Opinion

PMC has reason to celebrate

News that Rock Hill's Piedmont Medical Center is ranked among the top 10 percent nationally for its pulmonary care is great news not only for the hospital but also for the patients it serves.

The ranking for pulmonary care, which deals with the respiratory system, was part of the annual independent survey by HealthGrades Hospital Quality in America. Results were compiled from hospital statistics and Medicare discharge analysis.

The agency also awarded PMC a Pulmonary Care Excellence Award for the third consecutive year. The hospital, owned by Tenet Healthcare, also received a five-star rating from HealthGrades for its overall pulmonary services for the fifth year in a row.

PMC had another reason to celebrate last week. On Oct. 24, its hospital volunteer auxiliary turned 50. Among those honored was Barbara Brewer, 94, who has served as a volunteer since 1971.

It is almost impossible to calculate all that these volunteers contribute to the quality of care and the morale of patients and those who work at the hospital. And it is equally hard to calculate all the time and care that these devoted volunteers have given to PMC.

Congratulations to the volunteer auxiliary on its 50th anniversary and to all who are responsible for the high quality of pulmonary care offered at PMC.

IN SUMMARY

Hospital was ranked among top 10 percent in the nation in the quality of pulmonary care.

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