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MCH, a year in review
March 25, 2011
Written by Freb Kolb, Madison County Hospital CEO
While we are well on our way through 2011, I wanted to take a moment to review the advancements we made last year at Madison County Hospital and thank our physicians, staff, and community members who continue to help strengthen us and improve our ability to be Madison County's healthcare provider of choice.
The year 2010 was an outstanding year for MCH in terms of the quality of health care provided to our patients and families. To help us measure our quality in comparison to other hospitals, we look to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
CMS has created a list of best practices, or core measures, for hospitals when treating certain conditions, such as heart failure or pneumonia, and performing certain procedures, such as surgery. We report our compliance in applying CMS best practices to the Ohio Hospital Association (OHA). OHA then reports which hospitals are the most compliant and lists them as a best practice hospital.
MCH is currently a best practice hospital in 16 applicable core measures, which means we are 90-100 percent compliant in using CMS best practices. We are over 80 percent compliant in an additional 10 measures. Our high compliance demonstrates our commitment to providing high quality care.
Another quality measure is our rate of hospital-acquired infections. Recently, MCH went 21 months without a hospital-acquired infection. According to the Center for Disease Control, it is estimated that four to five percent of all patients get an infection while in the hospital. The fact that our hospital-acquired infection rate is 0.06 percent exemplifies our staff’s dedication to quality health care. Every employee at MCH takes ownership of infection prevention, and that has made a big difference.
In addition to advancements in quality, we have also made technological improvements at MCH. In the past year, we have updated the hospital information system and installed a Radiology Information System (RIS). RIS allows the Radiology Department to be more efficient by working with a digital imaging system to quickly communicate with radiologists, schedulers, and physicians.
While 2010 still proved to be a tough economic year for hospitals across the country, MCH saw a positive bottom line. We all heard stories of community hospitals being forced to close services such as emergency or maternity care, but because of the fiscal responsibility we have been practicing since the beginning of the economic downturn, MCH emerged financially strong.
Our financial strength not only allows us to keep improving our technology and facility, but most importantly, allows us to keep our doors open so we can continue providing care to the community.
As people in Madison County continue to deal with economic hardship, MCH is here to support the community. In 2010 MCH provided $6.5 million in charity and unreimbursed care. That number is up from $5.4 million in 2009.
Our New Beginnings Prenatal Clinic continues to provide moms-to-be with education and care regardless of their financial situation. Also, with the assistance of a grant from the Columbus Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for a Cure, our Battelle Breast Care Center offers Breast Care Clinics, which provide mammograms and breast exams at no out-of-pocket cost to women, whether or not they have insurance.
After a successful 2010, we look forward to continued improvements in 2011. This year our goals include reaching even higher levels of success in quality and patient satisfaction indicators. We plan to make facility and equipment improvements including renovation of the Radiology Department and the addition of a Central Fetal Monitoring System for Maternity, plus new equipment for surgery, the laboratory, and other key departments. We are also beginning information technology improvements, preparing MCH for the implementation of electronic health records within the next few years.
Moving into our 49th year of service, MCH continues to touch many lives in Madison County. In 2010, 280 babies were born at the hospital. Physicians and specialists performed 1,500 surgeries, and there were more than 15,000 visits to the emergency department. In the years to come, MCH will remain steadfastly committed to changing with the times and providing outstanding care to the people of Madison County.