Nebraska CHI facilities recognized by HealthgradesDecember 09 2013
LINCOLN, Neb. –Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) hospitals in Nebraska, including Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center, announced that several of its facilities have been recognized by Healthgrades for clinical excellence in several different categories, according to Healthgrades, the leading online resource that helps consumers search, compare and connect with physicians and hospitals.
This achievement was released with other new findings in American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2014: Healthgrades Report to the Nation, which evaluates hospital performance at more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 31 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions.
“Among all our hospitals, delivering the highest level of medical care and the best patient experience is our highest priority,” said Bob Lanik, Chief Executive Officer, Nebraska division, Catholic Health Initiatives. “We appreciate the recognition from Healthgrades as it confirms the commitment to the clinical quality and patient care our employees provide every day.”
The new report highlights the disparity in hospital performance for specific conditions and procedures and the impact that this variation may have on health outcomes. For example, from 2010-2012, if all hospitals as a group, performed similarly to hospitals receiving five stars as a group, on average 234,252 lives could potentially have been saved and 157,418 complications could potentially have been avoided. A five-star rating indicates that CHI hospitals in Nebraska’s clinical outcomes are better than expected when treating the condition or conducting the procedure being evaluated.
“As American policy-makers focus more intently on ways to lower health care costs and improve quality, patients are being asked to assume more responsibility for their health care decisions – from selection of their health plan to the associated network of physicians and hospitals,” said Evan Marks, EVP, Strategy and Informatics, Healthgrades.“ Since all hospitals do not perform equally in all procedures, patients can have confidence that by selecting a physician associated with a hospital that has achieved recognition by Healthgrades, they can potentially improve outcomes and reduce costs.”
For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 40 million Medicare-patient records for nearly 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide, assessing hospital performance relative to each of 31 common conditions and procedures. Healthgrades awards hospitals quality achievements for cohort-specific performance, specialty area performance and overall clinical quality. Individual procedure or condition cohorts are designated as five-star (statistically better than expected), three-star (statistically as expected) and one-star (statistically worse than expected) categories. Detailed performance information, such as cohort-specific outcomes data and quality achievements for individual hospitals may be found at www.healthgrades.com/find-a-hospital.
CHI hospitals in Nebraska’s full listing of 2014 achievements include:
Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center
Nebraska Heart Institute and Heart Hospital
Good Samaritan Hospital
Saint Francis Medical Center
More information on the American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2014: Healthgrades Report to the Nation, including the complete methodology, can be found at www.healthgrades.com/quality.
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