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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 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.