Improved Health for Our Community

New Programs Improve Health & Reduce Readmissions

  • Created the Center for Clinical Resources (CCR) to coordinate the care for patients living with:
    • Diabetes
    • Congestive Heart Failure
    • Hypertension
    • Chronic respiratory disease
    • Anticoagulation medications
    • Multiple medication therapies
    • And other chronic conditions
  • Achieved outstanding results with this centralized approach to care for patients managed by the team over the first year.
  • Diabetes patients experienced a 27 percent decrease in admissions and outpatient observation stays and a 16 percent decrease in Emergency Department visits.
  • Congestive heart failure patients had a 57 percent decrease in admissions.
  • More than 70 percent of anticoagulation patients had no hospital visits of any kind.

Total Cost Savings/Avoidance: $3.65 million

  • Aligned the WMHS Respiratory Therapy staff with the WMHS Home Care staff to provide respiratory care and education to patients in their homes
  • Implemented Community Health Workers, a team of specially trained individuals who can visit patients in their homes to help them manage their health
  • Completed first full year of community case management for behavioral health patients, significantly reducing their readmission rates and lowering overall admissions by 100
  • Expanded same-day appointments at the WMHS Wound and Hyperbaric Centerto help patients avoid unnecessary visits to Emergency Department

Community Health Needs Take Priority

  • Collaborated with the Allegany County Health Department and other community partners on the Local Health Improvement Plan as identified by the Community Health Needs Assessment. At the end of the first three-year cycle, progress was ranked "fair" or "better” on 100 percent of the 42 actions, with 83 percent of the actions ranked as "good.”
  • Worked cooperatively with the Allegany County Health Department and other community partners to update the Community Health Needs Assessment and develop a new Local Health Improvement Plan for 2015– 2017

Outreach Efforts Reach Many

  • Completed the second year of Project Fit at three area schools and implemented a Family Fit Challenge at each school
  • Worked with Make Health Choices Easy partners to facilitate worksite wellness projects
  • Offered a variety of community health and wellness programs, including individual health coaching and educational programs
  • Had 39,644 encounters and 4,431 volunteer hours logged by the Parish Nurse Program, and projects included breast cancer awareness, health fairs, medication safety, Mission of Mercy support, and lunch programs for area youth
  • Provided fresh fruit and sandwiches in cooperation with ARAMARK to the summer lunch program for 650 children, 5 days a week, at local churches and community centers
  • Offered Smart Moves, a family-approach to weight management for children ages 8 to 12
  • Launched marketing campaign to stress the importance of calling 9-1-1 at the first signs of a heart attack to expedite life-saving care.
  • Continued to offer free grocery store tours, cooking demonstrations, weight management programs and nutrition-related activities for the community
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