GRMC Orthopedics Ranked a High-performing Hospital by U.S. News & World Report

GRMC Orthopedics Ranked A High-performing Hospital by U.S. News & World Report

In the front row (left to right) are Todd Feathers MD, Dona Alvarez MD, and H. John Park MD of Garrett County Orthopedics. In the back row is CEO & President Mark Boucot with the Garrett Regional Medical Center surgical team.

U.S. News & World Report recently recognized Garrett Regional Medical Center (GRMC) as a high-performing hospital in procedures and conditions for hip fractures.

Since 2000, the Garrett County Orthopedics office of Dona Alvarez MD, Todd Feathers MD, and H. John Park MD – three board-certified orthopedic surgeons – have been delivering high-quality, personalized medical care to the residents of Garrett County and the surrounding areas.

“This recognition for Garrett Orthopedics is long overdue. I am grateful to Dr. Alvarez for having the vision to work with the hospital to recruit new surgeons to our community, and we’re blessed to have world-class orthopedic physicians working at GRMC. They have impressively low infection rates and the lowest readmission rate of any of the hospitals in our region,” stated Mark Boucot, President & CEO of GRMC and Potomac Valley Hospital.

Boucot continued, “this recognition would not be possible without the superlative team in the operating room and those who work in the perioperative department as well. I am proud of them for their technical skills and proficiency, and even more so for their empathy and caring for patients.”

“This award comes as a surprise to us. We had no idea we were receiving it because all we were doing is humbly treating each of our patients like a member of our own family,” noted Dona Alvarez, MD. “That is why we are here.”

Garrett County Orthopedics provides a wide variety of specialty services to patients, including total joint replacement surgery, sports medicine, arthroscopic surgery, endoscopic carpal tunnel release, and trauma/fracture care.

According to the U.S. News & World Report, a hospital’s hip fracture score is based on multiple data categories, including patient outcomes, prevention of readmission, and more. Over 6,000 hospitals were evaluated, and eligible hospitals received one of three ratings – high performing (694 hospitals), average (1,720 hospitals), or below average (575 hospitals), with the balance either not offering the services or performing too few of the procedures to be rated.

GRMC received excellent quality indicator ratings in both readmission prevention and patient experience. In addition, GRMC’s high-performing ranking for hip fractures is significantly better than the national average.

Since clinically affiliating with WVU Medicine in 2015, GRMC has greatly increased the specialty care services available at its Oakland campus and transformed the hospital into a true regional medical center. GRMC now provides cancer care, urology and nephrology, dermatology, cardiopulmonary, cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, and heart and vascular care services, among others.

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