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Published on October 12, 2012

DCMH Recognized for High Performance by U.S. News and World Report

Drexel Hill, Pa. – For the second year in a row, Delaware County Memorial Hospital was recognized for “high performance” in several fields by U.S. News and World Report.

U.S. News and World Report publishes national rankings in 16 specialties. They also rank hospitals in selected metropolitan areas as well as most states. DCMH was honored for high performance in Geriatrics, Orthopedics and Urology. The hospital was also among the best in the Philadelphia metropolitan area and Pennsylvania, ranking #16 in metro Philadelphia and #30 in the state.

DCMH was singled out for high scores in patient safety and was commended for demonstrating a commitment to reducing accidents and medical mistakes.

As a member of the Premier/Crozer-Keystone Orthopedics Partnership, DCMH offers patients access to programs and services that are thought to only be available at city hospitals. Whether you need a hip or knee replacement, arthroscopic surgery, or suffer a sports injury, DCMH possesses the right ingredients to make your orthopedic experience as successful and stress-free as possible.

“I’m not surprised that DCMH was included in this prestigious award yet again,” says Nicholas DiNubile, M.D., chief of the Section of Orthopedic Surgery at DCMH. “We work very hard as a team — the surgeons, nurses, physical therapists and administration — to constantly improve quality. It is terrific when this effort and dedication are recognized from the outside.”

DiNubile cites anterior hip replacement, custom knee replacement, cartilage regeneration and specialized sports medicine services as some of the standout programs at DCMH. “The team is always working to enhance the patient’s experience of care,” he says. “We offer the latest advances comparable to any academic institution but with a far more patient-oriented emphasis, especially in the area of communication and follow-up care. Our surgeons are personally there for you throughout your entire care; not just for the surgery.”

DiNubile knows about achieving this distinction multiple times — he consistently captures a spot in U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation’s top doctors in orthopedic surgery, and has done so again this year.

Geriatrics was another high-performing DCMH service. Led by Joseph Goldschmidt, M.D., chief of the Section of Geriatrics, the program’s goal is to offer those services that seniors most frequently use in an environment that caters to their specific needs. “It is wonderful that we received such recognition,” Goldschmidt says. “We have a high density of senior patients and the hospital is used to caring for their unique problems. Social workers are great at assessing and fulfilling patient needs and help the patients ‘navigate the system.’”

DCMH’s geriatricians use specialized geriatric protocols to manage patients through assessment, primary care and inpatient hospital care. As a member of the Crozer-Keystone Health System, DCMH also has access to services that include the Geriatric Evaluation and Management program and geriatric psychiatry services, as well as the comprehensive programs offered by the Senior Health Services department.

In addition to Orthopedics and Geriatrics, DCMH also achieved “high performance” in Urology.

It came as no surprise to Section Chief William McGowan, M.D. “I think DCMH is an excellent community hospital with well-trained specialists who provide state-of-the-art treatment and do a fine job of care coordination,” he says. “The hospital’s nursing staff has many experienced nurses who have been here many years and are dedicated to providing the best care they can for the patients.”

McGowan adds that the experience of DCMH’s urologists also serves patients well. “We have specialists who bring a broad range of experience to challenging urologic problems,” he says. “We treat a lot of cancer and kidney problems, and are up-to-date in the use of minimally invasive procedures to solve them. For example, we perform robotic prostatectomies and use a laparoscopic technique to remove kidneys, and have a range of endoscopic expertise to treat both cancer and stone disease. We focus on techniques to remove the cancer and do everything we can to save the kidney. Twenty years ago we took the whole kidney out. Depending on the patient’s age we can freeze a tumor with cryotherapy or just cut the tumor out.”

“The hospital rankings are like a GPS-type aid to help steer patients to hospitals with strong skills in the procedures and medical conditions that present the biggest challenges,” says Avery Comarow, U.S. News Health Rankings editor. “All of these hospitals are the kinds of medical centers that should be on your list when you need the best care.”

The rankings were published by U.S. News and World Report in collaboration with RTI International, a research organization based in Research Triangle Park, N.C. The complete rankings and methodology are available at http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals.

For more information about the programs and services at Crozer-Keystone Health System, visit www.crozerkeystone.org.

 

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