HealthGrades identifies hospitals with highest-rated specialty practices
Top 10 percent in the nation in the following specialty areas: Cardiac, orthopedic, vascular, pulmonary, stroke, general surgery, gastrointestinal and critical careHealthGrades, the leading independent healthcare ratings company, today identified hospitals with specialty practices that are rated in the top ten percent in the nation. The annual analysis of specialty care at all 5,000 of the nation's nonfederal hospitals is based on objective criteria -- mortality and complication rates -- of 37 million hospitalizations over the years 2002, 2003 and 2004.
HealthGrades Specialty Excellence Awards
"To reach the top ten percent in the nation in cardiac, orthopedic, vascular or other broad categories of care means there is something special at these hospitals that is producing superior outcomes across all the procedures and conditions that make up that specialty," said Dr. Samantha Collier, HealthGrades Vice President of Medical Affairs. "The data analyzed is objective, based on information that hospitals themselves report to the federal government under the Medicare program, so there is no other way to reach the top ten percent other than to have the lowest mortality and complication rates in the country."
In determining the Specialty Excellence Awards, HealthGrades' star ratings in the following procedures and diagnoses were analyzed:
Coronary Bypass Surgery
Valve Replacement Surgery
Coronary Interventions (angioplasty, stent)
Total Knee Replacement
Total Hip Replacement
Partial Hip Replacement
Hip Fracture Repair
Back & Neck Surgery
Community Acquired Pneumonia
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Peripheral Vascular Bypass
Resection/Replacement Abdominal Aorta
Gastrointestinal Procedures & Surgeries
The critical care specialty category also includes the Leapfrog indicator for intensivist use. More information on the methodology can be found at HealthGrades' Web site.
Consumers can find the award recipients at www.healthgrades.com, where more than 2.5 million individuals each month search for ratings and quality information on hospitals, physicians and nursing homes.
HealthGrades (Nasdaq:HGRD) is the leading healthcare ratings organization, providing ratings and profiles of hospitals, nursing homes and physicians to consumers, corporations, health plans and hospitals. Millions of consumers and hundreds of the nation's largest employers, health plans and hospitals rely on HealthGrades' independent ratings and decision-support resources to make healthcare decisions based on the quality of care. More information on the company can be found at http://www.healthgrades.com.
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