Houston Healthcare Receives National Recognition for Specialty Care Outcomes | Best Of
Houston Healthcare's Pulmonary Program received "America's 100 Best Hospitals" Award for pulmonary care.
According to the Houston Healthcare news release, that's two years in a row the program has won the award.
The Healthgrades Report to the Nation evaluates about 4500 hospitals' performance nationwide.
Perry Hospital was also recognized for receiving five stars in its Pulmonary, Gastrointestinal and Critical Care from Healthgrades.
Read the full news release:
Houston Medical Center’s Pulmonary program received the America’s 100 Best Hospitals Award for pulmonary care 2 years in a row (2012-2013) from Healthgrades, the leading provider of information to help consumers make an informed decision about a physician or hospital. The findings are part of American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2013: Healthgrades Report to the Nation, which evaluates the performance of approximately 4,500 hospitals nationwide across nearly 30 of the most common conditions and procedures.
Perry Hospital was also recognized for receiving 5 stars for the quality of its Pulmonary, Gastrointestinal, and Critical Care from Healthgrades, the leading provider of information to help consumers make an informed decision about a physician or hospital. A 5-star quality measurement indicates that Perry Hospital’s clinical performance is better than expected. According to the Healthgrades study, the risk of death is 58% lower at hospitals receiving 5 stars versus all other hospitals.
In this year’s report, Healthgrades also analyzed findings over its last five study periods (2005-2011) to provide an overview of trends in hospital quality over a longer period. Among its key findings, Healthgrades found that the nation’s average in-hospital risk-adjusted mortality rate improved 22% for procedures and conditions studied by Healthgrades over the last seven years.
Healthgrades also released new research conducted by Harris Interactive that underscores the importance of educating consumers on the importance of clinical outcomes. According to the research, consumers said a hospital's location is virtually as important to them as its mortality rate, at 83% and 87% important/very important, respectively. Healthgrades bases its objective hospital quality measures solely on clinical performance and updates them annually, free to the public. Also released in the research today, 86% of Americans in 27 top designated market areas agree they would be more likely to choose—or not choose—a hospital if they could learn ahead of time the mortality rates for a certain procedure. Patient outcomes are important to consumers making choices today about hospitals.
“The staff and physicians of Houston Medical Center and Perry Hospital are committed to providing high quality care for our patients,” states Cary Martin, Chief Executive Officer for Houston Healthcare. “These achievements recognize the dedication of our staff to ensuring our patients receive excellent care. The community can be confident they are receiving quality care while they are in our facilities.”
Other notable awards for Houston Medical Center include:
· Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Heart Failure for 7 Years in a Row (2007-2013)
· Ranked #7 in GA for Treatment of Stroke in 2013
· Ranked Among the Top 10 in GA for Treatment of Stroke in 2013 (Ranked 7 in 2013)
· Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Stroke for 3 Years in a Row (2011-2013)
· Recipient of the HealthGrades Pulmonary Care Excellence Award™ for 8 Years in a Row (2006-2013)
· Ranked Among the Top 5% in the Nation for Overall Pulmonary Services for 8 Years in a Row (2006-2013)
· Ranked #4 in GA for Overall Pulmonary Services in 2013
· Ranked Among the Top 10 in GA for Overall Pulmonary Services for 11 Years in a Row (2003-2013) (Ranked 4 in 2013)
· Five-Star Recipient for Overall Pulmonary Services for 9 Years in a Row (2005-2013)
· Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease for 11 Years in a Row (2003-2013)
· Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Pneumonia for 11 Years in a Row (2003-2013)
· Ranked #8 in GA for Critical Care in 2013
· Ranked Among the Top 10 in GA for Critical Care for 5 Years in a Row (2009-2013) (Ranked 8 in 2013)
· Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Pulmonary Embolism in 2013
· Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Respiratory Failure for 7 Years in a Row (2007-2013)
Other notable awards for Perry Hospital include:
· Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease for 2 Years in a Row (2012-2013)
· Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of GI Bleed for 3 Years in a Row (2011-2013)
· Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Respiratory Failure for 5 Years in a Row (2009-2013)
“I am extremely proud of our accomplishments and have seen firsthand the care and compassion our staff and physicians provide to those in our community,” says Martin.
For its 2013 hospital quality outcomes analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 40 million Medicare hospitalization records for services performed from 2009 through 2011 at approximately 4,500 short-term, acute care hospitals nationwide. 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. Mortality and complication rates are risk adjusted, which takes into account each hospital’s unique population (demographics and severity of illness).
The American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2013: Healthgrades Report to the Nation, including the complete methodology, can be found at www.healthgrades.com/quality. The 2013 performance outcomes are now available free to the public at www.healthgrades.com.