Wheeling Hospital ranks among the safest health care organizations in the nation, according to the SafeCare Group.
Among the more than 4,500 acute care organizations in the United States, only 100 made the cut, including Wheeling Hospital. It was named to the most recent "100 SafeCare Hospitals" list.
No other hospital in the region or the state of West Virginia made the list.
"There are several factors considered for this recognition. Among them is the ability to keep in-hospital and surgical infection rates very low. These types of accomplishments are due to our staff members' commitment to maintaining a premium level of patient care. They deserve our thanks," said Ron Violi, Wheeling Hospital chief executive officer.
Involved in the SafeCare selection process is a comprehensive analysis of publicly available data from the more than 4,500 acute care organizations. SafeCare Group, based in Lexington, Ky., made its selections based on more than 30 key measures covering the triple aims of excellence in health care: quality, patient safety and efficiency of care.
At a news conference announcing the SafeCare designation, Wheeling Mayor Andy McKenzie congratulated the hospital and said, "We're very, very proud to have the safest hospital in the State of West Virginia right here in Wheeling.
"This benefits Wheeling's citizens, potential residents and our businesses. It also strengthens the fact that Wheeling is a great place to live. We not only have good health care here, but with Wheeling Hospital we have the very best health care there is."