Improved Health for Our Community

Programs Improve Health & Reduce Readmissions

  • Provided education for nearly 200 persons newly diagnosed with diabetes through the Center for Clinical Resources.  After this early intervention, these patients were able to avoid escalation of the diabetes and use of other hospital services beyond the CCR.
  • Achieved outstanding results for patients being managed by the team in the Center for Clinical Resources
  • Diabetes patients experienced an 11.5 percent decrease in admissions.
  • Congestive heart failure patients had a 27 percent decrease in admissions
  • More than 64 percent of anticoagulation patients had no hospital visits of any kind.

Total Cost Savings/Avoidance: $8 million

  • Avoided 400 ED visits/hospital admissions of patients using the WMHS Wound and Hyperbaric Center as visits rose to 8,400 in FY15.  Achieved a readmission rate of 11 percent for Behavioral Health Services patients, an improvement for the second consecutive year.
  • Implemented care coordination for patients with end-stage renal disease and reduced their rate of readmissions to 12 percent, down from 30 percent in FY12.

Community Health Needs Take Priority

  • Donated over $300,000 to address social needs in our region, such as dental services, transportation, food, shelter, medications, and clothing.
  • Involved actively with coordinating local efforts to launch Bridges to Opportunity, a collaborative approach addressing extensive poverty issues in the region. Also hosted 350 people in training sessions for Ruby Payne’s Bridges Out of Poverty, the basis for the new local initiative.
  • Implemented a stringent opioid use for the Emergency Department and demonstrated leadership in the community on drug-related issues.
  • Encouraged employee participation in fundraising activities for organizations that provide support services for our patients. Employees also donated school supplies, food, and other items needed by local organizations.
  • Initiated a transport program with Allegany County Human Resources Development Commission for patients at WMHS who have no transportation home.

Activities Promote Better Health

  • Developed the Williams Street Community Garden in partnership with the University of Maryland Extension, City of Cumberland, Eby’s Landscape Center, Lowes Home Improvement, Hermann’s Seeds and WCI. In addition to plots for community residents, WMHS is caring for several plots and donating the produce to the Western Maryland Food Bank.
  • Implemented a Family Fit and Fun challenge with 14 public elementary schools and 2 private schools. Over 1500 students and their families participated in increasing physical activity and making healthy eating choices.
  • Offered 17 low-cost programs to increase healthy choices and promote behavior change, reaching nearly 3700 people. Programs included Weekly Wellness Boosters, Mile Movers, Community Baby Shower, Smart Moves, Healthy Worksite Challenge, Change to Win and health coaching.
  • Had 38,809 encounters and 4,622 volunteer hours logged by the Parish Nurse Program.
  • Created a support group for heart failure patients that meets monthly.
  • Continued to offer free grocery store tours, cooking demonstrations, weight management programs and nutrition-related activities.
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