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High rankings of hospitals in Valley inspire confidence


Published: Sat, August 12, 2017 @ 12:00 a.m.

U.S. News and World Report this week validated what many of us already have long believed: Mahoning Valley residents enjoy easy access to top-notch health care at hospitals in the region.

In the magazine’s exhaustive analysis and rankings of 220 hospitals in Ohio and 4,500 in the United States using 75 measures of care, several hospitals in the region performed admirably well.

The rankings are valuable in comforting Valley residents who rely on Greater Youngstown health-care facilities for potentially life-and-death services. It also sheds light on which facilities rank highest in any of 16 specialty areas, including cancer, heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), diabetes and rehabilitation. Survival and readmission rates, quality of nursing and patient safety also figure into the equation.

In other words, the ratings offer high levels of trust and credibility to consumers making critical health-care decisions.

THIS YEAR’S HONOREES

Those in the Valley singled out for special recognition this year include:

St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital, which is ranked No. 18 overall in the state. The 379-bed facility with about 17,000 admissions and 76,400 emergency room visits per year, received high performance marks in nephrology, pulmonology, heart failure and COPD treatments.

St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, ranked No. 22 overall in the state. The 193-bed suburban hospital with 12,961 admissions and 46,534 emergency room visits in a recent year, received high performance grades in COPD, heart failure and knee replacement.

St. Joseph Warren Hospital, part of the same Mercy Health network as the two honorees above, also ranked as high performing. The 236-bed facility with 74,300 emergency room visits and 8,036 admissions in a recent year, received honors for COPD and heart disease treatment.

Trumbull Memorial Hospital, now a part of the Steward Health Care system, also drew praise in the analysis. The Warren hospital with 292 beds, 95,000 emergency visits and about 15,000 admissions yearly, was named a High Performing Hospital for its treatment of heart disease.

In some respects, the findings merely confirm what other analyses already have documented. For example, for several years running, the Youngstown-Warren-Boardman area ranked No. 1 nationally in a study of ease of access to health care by Smart Asset, a personal-finance and technology consulting company. It points out that the Mahoning Valley is particularly blessed with a bountiful supply of physicians with 221 doctor’s offices per each 100,000 of our residents.

These and other accolades also provide a challenge to Mercy Health, Steward and other health-care providers in the Valley to safeguard and build upon their reputations. In so doing, they also help build a more robust quality of life for all in the region.


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