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Hospital again named one of top 100

December 09, 1998|By SCOTT BUTKI

The Washington County Hospital has again been named one of the 100 top hospitals in cost-efficiency and quality of medical care.

It is the second consecutive year that the hospital made the list of the "100 Top Hospitals: Benchmarks for Success."

The list is compiled by HCIA Inc., and William Mercer Inc., and was recently printed in Modern Healthcare magazine.

As was the case last year, the hospital in Hagerstown was the only hospital in Maryland to make the list.

"We were pleasantly surprised to get the award for the second year in a row," said Robert Milanchus, director of development, community relations and marketing.

This is an accomplishment of which hospital employees and local residents should be proud of, he said.

"This credit for this honor must be given to the entire staff of our health system, those who provide our high level of patient care," said Hospital President H.W. Murphy.

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To make the list, a hospital must meet benchmarks for clinical, operational and financial excellence. The list is not intended, however, to be a way for consumers to compare hospitals.

The hospital was listed in the category of large community benchmark hospitals since it has more then 250 beds.

HCIA Inc. develops and markets databases and products used to benchmark clinical performance and outcomes, profile best practices and manage the cost and delivery of health care.

William M. Mercer Inc., a unit of March & McLennan Cos., is a leading human resources consulting firm.

The list and a summary is available on the World Wide Web at http://www.hcia.com and http://www.wmmercer.com.

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