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U.S. News & World Report names St. Mary’s among best hospitals in West Virginia

(HUNTINGTON) — St. Mary’s Medical Center has been recognized as a Best Hospital for 2019-20 by U.S. News & World Report. This is the second consecutive year St. Mary’s has received this award.

The annual Best Hospitals rankings and ratings, now in their 30th year, are designed to assist patients and their doctors in making informed decisions about where to receive care for challenging health conditions or for common elective procedures.

St. Mary’s was also recognized as a High Performing Hospital in four specific procedures and conditions: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Heart Bypass Surgery, Heart Failure and Hip Replacement.

“We are pleased to once again be recognized by U.S. News and World Report for excellence in patient care,” said Todd Campbell, St. Mary’s president and CEO. “Our physicians, nurses and staff work tirelessly to achieve the best possible outcomes for our patients, and I am proud that hard work has been acknowledged on a national level.”

For the 2019-20 rankings and ratings, U.S. News evaluated more than 4,500 medical centers nationwide in 25 specialties, procedures and conditions. In the 16 specialty areas, 165 hospitals were ranked in at least one specialty. In rankings by state and metro area, U.S. News recognized hospitals as high performing across multiple areas of care.

“For 30 years, U.S. News has strived to make hospital quality more transparent to health care consumers nationwide,” said Ben Harder, managing editor and chief of health analysis at U.S. News. “By providing the most comprehensive data available on nearly every hospital across the United States, we give patients, families and physicians information to support their search for the best care across a range of procedures, conditions and specialties.”

The U.S. News Best Hospitals methodologies in most areas of care are based largely on objective measures such as risk-adjusted survival and discharge-to-home rates, volume, and quality of nursing, among other care-related indicators.

More information about the 2019-20 rankings and ratings is available at http://health.usnews.com. The rankings will be published in the U.S. News “Best Hospitals 2020” guidebook, which will be released in mid-September.


Mullins selected to lead Mountain Health Network

HUNTINGTON, WV – Michael Mullins, FACHE, has accepted the position of President and Chief Executive Officer for Mountain Health Network. Effective March 4, Mullins will assume strategic oversight to grow the new regional health system that includes Cabell Huntington Hospital, St. Mary’s Medical Center and Pleasant Valley Hospital.

Mullins is arriving from Ascension Healthcare, the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system. He has served as Senior Vice President of Ascension and CEO/Ministry Market Executive for Via Christi, the largest provider of healthcare services in Kansas, and St. John’s Health in Oklahoma. He has been responsible for 12 hospitals and focused on leading integration processes, structuring clinical integration, enhancing medical staff relationships, guiding financial success and mentoring executives.

“We are pleased to welcome Michael Mullins as the system’s permanent CEO,” stated Kevin Yingling, RPh, MD, chairman, Mountain Health and CHH Board of Trustees. “Mr. Mullins has expertise in leading hospital systems to success through strategic priorities of growth, quality, patient experience and financial performance. Further, I commend the board selection committee and Interim System CEO, Gary White, for their dedication and commitment to the process.”

“Mike’s impressive leadership strengths as a communicator, collaborator and mentor will help Mountain Health Network achieve its vision of creating a regional system that improves quality, access and affordability,” stated Gary White. “We look forward to his leadership and commitment to exceed patients’ expectations in the Tri-State region and beyond.”

In addition to his extensive leadership roles with Ascension Healthcare, Mullins has more than 30 years of hospital leadership experience. He served as Regional Vice President of Quorum Health’s Colorado region and provided leadership and operations support for 12 hospitals and strategic business arrangements. Additionally, he served in chief executive officer positions for Community Health Systems and Triad Hospitals. He led Gateway Health System in Clarksville, Tennessee; Kosciusko Community Hospital in Warsaw, Indiana; and Unimed Medical Center – St. Joseph's Hospital in Minot, North Dakota.

Mullins is a retired captain of the Medical Service Corps, United States Naval Reserves, where he served for 32 years including in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. His last assignment was a tour as commanding officer for a Commissioned Reserve Medical Unit for the Navy. He holds a master’s degree in healthcare administration from Trinity University, San Antonio, and a bachelor’s degree in political science from University of Texas at El Paso. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Mike and his wife, Meliss, have two adult sons, Nicholas and Austin.

About Mountain Health Network

Formed on May 1, 2018, Mountain Health Network is a West Virginia-based not-for-profit health delivery system that is comprised of Cabell Huntington Hospital, St. Mary’s Medical Center and Pleasant Valley Hospital. Mountain Health Network is committed to improving the health and well-being of over one million people in 23-counties in West Virginia, southern Ohio and eastern Kentucky through understanding, respecting and meeting their needs. We are proud to be the primary teaching hospital for the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Nursing.


(HUNTINGTON)— Joey Trader, Ed.D, MSN, RN, CNE, has been named St. Mary’s vice president of Schools of Nursing and Health Professions and the director of the St. Mary’s School of Nursing. 

A 1997 graduate of the St. Mary’s School of Nursing, Dr. Trader actually began his nursing career at St. Mary’s Medical Center in 1995 as a nurse extern. After graduation, he worked in the St. Mary’s emergency department as a registered nurse for 11 years before beginning his teaching career in 2008.

Dr. Trader received his doctor of education in teaching and learning from Liberty University. He received both his master of science in nursing and nursing education and his bachelor of science in nursing from Marshall University.


St. Mary’s congratulates Cabell County EMS and Lawrence County EMS on receiving Mission: Lifeline® EMS Gold Plus Award

(HUNTINGTON)— St. Mary’s ER and St. Mary’s Regional Heart Institute congratulate Cabell County EMS and Lawrence County EMS on each receiving the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® EMS Gold Plus Award for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks.

Every year, more than 250,000 people experience a STEMI, or ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction, a type of heart attack caused by a blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment. Mission: Lifeline seeks to save lives by closing the gaps that separate STEMI patients from timely access to appropriate treatments. Mission Lifeline’s EMS recognition program recognizes emergency responders for their efforts in improving STEMI systems of care and improving the quality of life for these patients.

Agencies that receive the Mission: Lifeline Gold Plus award have demonstrated at least 75 percent compliance for each required achievement measure for two years.

Each year, St. Mary’s ER treats thousands of patients with chest pain, providing advanced life-saving treatment options for those who are having a heart attack. The partnerships with Cabell County EMS and Lawrence County EMS is vital in providing that advanced care to patients.


St. Mary’s Medical Center brings GoNoodle to local schools to increase physical activity of elementary age kids

More than 26,000 students in 81 elementary schools in six counties are moving more with GoNoodle’s in-classroom physical activity movement and mindfulness videos

(HUNTINGTON)— St. Mary’s Medical Center is leading a new initiative to get elementary-age kids more physically active.

The initiative uses GoNoodle, a set of online movement and mindfulness videos that get kids running, jumping, dancing, stretching and practicing moments of mindfulness right next to their desks. Research shows GoNoodle’s in-classroom physical activity improves childhood health, student behavior and academic performance.

St. Mary’s is underwriting the cost of GoNoodle’s videos for all public elementary schools in Cabell, Wayne, Lincoln, Putnam, and Mason counties in West Virginia and Lawrence County in Ohio. HIMG and First Sentry Bank are also partnering with St. Mary’s for the project in Cabell and Putnam counties.

“GoNoodle is one of the most amazing products I’ve seen to get kids active in the schools as they learn in an academic setting,” said David Sheils, president, St. Mary’s Medical Center Foundation. “St. Mary’s is committed to improving the health of our young people and this is a way to make it part of their daily activity.”

The St. Mary’s-led initiative is the first such sponsorship of GoNoodle’s premium version, GoNoodle Plus, in West Virginia schools. GoNoodle Plus includes additional videos and games that bring movement and core subjects together to develop fluency in grade-specific math and English Language Arts (ELA) topics. GoNoodle Plus also allows teachers to have the ability to customize GoNoodle content, which further supports their lesson plans and academic goals of the classroom.

“We are excited to join with St. Mary’s, teachers and parents to add much-needed minutes of physical activity for Tri-State-area kids,” said Scott McQuigg, CEO and co-founder of GoNoodle. “When kids move more, they do better in school and grow up to be healthier adults.”

According to the CDC, only one-quarter of today’s youth meet the current recommendation of at least 60 minutes of physical activity per day. The GoNoodle-St. Mary’s partnership will allow local students to earn those vital minutes of activity with entertaining experiences that feature high-energy dance music, fitness routines, virtual field trips and physical challenges.

To use GoNoodle, teachers need to have a computer with an Internet connection and a shared screen, such as a projector or interactive whiteboard. At home, kids can create and customize their accounts (with parent verification) and play GoNoodle online, on a mobile device, or on Apple TV. Elementary teachers, parents and kids in Cabell, Wayne, Lincoln, Putnam, Mason and Lawrence counties will have access to GoNoodle Plus by signing up at www.gonoodle.com.

GoNoodle is used in over 600,000 classrooms worldwide with more than 12 million kids playing GoNoodle each month, generating more than five billion minutes of movement in the past year.