2013 WellSpan Health stats and achievements


At WellSpan Health, we are proud to be part of the communities of Central Pennsylvania. That’s why we are committed to understanding local health care needs and working with physicians, community leaders and area residents to establish services and programs where people live, work and play.

By offering a vast array of inpatient, outpatient, home health and physician services and by partnering with other organizations and community physicians, we make it possible for people to find and access the health services that they need, without having to travel far from home.

By working as one coordinated health care organization, we are transforming care through sophisticated clinical information technology and creating innovative new models as a means to create a high quality, exceptional patient experience.

Our charitable, non-profit mission:
Working as one to improve health through exceptional care for all, lifelong wellness and healthy communities

Our health system at a glance:


In 2013, WellSpan continued its efforts to create a health system that supports the changing needs of individuals and families in south central Pennsylvania and northern Maryland.

These efforts have been recognized with the following achievements:

  • WellSpan York Hospital received the Get with the Guidelines-Resuscitation Gold Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association
  • WellSpan received a $125,000 grant from the Highmark Foundation to form a regional learning collaborative around “super utilizers” of health care
  • WellSpan York Hospital participated in a national clinical trial that was named The Clinical Trial of the Year by the The Society for Clinical Trials. The clinical trial aimed to find out whether anti-seizure medication works better when given as an IV directly into a vein or when given as a shot in the muscle
  • WellSpan York Hospital was one of 15 Pennsylvania hospitals to receive a Silver Medal of Honor from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for their successful donation and organ transplant outcomes
  • WellSpan York Hospital’s Level 1 Trauma Program was ranked among the best in the country for traumatic brain injury (TBI) and shock patient outcomes, according to the Trauma Quality Improvement Program
  • WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital received recognition from The Leapfrog Group and VHA Mid-Atlantic APEX (Achieving Patient Care Excellence) for its quality and patient safety efforts
  • WellSpan York Hospital was one of five hospitals in central Pennsylvania recognized by U.S. News and World Report as one of the Best Regional Hospitals in its 2012-13 Best Hospitals publication
  • Facing Cancer Together, an interactive community education partnership of WellSpan Health and WITF Public Media, earned a Mid-Atlantic Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Community Service
  • WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital’s breast cancer program received a three-year accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Cancer (NAPBC). The breast cancer program is one of only 30 accredited centers in the state and is the only one in Adams, Franklin and York counties and northern Maryland
  • WellSpan York Hospital maintained its Joint Commission-designated Primary Stroke Center for two additional years
  • WellSpan was named the winner of the 2012 Most Improved Safety Award by Walsh Integrated
  • Received a NRC Picker Symposium Award as one of two “Most Improved Organizations” in the pediatric category. The award recognized York Pediatric Medicine and Springdale Pediatric Medicine’s significant increase in the percentage of patients rating their doctor a 9 or 10 on the NRC Picker patient survey
  • WellSpan York Hospital’s Family Medicine Residency program, which operates the Tar Wars program in York County, received an award at the national conference. Tar Wars educates children about the benefits of being tobacco-free
  • Implemented a mandatory flu vaccine policy for all of its employees, volunteers, physicians, vendors, contractors and health care students
  • Announced a partnership with the City of York that will establish a WellSpan Police Training Center, a facility that will enhance the skills and competencies of area police officers as well as provide secure storage of evidence for crime investigations
  • WellSpan York Hospital received a three-star rating, the highest possible, in cardiac surgery performance by The Society of Thoracic Surgeons
  • WellSpan York Hospital was named as a Blue Distinction Center for Spine Surgery and Knee and Hip Replacement by Capital Blue Cross
  • The York Cancer Center was re-accredited for three years, including six commendations, by the American College of Surgeons Committee on Cancer

WellSpan remained steadfast in its focus on building a healthy community and providing care to all, including the most vulnerable citizens, by:

  • Continuing to sponsor innovative outreach efforts and providing $22.1 million in free care and an additional $26 million in services which were not reimbursed
  • Providing a safety net of care for uninsured and underinsured individuals through such services as Healthy York Network, HealthConnect, WellSpan York Hospital Community Health Center, and WellSpan Medical Group
  • Sponsoring the Adams County Community Health Summit, which addressed key mental health issues facing people of all ages in our local communities
  • Co-sponsoring the regional Go Local for Health Summit, which addressed issues of affordable and accessible healthy eating and recreational opportunities in south central Pennsylvania
  • Developing a wide range of educational opportunities for today’s healthcare professionals while working to prepare the next generation of physicians, nurses and healthcare workers

WellSpan worked to create a more coordinated, efficient and viable health care system by:

  • Continuing to develop an electronic health record as a means to coordinate care among physicians and enhance the patient’s ability to access their personal health care information
  • Enrolling more than 35,000 patients in the My WellSpan patient portal to provide access to personal health information. Users can obtain lab results, ask questions of providers, request appointments, refill prescriptions and obtain other patient-centered information

Statistics & Achievements

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