Catholic Health Hospitals Named Among Nation’s Best in Latest HealthGrades Study

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November 13, 2012

Study finds patients treated at 5-star hospitals are 61% less likely to experience major complications

Orthopedic and Spine Surgery at Mercy Hospital of Buffalo and Joint Replacement Surgery at Kenmore Mercy Hospital and Sisters of Charity Hospital are among the best in the nation according to a new report from Healthgrades, the leading provider of information to help consumers make more informed decisions about physicians and hospitals.

100 Best - Orthopedic Surgery 100 Best - Spine Surgery 100 Best - Joint Replacement

These findings represent a small sample of the numerous quality recognitions Catholic Health received as part of Healthgrades’ latest study.

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 and procedures from 2009-2011.

Among the highlights for Catholic Health:

  • Mercy Hospital ranked #1 in New York State and among the top 5% in the nation for Spine Surgery.
  • Kenmore Mercy ranked #2 in New York and among the top 5% in the nation for Joint Replacement Surgery.
  • Sisters Hospital ranked #3 in New York and among the top 10% in the nation for Bariatric Surgery.

“These independent quality ratings let healthcare consumers know that the care they receive in Catholic Health is among the best in the nation, the top in our state and the highest locally,” said Joe McDonald, president & CEO of Catholic Health.

“Our commitment to quality and patient safety is at the heart of everything we do and we thank our physicians and our associates for all their hard work to make these recognitions possible.”

Hospital outcomes and complication rates are important to consumers when making decisions about their healthcare. According to a study conducted by Harris Interactive for Healthgrades, 90% 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 their chances of complications for a certain procedure.

For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 40 million Medicare hospitalization records for services performed from 2009-2011 at approximately 4,500 hospitals nationwide. The study found patients treated in hospitals receiving five stars have, on average, 61% lower risk of experiencing a complication while in the hospital than if they were treated by hospitals receiving one star (based on 2009-2011 data across nine common
procedures and diagnoses such as total knee replacement, gallbladder, and spine surgeries). Additionally, 183,534 in-hospital complications could have been avoided if all hospitals performed at a 5-star level.  

Healthgrades independently measures hospitals based on data that hospitals submit to the federal government. No hospital can opt in or out of the analysis, 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 are upon admission.

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.

Other Recognitions

Other notable Healthgrades recognitions for Catholic Health in 2012 include:

Mercy Hospital of Buffalo

America's Best 100 Hospitals

  • One of HealthGrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery™ in 2013
  • One of HealthGrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Spine Surgery™ in 2013
  • One of HealthGrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Prostatectomy™ for 2 Years in a Row (2012-2013)

Cardiac

  • Five-Star Recipient for Coronary Bypass Surgery for 3 Years in a Row (2011-2013)

Orthopedic

  • Recipient of the HealthGrades Orthopedic Surgery Excellence Award™ in 2013
  • Recipient of the HealthGrades Spine Surgery Excellence Award™ in 2013
  • Ranked Among the Top 5% in the Nation for Spine Surgery in 2013
  • Ranked Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Overall Orthopedic Services in 2013
  • Ranked #7 in NY for Overall Orthopedic Services in 2013
  • Ranked #1 in NY for Spine Surgery in 2013
  • Ranked Among the Top 10 in NY for Overall Orthopedic Services in 2013 (Ranked 7 in 2013)
  • Ranked Among the Top 10 in NY for Spine Surgery for 3 Years in a Row (2011-2013) (Ranked 1 in 2013)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Overall Orthopedic Services in 2013
  • Five-Star Recipient for Spine Surgery in 2013
  • Five-Star Recipient for Hip Fracture Treatment for 2 Years in a Row (2012-2013)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Back and Neck Surgery (except Spinal Fusion) in 2013
  • Five-Star Recipient for Back and Neck Surgery (Spinal Fusion) for 3 Years in a Row (2011-2013)

Pulmonary

  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease in 2013

Individual

  • Recipient of the HealthGrades Prostatectomy Excellence Award™ for 2 Years in a Row (2012-2013)
  • Ranked Among the Top 5% in the Nation for Prostatectomy in 2013
  • Ranked #5 in NY for Prostatectomy in 2013
  • Ranked Among the Top 5 in NY for Prostatectomy for 2 Years in a Row (2012-2013) (Ranked 5 in 2013)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Prostatectomy for 2 Years in a Row (2012-2013)

Gastrointestinal

  • Five-Star Recipient for Cholecystectomy in 2013

Appendectomy

  • Five-Star Recipient for Appendectomy for 3 Years in a Row (2011-2013)

Critical Care

  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Sepsis for 7 Years in a Row (2007-2013)

Maternity Care

  • Recipient of the HealthGrades Maternity Care Excellence Award™ for 2012
  • Ranked Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Maternity Care in 2012
  • Five-Star Recipient for Maternity Care for 2 Years in a Row (2011-2012)

GYN Surgery

  • Recipient of the HealthGrades Gynecologic Surgery Excellence Award™ in 2012
  • Ranked Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Gynecologic Surgery in 2012
  • Five-Star Recipient for Gynecologic Surgery for 2 Years in a Row (2011-2012)

Kenmore Mercy Hospital

America's Best 100 Hospitals

  • One of HealthGrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Joint Replacement™ for 2 Years in a Row (2012-2013)Hospital-wide
  • Recipient of the HealthGrades Patient Safety Excellence Award™ in 2012

Orthopedic

  • Recipient of the HealthGrades Joint Replacement Excellence Award™ for 7 Years in a Row (2007-2013)
  • Ranked Among the Top 5% in the Nation for Joint Replacement for 3 Years in a Row (2011-2013)
  • Ranked #2 in NY for Joint Replacement in 2013
  • Ranked Among the Top 10 in NY for Joint Replacement for 7 Years in a Row (2007-2013) (Ranked 2 in 2013)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Joint Replacement for 7 Years in a Row (2007-2013)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Total Knee Replacement for 7 Years in a Row (2007-2013)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Total Hip Replacement for 7 Years in a Row (2007-2013)

Sisters of Charity Hospital 

Orthopedic

  • Five-Star Recipient for Joint Replacement for 3 Years in a Row (2011-2013)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Total Knee Replacement for 3 Years in a Row (2011-2013)

Pulmonary

  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Pneumonia in 2013

Gastrointestinal

  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Bowel Obstruction in 2013

Bariatric Surgery

  • Recipient of the HealthGrades Bariatric Surgery Excellence Award™ for 7 Years in a Row (2006/2007-2012)
  • Ranked Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Bariatric Surgery for 7 Years in a Row (2006/2007-2012)
  • Ranked #3 in NY for Overall Bariatric Surgery in 2012
  • Ranked Among the Top 5 in NY for Overall Bariatric Surgery for 7 Years in a Row (2006/2007-2012)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Overall Bariatric Surgery for 7 Years in a Row (2006/2007-2012)