"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.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

What a Great Start to our 20th Anniversary Celebration

In Sunday’s Cumberland Times News, there was a wonderful letter to the editor from Steve Friend, a local attorney.  The letter is attached below.  I have received many complimentary letters regarding the health system, but this has to be up there in the top three.  To have a prominent attorney tout our health system and our staff as excellent, superb, professional, courteous, attentive, pleasant, a culture of kindness and very importantly, great senses of humor, is quite an honor.  All of these attributes are true, but then again I am biased.  But as Steve writes, look at the external objective sources like US News and World Report (hospital rankings), Healthgrades (top 50 heart programs in the US), the Maryland Patient Safety Center (Distinguished Achievements in Patient Safety Innovation),  the American Hospital Association (Living the Vision Award), Premier (Cares Award finalist) and being recognized as one of the nation’s Most Wired Hospitals by AHA.

We have so much to be proud of at WMHS as we celebrate our 20th anniversary.  In addition to our awards and what we do every day in the care of our patients, we successfully consolidated three hospitals in Allegany County, we built a new state of the art medical center and now provide care under a model that focuses on value not volume and is recognized nationally.  Our 20 years as a health system have been remarkably successful and our success is attributable to an amazing team of people doing some amazing things day after day.

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