Pneumonia is an inflammation of the lungs caused by a bacterial, viral, or fungal infection.
Pneumonia is a very common, often serious illness that affects about 3-4 million people each year
in the United States. Many different organisms can cause pneumonia, including bacteria, viruses,
and fungi. Bacterial pneumonias tend to be the most serious. In adults, bacteria are the most common cause, and of these Streptococcus pneumonia (pneumococcus) is the most common.
* National average, state average, MSHA and facility data are for the period from July 2012 - June 2013. The national average and state average data are provided by Hospital Compare, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services which reports results from hospitals submitting data to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). (UCMH (Unicoi County Memorial Hospital) is a newly added hospital to MSHA and their scores are not calculated in the health system’s composite score at this time.)