David J. Kilarski
John Krahnert Jr., M.D.
PINEHURST – FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital has been rated high performing in four areas used in the U.S. News & World Report’s first ever ratings of Best Hospitals in Common Care. The new ratings were determined during an evaluation of more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide on common inpatient procedures and conditions. FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital was ranked high performing in COPD, heart failure, heart bypass and knee replacement.
“It is an honor to be recognized by U.S. News & World Report,” says David J. Kilarski, chief executive officer for FirstHealth of the Carolinas. “To be recognized as a high performing hospital in the new common care ratings confirms that we provide quality care to the communities we serve. Our care delivery and quality is clearly on par with some of the best health care institutions in the nation. It is also very gratifying that this recognition is shared with FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital – Hoke Campus and Richmond Memorial Hospital because both hospitals are divisions of the flagship hospital in Pinehurst.”
U.S. News evaluated hospitals in five procedures and medical conditions – heart bypass surgery, hip replacement, knee replacement, heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) – and rated them high performers, average or below average. Only 10 percent of the hospitals rated in each condition or procedure were found to be high performing, meaning their quality measures were statistically better than the national average.
“We are grateful for external recognitions that validate our ongoing commitment to our patients every day,” says John F. Krahnert, FirstHealth’s chief medical officer. “Moore Regional continues to be a top performer year after year. This is a testament to our exceptional medical and nursing staffs.”
U.S. News created the Best Hospitals for Common Care ratings to help patients find better care for the kinds of common procedures and medical conditions that account for millions of hospitalizations each year. Objective outcome measures such as deaths, infections, readmissions, and operations that need to be repeated as well as patient satisfaction data largely determined the ratings. The Best Hospitals for Common Care ratings rely on Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services data for patients 65 and older, as well as survey data from the American Hospital Association and clinical registry data from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons.