All 6 Valley Health Hospitals receive national recognition

All six Valley Health hospitals have earned top safety grades and top hospital awards from the Leapfrog Group.

The Leapfrog Group is the only hospital ratings program based exclusively on hospital prevention of medical errors and harm to patients.

The group awards an A, B, C, D, or F grade to nearly 3,000 hospitals across the country.

The grades are based on 30 evidence-based patient safety performance measures reflecting errors, injuries, accidents, and infections and the systems in place to prevent harm.

According to a Valley Health email both Winchester Medical Center and Warren Memorial Hospital have received an A Grade in Safety.

Shenandoah, Page, War, and Hampshire Memorial Hospitals all received Top 100 Hospital Awards from the Chartis Center for Rural Health.

Warren Memorial was also named to the top 100 list of Rural and Community Hospitals in the country.

Mark Nantz President and CEO of Valley Health noted that the national recognition speaks to the dedication of the healthcare teams at all the hospitals in the Valley Health systems.

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SU expands online options for pharmacy program

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Shenandoah University’s Bernard J. Dunn School of Pharmacy is expanding it’s Pharm.D. program to include online options to provide flexible options and “on demand” learning for students in the 4 year program.

The new online hybrid pathway will begin this fall.

SU is just one of ten schools in the country offering online Pharm.D. pathways and was the first School of Pharmacy to offer the online option through its nontraditional program.

The university will continue to offer in-person options at the Health Professions Building on the Winchester Medical Center campus of Valley Health.

Students in the online hybrid option will only need to visit Shenandoah 3-5 days twice a semester.

Online students are eligible for the same scholarships and aid offered to in-person students.

The application deadline for all pharmacy pathways for the fall semester is June 1st.

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VH Hospitals reach the top 100 in a nationwide survey

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Valley Health (VH) reports that 5 of their hospitals have placed well in a nationwide survey.

The Chartis Center for Rural Health completes a nationwide report on the performance of rural hospitals annually.

In the 2024 report 5 of Valley Health’s hospitals were placed in the top 100 nationally.

Among VH’s Critical Access Hospitals Shenandoah, Page, War, and Hampshire Memorial Hospitals all placed in the top 100.

Shenandoah Memorial Hospital is the only Virginia hospital to be placed in the top 100 for three years straight.

Both Hampshire and War Memorial were the only West Virginia hospitals to reach the top 100.

The larger Warren Memorial Hospital reached the top 100 on the list of Rural and Community Hospitals.

Warren Memorial is not federally designated as a Critical Access Hospital having less than 25 acute care inpatient beds.

Conditionally a Non-Critical Access hospital also has to be located more than 35 miles from another hospital along with other criteria.

Warren Memorial was one of only four Virginia hospitals to make the Rural and Community list.

These lists are compiled from publicly reported data along with 36 measures of quality, outcomes, patient satisfaction and cost among that criteria.

VH President and CEO Mark Nantz calls the rankings a testament to the high level of care provided by hospital caregivers every day.

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Valley Health announces new partnership for rehabilitation services

Valley Health announced a new partnership with Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation, one of the most comprehensive rehabilitation providers and one of the largest not-for-profit independent rehabilitation hospitals in the country.

This partnership will expand access to high quality acute rehabilitation services and implement industry best practices in specialized physical medicine and rehabilitation.

The transition to Mary Free Bed will begin on March 3rd and include 60 current inpatient rehabilitation team members currently located at the Cork Street Rehabilitation Center.

The change will not impact other Valley Health outpatient or inpatient staff at other facilities.

Mark Nantz, president and CEO of Valley Health said, “We are excited to welcome Mary Free Bed and add their expertise to our rehabilitation operations. Both organizations share a strong commitment to creating excellent patient experiences and this strategic partnership further supports Valley Health’s mission to serve our community by improving health.”

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Valley Health begins accepting Community Partnership Grant applications

Valley Health is now accepting applications for a Community Partnership Grant from community agencies and nonprofits addressing the region’s health challenges.

A total of $200,000 will be distributed to 11 grants in increments ranging from $2,500 to $100,000.

Proposals for Community Partnership Grants are evaluated based on their potential to impact four health priorities identified by a recent Community Health Needs Assessment.

The 2022 CNHA analyzed over 1,800 surveys, 200 interviews with community leaders, and six community response sessions and found that the areas needing the most attention include:

  • Mental Health and Substance Use
  • Health Behaviors and Chronic Disease
  • Access to Care
  • Social Economic Factors

Valley Health also plans to invest more than $800,000 in other critical partnerships with community health organizations.

Director of Community Health Jason Craig said, “We recognize our community’s health concerns are complex and we cannot solve them alone. Partnering with community agencies enables us to leverage our resources to make a more meaningful impact on persistent health trends and disparities affecting our region.”

2023 recipients include:

  • $100,000
    • Morgan County Partnership
  • $25,000
    • Page Alliance for Community Action
    • Winchester Area Temporary Transitional Shelter
  • $10,000
    • Child Safe Center
    • Concern Hotline
    • Literacy Volunteers Winchester Area
    • Wheels for Wellness
    • Winchester Rescue Mission

For grant application details, click here.

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Valley Health and Anthem announce five year agreement

Valley Health and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield announced a new agreement that will keep Valley Health physicians and hospitals in Anthem’s provider networks.

The new agreement allows Anthem customers uninterrupted access to Valley Health through 2028.

Anthem is the largest health insurer in Virginia and serves thousands of community members.

The negotiations focused on the implementation of digital connectivity to simplify system requirements, streamlining business processes, and focusing on value-based care options with an emphasis on quality care at affordable rates.

Valley Health President and CEO Mark Nantz said, “We are pleased to announce a new long-term agreement with Anthem that ensures in-network access to the physicians and caregivers our patients know and trust.”

Additional details on the agreement were not disclosed.

Valley Health encourages patients to call the Customer Service team at 1-866-414-4576 or the Member Services number on the back of their Anthem card if they have any questions on the new agreement.

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WMH and WMC earn an “A” in hospital safety

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Valley Health’s two acute care hospitals, Warren Memorial Hospital and Winchester Medical Center, earned an “A” Hospital Safety Grade from the Leapfrog Group.

This makes them the highest graded facilities in the Northern Shenandoah Valley/Eastern Panhandle region.

Grades reflected in the 2023 review are the first since the pandemic and represent WMC’s 8th straight A rating and fourth for WMH.

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is based exclusively on hospital prevention of medical errors and harm to patients utilizing 30 different safety performance measures.

The grading system is peer reviewed and open to the public for additional transparency.

Grades are updated each fall and spring.

Tonya Smith, president of Winchester Medical Center and senior vice president of acute care for Valley Health said, “I’m extremely proud to work alongside a team of caregivers who prioritize patient safety- every day, on every shift, throughout the hospital.”

A link to the full announcement with Fall 2023 Hospital Safety Grades is available here.

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VH President and CEO named one of VA.’s top 500 leaders

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The President and CEO of Valley Health Systems Mark Nantz has been named one of Virginia’s top 500 leaders.

The Virginia Business Magazine announced its 500 list highlighting individuals in business, government and higher education.

Nantz is one of 28 hospital and health system leaders to be chosen from the Healthcare, Biotech, Pharmaceutical sectors.

Virginia Business Magazine publisher and president Bernie Niemeier notes that the publication aims to list powerful people who get deals done across the state.

Nantz oversees six hospitals including 2 in West Virginia employing more than 6,000 people.

Nantz is credited with focusing on a culture of employee and patient safety, financial stability and strong connection to purpose.

Nantz has overseen Valley Health Systems since 2020.

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WCSO celebrates Drug Take Back Day results

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Local law enforcement partnered with Valley Health and the Drug Enforcement Agency for the bi-annual Drug Take Back Day over the weekend.

Last year, organizations collected over 721,000 pounds of unwanted prescription drugs from across the country.

This year, the Warren County Sheriff’s Office alone collected 125 pounds of unneeded prescription medication.

The next Drug Take Back Day will be held in October.

You can also check with a local pharmacy to see if they offer a drug takeback program or contact the Warren County Sheriff’s Office and they will provide a free Deterra drug neutralizing pouch to dispose of medications.

Discarding unwanted and unneeded medications is the easiest way to reduce the chance of drug abuse, misuse or overdose in your home.

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Valley Health and SU address nursing shortage

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Shenandoah University is working with Valley Health and the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association to address the area’s nursing shortage.

Through the program NextGen Nurses, they will attempt to enhance training to inspire nurses and create a pipeline of future healthcare professionals.

The program utilizes the experience of semi-retired and retired nurses before they leave the profession and is designed to provide a replicable model for the rest of the state.

NextGen Nurses is funded in part by a $496,000 GO Virginia Economic Resilience and Recovery Grant.

This is part of a state-funded initiative by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development to diversify the economy and create higher-wage jobs in strategic fields.

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