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Conemaugh Health System and its members have earned national, regional and local recognition for their expertise, innovation and commitment to quality and patient care. Recent honors include:

HealthGrades 2011, 2009, 2008 and 2007 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence

HealthGrades 2011:

Healthgrades, the nation's leading independent healthcare ratings organization, released itsThirteenth Annual HealthGrades Hospital Quality in America study in October 2010. Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center received 5-star recognition in the following areas:

Cardiac - valve replacement, coronary interventional procedures, heart attack 

General Surgery – appendectomy 

Orthopedic – joint replacement surgery, total knee replacement and total hip replacement

Maternity Care  

Pulmonary – treatment of pneumonia, overall pulmonary care

Critical care – treatment of pulmonary embolism and respiratory failure

Vascular – abdominal aorta repair 

The HealthGrades study, the largest annual report of its kind, analyzed patient outcomes in nearly 40 million Medicare hospitalization records from 5,000 hospitals over the years 2007, 2008 and 2009. The 2011 study found:

  • Across all 17 procedures and diagnoses in which mortality was studied, there was an approximate 72% lower chance of dying in a 5-star rated hospital compared to a 1-star rated hospital, and a 53% lower chance of dying in a 5-star hospital compared with the national average.
  • If all hospitals performed at the level of a 5-star rated hospital across the 17 procedures and diagnoses studied, 232,442 Medicare lives could potentially have been saved from 2007 through 2009.

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Memorial Medical Center has also received the prestigious Blue Distinction® designation from Highmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield in the following specialties: 

Blue Distinction Center for Spine SurgerySM

Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip SurgerySM

Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac CareSM 

Only facilities that have “demonstrated expertise in delivering quality healthcare” and “better overall outcomes in patient care” are selected for this designation.

Specific criteria include:

Facility with well-established specialized services: emergency care, intensive care and the full range of patient-support services

Experienced and highly-trained surgeons

Quality management program to ensure patient safety and track clinical outcomes

We are proud to be among an elite group of medical centers honored with the Blue Distinction® designation, which coincides with our vision at Conemaugh Health System of providing, Excellence. Every Patient. Every Time.

Memorial takes the “Gold”- designated as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center 
The Joint Commission, formerly the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, recently recognized Memorial Medical Center (MMC) with disease-specific accreditation as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center - a title recognized nationally as the Gold Seal of Approval™ in healthcare. 

Memorial Medical Center earns the 2010 HealthGrades Pulmonary Care Excellence Award
Memorial Medical Center recognized with Consumer Choice Award for ninth consecutive year
For the ninth consecutive year, National Research Corporation (NRC) named Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center as a Consumer Choice Award recipient for 2009/2010. Of the more than 3,200 facilities named by consumers in the NRC Healthcare Market Guide Ticker study, the award identifies Memorial as one of 280 across the country and one of just 10 in Pennsylvania that healthcare consumers recognize as having the highest quality and image.The results are based on the 2009/2010 NRC Healthcare Market Guide Ticker study, the largest and most comprehensive study of its kind, which surveyed more than 250,000 households representing 450,000 consumers across the United States.

Memorial Medical Center is Only Pennsylvania Hospital Recognized for both Women’s Health and Maternity Care Excellence
Memorial Medical Center received the 2009/2010 Women’s Health Excellence Award™ and Maternity Care Excellence Award™ from HealthGrades, the nation’s leading independent healthcare ratings organization, based on a newly released study of patient outcomes.

UnitedHealthcare honors Memorial’s cardiac and orthopedic programs
Leaders at Memorial Medical Center are excited to announce that the facility has been designated as a UnitedHealth Premium Cardiac Specialty Center and a UnitedHealth Premium Total Replacement Specialty Center for 2007 through 2009.

Conemaugh Home Health named to the HomeCare Elite Top 500 
Conemaugh Home Health has been named one of the top 500 home health agencies in the country according to HomeCare Elite. The 2010 HomeCare Elite ranking identifies the top home health agencies in the nation by an analysis of performance measures in quality outcomes, quality improvement and financial performance. Out of more than 9,000 home health agencies, Conemaugh Home Health’s designation puts it in the top 5% in the nation.   

Crichton Rehabilitation Center- CARF Accrediation
Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) announced that Crichton Rehabilitation Center has been accredited for a period of three years for its Inpatient Rehabilitation Programs – Hospital (Adults) and Inpatient Rehabilitation Programs– Hospital (Children and Adolescents). The latest accreditation is the third consecutive Three-Year Accreditation outcome that the international accrediting commission has awarded to the Crichton Rehabilitation Center.

American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer - Three Year With Commendation Approval Award 2011
The Commission has recognized Memorial Medical Center's cancer program with its highest honor, the Three Year With Commendation Approval Award. Memorial is home to the only accredited cancer program in Bedford, Cambria and Somerset Counties.

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