Our patients are highly satisfied with their care
While no one ever wants to be in a hospital, our patients tell us time and time again they're glad The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is there for them. From delivering a baby, to wellness checkups, to joint implants, to the most delicate life-saving procedures, the health care teams at the Wexner Medical Center get high praise from grateful patients.
Phrases like "the most caring and competent physicians," "the nurses were outstanding" and "I would recommend them for everything" are compliments we humbly hear every day. It's proof we're carrying out our mission to improve people's lives in Ohio and around the world through innovation in research, education and patient care.
Here's more proof: the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems is a federal survey that measures patients' perspectives of hospital care. In 2017, we achieved our highest yearly score ever, placing in the 89th percentile, with nearly 8 in 10 patients surveyed (79.3 percent) giving us the highest marks, well above the national average.
Quality health care is important to you and us. And so is earning your trust and satisfaction.
Federal research grants increasing
In a time when federal research funding has been flat, our scientists are bringing in more grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) than ever. In the past year, there were nearly 250 awards totaling well over $100 million, up nearly 10 percent from the previous year. This funding means:
- Dr. Peter Shields can study the safety of electronic cigarettes and determine whether they are potentially damaging to e-smokers. As of now, little data exists on the direct health effects of these products. We all need to know more.
- Researchers such as Dr. Peter Mohler and his team can identify emerging genetic causes of deadly irregular heartbeats, then design specific strategies to treat them. The Mohler lab is internationally known for solving medical mysteries that have plagued families for generations.
- It means Dr. Ajit Chaudhari can figure out why runners often have chronic back pain. So far, his research shows runners with weak deep core muscles are at higher risk of lower back pain. He has already used a set of exercises to help runners improve their deep core strength and performance.
All of this, and much more, is possible with NIH funding.
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- Dr. Timur Sarac is the new director of Vascular Surgery and founding director of the Aortic Center. At the new center, he'll establish teams of vascular and cardiac surgeons to repair the most challenging aortic aneurysms. Sarac returns to Ohio from Yale University. He was previously a surgeon at the Cleveland Clinic.
- Dr. Amalia Cochran specializes in burn treatment and research. She joins the Wexner Medical Center after 19 years at the University of Utah. She'll serve as director of the Comprehensive Burn Center, the 𠊎gion's only adult burn center.
- Dr. Heena Santry specializes in trauma and critical care. She joined Ohio State to start a Center for Surgical Health Assessment, Research and Policy. A self-described "half surgeon, half social worker," Santry is a pioneer among surgeons for her consideration of biopsychosocial factors that influence surgical outcomes.
Highly talented health care providers and medical researchers have their eyes on Columbus and the Wexner Medical Center. Dr. Sarac summed it up when he said, "With the amount of investment in this already outstanding institution, seeing them work to take it to the next level, how could you not want to be a part of that?"
Record performance makes record investment possible
It's a simple fact: going to the next level, making health care discoveries and improving people's lives can't happen without funding. We're fortunate and grateful that, in a time when some hospitals are cutting back or closing, the Wexner Medical Center is financially strong. Through a combination of record numbers of people seeking our world-class care, and being responsible with our resources, we just had our best year ever.
As part of our strategic plan, we're investing in our communities with new outpatient care centers. These state-of-the-art facilities will bring a comprehensive list of world-class services into neighborhoods where people live and work. They'll allow us to work even closer with communities to support their health and wellness goals.
We'll continue our long-term investment in free health clinics, free wellness screenings and other needed resources in underserved communities in and around Columbus.
We're investing in talent, hiring more highly skilled doctors, nurses and health care providers to best serve our patients, while bringing more of the best scientists and educators to the city.
A new hospital, medical school and research center will ensure national success
It's a bold vision that began with a new 21-story tower dedicated to the best cancer treatment and research, a new emergency department that spans the length of two Buckeye football fields and a new brain and spine hospital researching and performing the newest neurological treatments.
That would be a lifetime of achievement for most medical centers. For us, it was just Phase 1. The Wexner Medical Center is adding a new 840-bed hospital tower, with state-of-the-art equipment designed to serve our patients. Its leading-edge technology will advance care and teaching, and define the future of health care.
Our country needs more physicians. Our College of Medicine is among the best places anywhere to become a doctor. Last year, more than 7,200 students applied for just 207 seats in our classrooms. We are investing in a modern health sciences center and a new College of Medicine to bring together students from all areas of health care. They'll learn, as teams, how to take on our global health care challenges and prepare for futures that can truly make a difference.
Our mission is clear. We are committed to it. We won't stop, stand still or rest–ever.