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National Study finds St. Francis Health Center in Top 10% of Nation for Critical Care
St. Francis Health Center Receives Critical Care Specialty Excellence Award from Healthgrades
Critical Care at St. Francis is in the top 10% in the nation according to a new report from Healthgrades, the leading provider of information to help consumers make an informed decision about a physician or hospital. The report, American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2013: Healthgrades Report to the Nation, evaluates how approximately 4,500 hospitals nationwide performed on risk-adjusted mortality and complication rates for nearly 30 of the most common conditions treated and procedures performed from 2009 through 2011.
In its study published Tuesday, Healthgrades found that patients have a 75% lower risk of dying when treated at a hospital receiving 5 stars than if they were treated at a hospital receiving 1 star, based on risk-adjusted mortality rates across 18 common procedures and diagnoses, such as heart bypass surgery, stroke and pneumonia. Healthgrades also found that 235,378 lives could potentially have been saved during 2009-2011 if all hospitals performed at a 5-star level.
Making objective measures of hospital quality more publicly available is imperative for helping consumers make more informed provider decisions. According to new research conducted by Harris Interactive for Healthgrades, 89% of Americans in 27 top designated market areas believe hospital performance (defined as how well patients do at that hospital compared to others) is important but only 37% know where to find the information.
• Recipient of the HealthGrades Critical Care Excellence Award™ for 2 Years in a Row (2012-2013)
• Ranked Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Critical Care for 2 Years in a Row (2012-2013)
• Ranked #2 in Kansas for Critical Care in 2013
• Ranked Among the Top 5 in Kansas for Critical Care for 5 Years in a Row (2009-2013) (Ranked 2 in 2013)
• Five-Star Recipient for Overall Critical Care for 2 Years in a Row (2012-2013)
• Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Sepsis for 5 Years in a Row (2009-2013)
• Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Respiratory Failure for 5 Years in a Row (2009-2013)
• Ranked #3 in Kansas for Overall Pulmonary Services in 2013
• Ranked Among the Top 10 in Kansas for Overall Pulmonary Services for 7 Years in a Row (2007-2013) (Ranked 3 in 2013)
• Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease in 2013
• Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Pneumonia for 7 Years in a Row (2007-2013)
• Ranked #6 in Kansas for GI Services in 2013
• Ranked #4 in Kansas for GI Medical Treatment in 2013
• Ranked Among the Top 10 in Kansas for GI Services for 2 Years in a Row (2012-2013) (Ranked 6 in 2013)
• Ranked Among the Top 5 in Kansas for GI Medical Treatment for 4 Years in a Row (2010-2013) (Ranked 4 in 2013)
• Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of GI Bleed for 4 Years in a Row (2010-2013)
“St. Francis Health Center is, and always has been, committed to high-quality, high-value care,” said Robert Erickson, St. Francis president/CEO. “As we move forward toward health care reform, quality is more important than ever. Our providers and associates know that. This differentiates us, and it is rewarding to see it affirmed objectively.”
To help improve quality, St. Francis Health Center implemented a stroke day program, and created and uses evidence-based guidelines for pneumonia care, focusing on an interdisciplinary team approach with emergency department physicians, hospitalists, nurses and respiratory therapists.
For its 2013 hospital quality outcomes analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 40 million Medicare hospitalization records for services performed at short-term, acute care hospitals nationwide. Healthgrades found that patients treated in hospitals receiving 5 stars had, on average, 75% lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals receiving 1 star (across 18 common procedures and diagnoses, such as heart bypass surgery, stroke and pneumonia).
Healthgrades independently measures hospitals based on data that hospitals submit to the federal government. No hospital can opt in or out of being measured, and no hospital pays to be measured. Healthgrades risk adjusts for patient demographic characteristics and clinical risk factors, thereby taking into account how sick patients were before they were admitted to the hospital.
More information on the American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2013: Healthgrades Report to the Nation, including the complete methodology, can be found at www.healthgrades.com/quality.