CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Charleston Area Medical Center exceeded the target in several quality of care areas, according to a scorecard presented in Wednesday's Board of Trustees meeting.
In one of the areas, CAMC had a score of 0.7 for observed versus expected mortality, which means that for every 100 patients expected, 70 are dying, explained Dale Wood, vice president of system improvement and chief quality officer.
Wood said the industry grades a hospital by comparing how many deaths occurred to how many were expected. The expected number is based on patients' clinical conditions.
"That's a pretty big deal. We are performing better than the average hospital dealing with the types of patients we are dealing with," Wood said.
Wood said CAMC also is performing well in patient safety and evidence based care reliability.
In patient safety, Wood explained CAMC is in the top safety composite. In evidence based care reliability, he explained there are different indicators for patient care. Reliability measures how many patients receive every element of this care. Wood said CAMC has exceeded its target when it comes to patients receiving every element of care.
The scorecard also looked into other areas including the emergency department, measuring the time through the emergency department.