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New ratings of American hospitals released with quality study by HealthGrades
Date:10/20/2010

erage to a statistically significant degree.

Five-star rated hospitals had significantly lower risk-adjusted mortality across the three years studied. A typical patient would have a 72.47% lower risk of dying in a 5-star rated hospital compared to a 1-star rated hospital, and a 53.36% lower risk of dying by going to 5-star rated hospital compared to the U.S. hospital average.

"We are encouraged by the steady improvement in mortality rates among America's hospitals, but there's an unacceptably wide gap that has persisted between the top-performing hospitals and all others in terms of patient outcomes," said Rick May, MD, an author of the study and a vice president with HealthGrades, the leading independent health care ratings organization. "For hospital leaders as well as potential patients, it is essential that they understand and act upon these findings."

The study examined mortality or complication rates in the following 26 procedures and diagnoses:

Mortality Cohorts Inhospital Complication Cohorts

  • Bowel Obstruction
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
  • Coronary Interventional Procedures
  • Diabetic Acidosis and Coma
  • Gastrointestinal Bleed
  • Gastrointestinal Surgeries and Procedures
  • Heart Attack
  • Heart Bypass Surgery
  • Heart Failure
  • Pancreatitis
  • Pneumonia
  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Resection/Replacement Abdominal Aorta
  • Respiratory Failure
  • Sepsis
  • Stroke
  • Valve Replacement Surgery
  • Back and Neck Surgery (with Spinal Fusion)
  • Back and Neck Surgery (without Spinal Fusion)
  • Carotid Surgery
  • Cholecystectomy (Gallbladder Surgery)
  • Hip Fracture Repair
  • Peripheral Vascular Bypass
  • Prostatectomy
  • Total Hip Replacement
  • Total Knee Replacement

Other findings from the study are as follows:

  • The nation's hospitals unadjusted mortality improved on average 7.98% from 2007 through 2009 across th
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Contact: Marsha Austin
maustin@healthgrades.com
720-963-3848
HealthGrades
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