Gov. O'Malley Praises Local Hospital

- CUMBERLAND, Md. - Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley visited the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center Wednesday for his "Governing for Results" tour.

The Western Maryland Health System Center for Clinical Resources is a first of its kind providing patients with support and check-ups for free.

Governor O'Malley said he hopes other hospitals in the sate will follow in the footsteps of the local hospital's innovations.

"So Western Maryland is clearly the leader and you're going to see other hospitals borrowing the best practices, learning from the success and keeping patients well...and you're going to see this rapidly become deployed all across the state," O'Malley said.

One of the governors goals is to reduce preventable hospitalizations by 10 percent by the end of 2015.

The governor and hospital leaders agreed the decline of preventable hospital visits in Cumberland can be attributed to the new resource clinic.

"It's almost as if they were a hotel chain, they're profitable depending on how many sick people you can keep in beds for as long as possible, and now, here at Western Maryland , we've flipped that script," O'Malley said. "Now the hospital remains profitable, but can become even more profitable by taking the actions that keep people out of hospitals and healthy and strong."

The chairman of the board of the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center, Dr. John Davis, said it's a real coo for the state.

"We are now putting into practice population health at higher quality and less cost," Davis said. "We're seeing less people coming in as inpatients and more people being treated where they need to be treated."

According to Davis, people can be treated in one place without having to travel to other building's in the city or state is the advantage of the hospital. 

The governor also confirms he's seriously considering running for president in 2016.

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