Valley Hospital Wins National Award

FISHERSVILLE -- Augusta Health was recognized for being in the top 2 percent of hospitals in the country.

Fred Castello was a pediatrician for 25 years in the Valley and now, he's chief medical officer for Augusta Health.

“I've been in the community for 35 years almost now, so being able to see this hospital rise and be formed and now win awards is very gratifying,” said Castello.

The health care company, CPM Healthgrades, named Augusta Health one of America's 100 best hospitals.

“So these guys across the board, across all service lines and procedures, are doing a tremendous job,” said Vice President of CPM Healthgrades Matthew Cain.

They're doing it consistently. This is the second straight year Augusta Health has won the award.

“It's a culture. It's a willingness of leadership to invest in people, processes and technology. That's what you have to do to maintain this level of clinical performance,” said Cain.

Castello explained why the staff works so hard.

“It really helps the staff and the folks that work here understand that the reason we ask them to do the reliable things day after day really have an importance,” said Castello.

That can mean the difference between life and death and that's not just a cliché, that's a criteria. Cain said if all hospitals performed at the level of Augusta Health, they could save 165,000 lives each year.

Castello said it's about the hospital being a place that patients know they can depend on.

“Reliability is huge, and it's becoming a significant issue going forward. And we've concentrated on being able to provide reliable care, day after day, year after year, so it's very important to us,” said Castello.

CPM Healthgrades awards the top hospitals out of 4500 hospitals nationwide. Augusta Health also received an award for clinical excellence at the presentation on Tuesday.


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