"The Ronan Report" provides insight about the activities at the Western Maryland Health System in Cumberland, Maryland, and about the changes taking place in healthcare today from a CEO's perspective.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Amazing Accomplishments

I have had the opportunity over the last week to express my appreciation to the leadership of WMHS as to our accomplishments over the last year.  I also asked that they convey that same appreciation to our staff throughout the System.

Some of the more notable successes for fiscal year 2015 are as follows:

  • Created the Bridges to Opportunity program to address poverty throughout our region.
  • Established our first community garden, providing fresh fruit and vegetables to those who may not have the opportunity to get them.  We also  provided hundreds of pounds of fruits and vegetables directly to the Western Maryland Food Bank from the garden.
  • Strong recruitment year for physicians and advanced practice professionals helped to meet a number of previously unmet needs at WMHS.
  • Refinanced our hospital bonds and saved $43 million over the next 25 years.
  • Ended the year fiscally very strong with a total margin of 14.45%.
  • Grew days cash on hand to 208 days.
  • Ended the year as Maryland's top performing hospital for hand hygiene.
  • Received Premier's Platinum Performance Achievement Award for the treatment of myocardial infarction.
  • Selected as one of the nation's Most Wired Hospitals by the American Hospital Association.
  • Ranked as the 11th best hospital in Maryland by US News and World Report.
  • Received the Maryland Patient Safety Center's Distinguished Achievement in Patient Safety Award.
  • Saved over $8 million through the Center for Clinical Resources by caring for patients with heart disease, Diabetes, hypertension and COPD in a setting other than inpatient acute care.

FY 2015 was an exceptional year and only achievable through the hard work and dedication of some amazing people.

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