Garrett Regional Medical Center (GRMC) has been named a Top 20 Rural and Community Hospital in the country for the second year in a row. The annual rankings, released by the National Rural Health Association (NRHA), are based on a rigorous assessment of patient data from hospitals across the country using the Hospital Strength Index.
“It is a tremendous honor to achieve this prestigious award two years in a row,” said Mark Boucot, GRMC President and CEO. “It is our staff’s commitment to the incredible work they do that has led us to receive this national recognition. The standard of excellence that we’ve been able to maintain through the pandemic is a testament to our dedicated and talented team. I’m sincerely grateful to serve this community and for the amazing team of physicians and staff who provide world-class healthcare right here in Oakland MD.”
Top ranking hospitals are identified using the Chartis Rural Hospital Performance INDEX, the most comprehensive and objective assessment of rural PPS hospital performance. The determining factors for the Top 20 Rural and Community Hospital designation are based on eight indicators: inpatient market share, outpatient market share, quality, outcomes, patient perspective, cost, charge, and financial efficiency.
In addition to being named a Top 20 Rural and Community Hospital, GRMC has been listed as a Top 100 Rural and Community Hospital for the past four years and in February, GRMC President and CEO Mark Boucot was named a Top Rural Health CEO to Know by Becker’s Hospital Review. GRMC has also been recognized by the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health with a Performance Leadership Award in Outcomes and received six consecutive safety grades of A from the Leapfrog Group, an organization that grades hospitals across the country on issues impacting patient safety and quality care.
“It has been a challenging couple of years for healthcare, and despite the intense pressure placed on our providers, nurses and the entire staff, we have continued to do what we do best – provide our community with the highest level of quality care,” said Marjorie Fridkin, MD, GRMC Chief Medical Officer.
GRMC’s excellent patient outcomes play a key role in the recognition the hospital achieves. GRMC had no inpatient central line-associated blood stream infections in 2021, marking eight years since a patient experienced such an infection in the facility. The hospital also ended the past year with no inpatient catheter associated urinary tract infections, the fifth consecutive year without this type of infection. GRMC also had the lowest Case Mix Adjustment Readmission Rate in the state at 5.15% in 2021, and since January 2020 has maintained its stance as having one of the best statistics in Maryland on hospital acquired conditions
NRHA is a nonprofit organization working to improve the health and well-being of rural Americans and provide leadership on rural health issues through advocacy, communications, education, and research.