Catholic Health Receives Highest Rankings from HealthGrades© 2012 National Report

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November 8, 2011

Catholic Health has again received the most 5-star and quality Excellence Awards of any Western New York health provider from HealthGrades©, the nation’s leading objective rating source studying patient outcome information.

Hospital Recognitions

Mercy Hospital of Buffalo

The 2012 HealthGrades Healthcare Consumerism & Hospital Quality in America Study highlighted Catholic Health’s quality excellence in coronary intervention, cardiac care and surgery at its Heart Center at Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, ranking it among the top 10 in New York State for Cardiac Surgery.

Coronary Intervention Excellence Award

Mercy Hospital also received a 5-star rating for maternity care and gynecologic surgery, recognizing that Catholic Health is the only area health system that can treat both mothers and babies in the same hospital facility in the event of a critical-care or emergency situation.

Kenmore Mercy Hospital

Kenmore Mercy Hospital received HealthGrades Joint Replacement Excellence Award for the sixth year in a row, ranking it among the top five percent of hospitals in the nation and #3 in New York State.

Kenmore Mercy also received a 5-star rating for neurosurgery.

Joint Replacement Excellence Award

Sisters of Charity Hospital

Sisters of Charity Hospital also received HealthGrades Joint Replacement Excellence Award and its first 5-star rating in orthopedics, ranking it among the top 10 hospitals in New York State for Orthopedic Services.

Joint Replacement Excellence Award

Quality Rankings Important in Choosing Healthcare Providers

“As healthcare reform advances, how patients engage and take control of the decision-making for their personal and family healthcare needs is changing,” said Joe McDonald, President & CEO, Catholic Health. “Quality ratings are one of the most important resources people should use when seeking out a physician referral and hospital for procedure performance outcomes. It’s the gold standard by which everyone in the healthcare industry should be measured and should strive to achieve.”

“As a high performing healthcare system, our goal is to have a continuum of the highest quality care integrated at every stage and location of the patient experience, and that includes our relationship with Catholic Medical Partners (CMP),”said McDonald. “This network of 900 Western New York physicians shares our vision of a new and improved patient experience, adhering to nationally-recognized practice standards while reducing costs.”

The HealthGrades’ study uses three years of Medicare patient information from 2008-2010, analyzing the majority of high volume diagnoses and procedures from more than 5,000 hospitals across the country.

“Healthcare quality can mean the difference between life and death or experiencing a major complication,” said Richard J. Ruh, MD, Senior Vice President Service Lines for Catholic Health. “Patients are increasingly requiring transparency and access to quality information and using the internet to find it. By working together and keeping our focus on quality, Catholic Health is giving patients the care they trust, with the experience they deserve. Our goal is to have our cardiac, neurovascular, orthopedic and women’s services, ranked at HealthGrades highest 5-star rating.”

Choosing a 5-star Rated Hospital Can Save Your Life

According to HealthGrades research, choosing a 5-star rated hospital could save your life. Based on its findings, patients being treated at a 5-star hospital have a 73 percent lower risk of dying than if they were treated at a 1-star rated facility. Their research also shows that up to 165,000 in-hospital complications could have been avoided and more than 240,000 lives saved, if all patients received care at a 5-star rated hospital.

Today, more than 100 million patients a year find doctors on, according to, and Time Magazine named HealthGrades one of the 50 best websites of 2011 for healthcare education and referral information.

HealthGrades reported that 900,000 of its website hits come from the Western New York area.

Catholic Health projects that more than 600,000 visitors will search the Catholic Health website, up 50 percent from 2010, seeking physician referrals, information about specific diseases and treatment options, and health education and screening programs from a wide selection of community prevention and education programs it offers.

“We are a system of people connected to the most advanced technologies and medical and professional expertise to do what’s right for each and every patient,” said McDonald. “These tremendous recognitions reflect the trust that people have in the care they receive in any one of our hospitals or medical settings.”