BELLAIRE- Belmont Community Hospital (BCH) has been recognized as an "exceptional performer" in the two areas of patient safety by the Central Atlantic region of VHA, the national health care network.
BCH, a division of Wheeling Hospital, demonstrated continued high performance on two safety initiatives during 2011: reductions in both MRSA infections and patient falls with injury.
VHA Inc., founded in 1977, is network of not-for-profit hospitals that work together to improve their clinical and economic performance. VHA includes more than 1,400 hospitals and 25,500 non-acute health care organizations.
Belmont Community Hospital has earned two patient care awards from the Central Atlantic region of VHA. The region’s Senior Director, Greg Tornatore, left, presents the awards to BCH Administrator John DeBlasis, center, and Dr. Dennis Niess, Wheeling Hospital’s representative to the Central Atlantic region.
"VHA Central Atlantic member hospitals have been working collaboratively for the last four years on a number of Patient Safety and Quality Improvement initiatives," said Greg Tornatore, VHA region senior director. "Belmont Community Hospital has been a consistent participant in these improvement efforts, and has recently been identified as an exceptional performer."
Specifically, BCH achieved a 50 percent or more reduction in MRSA rate in calendar year 2011 compared to calendar year 2010. In addition, the hospital attained a 50 percent or greater reduction in the rate of falls with injury in July December 2011 compared to January June 201.
Dr. Dennis Niess, Wheeling Hosptial's representative to the VHA Central Atlantic Board, said, "We're pleased to accept these awards. It demonstrates one of the many good things occurring at Belmont Community Hospital. Its staff works very hard to ensure patient care is at its highest level."