Physicians and patients can study any number of report cards that grade the nation’s hospitals. One comes from a healthcare quality reporting group called Healthgrades. Last month, it released its list of 262 hospitals with the lowest risk-adjusted mortality and complication rates for 27 procedures and conditions involving Medicare patients.
These 262 hospitals, representing 5% of the 4500 hospitals evaluated by Healthgrades, posted an aggregate mortality rate for 18 procedures and conditions from 2009 through 2011 that was 30.9% lower than that for all other hospitals. Healthgrades estimates that if the remaining 95% of hospitals had performed just as well during this time, more than 164,000 Medicare patients might not have died. Banner Desert Medical Center in Mesa, Arizona, was one of the pacesetters. Photo courtesy of Banner Desert Medical Center
Abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, coronary angioplasty and stenting, sepsis, bowel obstruction, pneumonia, and neurosurgery are among the 18 procedures and conditions that figure into the mortality rate score. Healthgrades weighs complication rates for hip replacement, back and neck surgery, carotid surgery, and 4 other procedures.
Some hospitals, Healthgrades notes, perform better than others in only a few clinical specialties. In contrast, the 262 hospitals that earned the Distinguished Hospitals Award for Clinical Excellence from Healthgrades demonstrate high-quality care across a broad spectrum of specialties, according to the group. Aultman Hospital in Canton, Ohio, was 1 of 13 award-winners in the Buckeye State. Photo courtesy of Aultman Hospital
The Healthgrades award is supposed to help patients choose a good hospital. Depending on where they live, however, their choice may require an airplane flight or a long car ride. There are no Clinical Excellence award-winners in Alabama, Alaska, Washington, DC; Maine, Mississippi, Nevada, Rhode Island, Vermont, or West Virginia.
Hospitals in Florida that won recognition are below:
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