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Wheeling Hospital named among nation's safest

Updated: Thursday, January 16 2014, 09:06 PM EST

By: NEWS9 and Crissy Clutter

Wheeling Hospital is the safest hospital in West Virginia and one of the safest in the country, according to a recent study.

SafeCare Group, a firm that analyzes government data, chose the 100 safest hospitals in the nation. The firm looks at data like low infection rates, low readmissions rates and patient satisfaction, then chooses its list.

"What this means for the hospital … what it means to the patients and the people that have faith in this facility (is) no one wants to come in for a fractured hip or surgery and that problem and leave with another," said Wheeling Hospital Chief Medical Officer Dr. Angelo Georges.

Hospital officials said the top honors are the result of the facility's employees. Heidi Porter, director of quality management, said she works hard to track and trend any event that could cause harm to the patient.

"We want people to come to Wheeling Hospital to have safe care and no harm, and patients to have excellent outcome. No complications, no readmissions. Patient's seek a hospital when they're sick. We want them to leave in the best possible shape that they can," Porter said.

On Thursday, hospital staff met with city leaders and Mayor Andy McKenzie commended the group, saying he's been a patient there in the past and received excellent care.

Ron Violi, chief executive officer of Wheeling Hospital, said, "Certainly to be recognized like this and get an award of this magnitude is a big deal. I think its bigger deal for the city of Wheeling and the state of West Virginia, it puts you on the map."

Violi came to Wheeling Hospital seven years ago and said he's made it his mission to restore the hospital and meet the needs of residents in the Ohio Valley, but he said he hasn't done it alone.

"I think this is great. I think it does a lot of things. I think it speaks volumes for the people who work here. The difference comes in people and we've got the best people going. As good as you get anywhere," Violi said.

The 100 hospitals in the nation that made the list did not have to apply for the award nor pay anything to market the honor.

Wheeling Hospital named among nation's safest

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