Caldwell Memorial Hospital Earns Top NC & US & Regional Awards in Medical Excellence & Patient Safety for 2012

Lenoir – Caldwell Memorial Hospital announced today that its Vascular and Spine Center programs have earned a number of top regional, state and national recognitions.  The awards, from CareChex® -- A Quality Rating Service of The Delta Group, are for clinical excellence and patient safety, and are based on cumulative performance across the most recent three (3) years of public data.

Caldwell Memorial earned top recognition as the #1 hospital in North Carolina and one of the Top 100 hospitals in the U.S. for vascular surgery.  For interventional carotid care, Caldwell Memorial was among the Top 10% of North Carolina hospitals and among the Top 100 U.S. hospitals. Caldwell Memorial’s Spine Center program achieved #1 in the Hickory-Morganton-Lenoir region for Patient Safety in Spine Surgery.  

 “We are pleased to announce these awards in recognition of the outstanding vascular and spine care provided at Caldwell Memorial,” said Laura Easton, President and CEO.  “The good work performed by everyone involved further demonstrates our mutual commitment to patient-centered care that is always excellent.”

“CareChex allows the public to make informed decisions regarding the quality of medical care provided by hospitals,” said Dr. Thane Forthman, managing principal at The Delta Company.  “We are pleased to acknowledge that Caldwell Memorial Hospital has achieved a high level of performance in its Vascular and Spine programs, especially in the area of medical excellence and patient safety.  Caldwell Memorial is a benchmark that other hospitals should seek to emulate.”

Since its vascular program inception, Caldwell Memorial Hospital has been among the few hospitals in N.C. approved by CMS for reimbursement for carotid artery stenting.  The procedure is performed at Caldwell Memorial by Endovascular Surgeon Dr. Peter Purcell.  Additionally the hospital, its Center for Wound Treatment, Surgeons Dr. Peter Purcell and Dr. Donald Stewart, IV of Horizon Surgical Specialists, and Podiatrist Dr. Ross Jenkins of Horizon Foot & Ankle combine to make-up the hospital’s life-changing Limb Salvage Team.

Led by Caldwell Memorial Spine Center Program Medical Director and Orthopedic Spine Surgeon Dr. Matthew Hannibal of Carolina Orthopaedic Specialists, the Spine Center program at Caldwell Memorial is comprehensive.  The program includes inpatient and outpatient physical therapy at Caldwell Memorial Rehabilitation Services; pain management through anesthesiology at Caldwell Memorial and The Pain Management Center; dedicated spine center operating room and operating room staff; and patient education at The Quest4Life Wellness Center on a variety of topics including back pain, spine surgery, smoking cessation, nutrition, and diabetes.  Procedures performed by Dr. Hannibal as part of Caldwell Memorial’s Spine Center program include: Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF) with Dr. Peter Purcell; Balloon Kyphoplasty; Lateral Interbody Fusion (LIF); Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion (LLIF); Lumbar Laminectomy; and X-STOP Spacer.

Since opening in 1951, Caldwell Memorial Hospital has continued to grow and change in order to better meet the healthcare needs of the people of Caldwell County. The mission of Caldwell Memorial Hospital is to provide safe, effective, compassionate care and to promote healthy lifestyles to our community.

The Center for Wound Treatment, Caldwell Memorial Spine Center, Caldwell Memorial Rehabilitation Services, The Pain Management Center, and The Quest4Life Wellness Center are divisions of Caldwell Memorial Hospital.  Horizon Surgical Specialists, its division Horizon Foot & Ankle, and Carolina Orthopaedic Specialists are not divisions of Caldwell Memorial Hospital.