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Walla Walla General Hospital Pneumonia Care Processes Among Best in Nation


WWGH serves as case study to teach other hospitals

WALLA WALLA, Wash.-- Walla Walla General Hospital is one of the top-performing hospitals in the nation when it comes to treating patients with pneumonia, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

The hospital achieved top status for providing the recommended care known to get the best results in pneumonia care. As a result of the consistently high marks, WWGH was featured in a recent study by The Commonwealth Fund entitled “Walla Walla General Hospital: Setting Staff Up for Success in Pneumonia Care.”

The study describes the strategies and factors that contribute to the hospital’s consistent 99th percentile ranking. It is based upon information obtained through interviews with key hospital employees and publicly available data.

“We are proud of the hard work of our employees and physicians and their dedication to providing the best care possible,” says Monty E. Knittel, president and CEO. “We hope our work in continually improving our care processes and providing ongoing education help other hospitals improve as well.”

The full study can be read at The Commonwealth Fund’s website, which reports publicly available data and provides a tool with which hospitals can benchmark their own performance.

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About The Commonwealth Fund
The Commonwealth Fund is a private, not-for-profit foundation that aims to promote a high performance health system by supporting and conducting research on health care issues. Its website “Why Not The Best" ( provides tools for hospitals to view and compare quality data, and case studies on how specific hospitals have been able to achieve high quality care.

Walla Walla General Hospital is part of Adventist Health, a not-for-profit, faith-based health system operating in California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington. Founded on the Seventh-day Adventist heritage of Christian health care, Adventist Health is comprised of 18 hospitals with more than 2,800 beds, nearly 18,000 employees, numerous clinics and outpatient facilities, the largest system of rural health clinics in California, 15 home care agencies and 4 joint-venture retirement centers.