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St. Francis Health Center
Minimally Invasive Surgical Options
1700 S.W. 7th St.
Topeka, KS 66606
785-295-8004

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HealthGrades for 2010

A HealthGrades study of hospital quality in America has recognized St. Francis Health Center with the 2010 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence, placing it in the top 5 percent of the nation's hospitals.

St. Francis Health Center received recognition for providing high-quality care in several service lines, according to a comprehensive annual study released by HealthGrades, the leading independent health care ratings organization. The HealthGrades study annually assesses patient outcomes - mortality and complication rates - at virtually all of the nation's nearly 5,000 nonfederal hospitals. No hospital can opt in or out of being rated, and no hospital pays to be rated.

St. Francis received recognition in 25 areas, including:

  • Ranked No. 1 in Kansas for GI services
  • Ranked No. 1 in Kansas for GI medical treatment
  • Ranked among the top 5 (No. 3) for coronary interventional procedures
  • Five-star rated for treatment of heart attack-three years in a row (2008-10)
  • Ranked among the top 5 (No. 3) in Kansas for overall orthopedic services
  • Recipient of the HealthGrades Stroke Care Excellence AwardTM-two years in a row (2009 and 2010)
  • Ranked among the top 5 (No. 2) in Kansas for treatment of stroke
  • Five-star rated for treatment of pneumonia-four years in a row (2007-10)
  • Ranked among the top 5 (No. 3) in Kansas for overall critical care

According to the 12th annual HealthGrades Hospital Quality in America study, top-rated hospitals had a 52 percent lower mortality rate than the U.S. national average when looking at the patient outcomes of 17 procedures and diagnoses ranging from bypass surgery to treatment for heart attack. When the top-rated hospitals were compared to the poorest performers, there was an even greater difference, 72 percent lower mortality.

The new 2010 HealthGrades hospital ratings are posted at www.healthgrades.com, HealthGrades' public Web site. 

The full list of St. Francis' HealthGrades designations for 2010:

Cardiac

  • Ranked among the top 10 (No. 6) in Kansas for overall cardiac services
  • Ranked among the top 10 (No. 6) in Kansas for cardiac surgery
  • Ranked among the top 5 (No. 5) in Kansas for cardiology services
  • Ranked among the top 5 (No. 3) for coronary interventional procedures
  • Five-star rated for treatment of heart attack-three years in a row (2008-10)

Orthopedics

  •  Ranked among the top 5 (No. 3) in Kansas for overall orthopedic services
  • Ranked among the top 10 (No. 10) in Kansas for joint replacement
  • Ranked among the top 5 (No. 4) in Kansas for spine surgery
  • Five-star rated for total hip replacement-two years in a row (2009 and 2010)
  • Five-star rated for hip fracture repair-two years in a row (2009 and 2010)

Stroke

  • Recipient of the HealthGrades Stroke Care Excellence AwardTM-two years in a row (2009 and 2010)
  • Ranked among the top 10 percent in the nation for treatment of stroke-two years in a row (2009 and 2010)
  • Ranked among the top 5 (No. 2) in Kansas for treatment of stroke
  • Five-star rated for treatment of stroke-three years in a row (2008 and 2010)
  • Pulmonary
  • Ranked among the top 10 (No. 7) in Kansas for overall pulmonary services
  • Five-star rated for treatment of pneumonia-four years in a row (2007-10)

GI

  • Ranked among the top 10 percent in the nation for GI medical treatment
  • Ranked No. 1 in Kansas for GI services
  • Ranked No. 1 in Kansas for GI medical treatment
  • Five-star rated for treatment of GI bleed
  • Five-star rated for treatment of bowel obstruction

Critical Care

  • Ranked among the top 5 (No. 3) in Kansas for overall critical care
  • Five-star rated for treatment of sepsis-two years in a row (2009 and 2010)
  • Five-star rated for treatment of respiratory failure-two years in a row (2009 and 2010)
  • Five-star rated for treatment of bowel obstruction