Middletown hospital unveils banner celebrating this key milestone.

9 of nation’s top-ranked hospitals in or around Butler County

Atrium Medical Center in Middletown has received its first Healthgrades Top 100 — or top 2 percent — designation in this year’s rankingsPrior to Atrium moving into the Top 100, the hospital had been ranked as a Top 250 facility for the previous five years.

Also receiving a Healthgrades ranking are: Bethesda North Hospital in Montgomery, Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, and Mercy Health - Fairfield Hospital in Fairfield, all ranked in the Top 50 or top 1 percent. Also recognized as a Top 100 hospital is Mercy Health - West Hospital in Cincinnati. Overall, Ohio had 20 hospitals received a Healthgrades ranking.

Ramona Cheek, Mercy Fairfield’s chief nursing officer, said it’s “gratifying and satisfying” to receive recognition from an outside organization.

“I think it’s validation for all the hard work that we do,” she said. “I think it gives the public confidence that no matter what it is that we do that we’re going to do it well.”

The Healthgrades honor is the latest in a list of hospital awards that Mercy Fairfield has earned over the years, including patient experience, patient safety and clinical outcomes.

“We don’t do things just because we win awards; I think we win awards because we do the right things,” Cheek said. “I think we’re always trying to respond to what the need is out there for our community.”

Cheek said one of the things Mercy Fairfield consistently tries to achieve is “to react what it is our community needs.”

“What is the thing that our community needs, and the hospital trying to be proactive and active with that,” she said.

Other area hospitals recognized include West Chester Hospital, which received its fifth consecutive Top 250 designation. Other Top 250 hospitals include The Jewish Hospital in Kenwood, and Fort Hamilton Hughes Hospital in Hamilton.

Healthgrades America’s Best Hospitals is based on clinical quality outcomes for 32 conditions and procedures over a multi-year study period.

For this year’s awards, the organization analyzed Medicare Provider Analysis and Review data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for the years 2016 through 2018 – which amounts to more than 45 million Medicare medical claims records from nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide.

Some of Ohio’s top medical centers were not on the list, such as University of Cincinnati Medical Center, the Cleveland Clinic, Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Kettering Health Network or Dayton Children’s Hospital. Three hospitals in Indiana and one in Kentucky only made the Top 250 list.

“Recognition as one of America’s best 100 hospitals is a direct result of the hard work and dedication of our medical staff and all employees at Atrium Medical Center,” said Keith Bricking, MD, president of Atrium Medical Center. “We are proud to offer such a broad range of quality clinical care to patients and their families, all on one campus. Our employees are honored to serve the community as we strive for excellence, and it is gratifying to see their efforts recognized at the national level.”

Blue pom-poms were passed out to the guests and hospital employees attending the ceremony where a large banner was unfurled noting the new honor.

Adding that “the future is bright” at Atrium, Bricking said, “This is a great area for healthcare. This is why physicians want to come here and practice community medicine.”

Atrium’s Level III Trauma Center also was named among the top 10 percent of hospitals in the nation for critical care (12 consecutive years). Additionally, Atrium Medical Center has been recognized as a Five-Star recipient in several specialties including treatment of heart attack, sepsis, esophageal/stomach surgeries, GI Bleed, stroke, pneumonia, respiratory failure, and diabetic emergencies.

West Chester Hospital received its fifth consecutive Healthgrades 2020 America’s Top 250 Best Hospitals Award.

“Each and every hospital team member plays an important role in our achievement of this recognition,” said Tom Daskalakis, chief administrative officer for UC Health’s West Chester Hospital. “Our employees and physicians are very passionate about building and enhancing a culture of patient-centered care, and our placement among Healthgrades’ top-performing hospitals further highlights the outstanding clinical care we provide.”

“Hospital quality varies significantly from hospital to hospital, so it’s important for consumers to do their research and select a hospital that provides the best level of care for their specific needs,” said Brad Bowman, MD, chief medical officer at Healthgrades. “We congratulate the recipients of Healthgrades America’s 250 Best Hospitals Award for their commitment to improving clinical outcomes for patients.”

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