Catholic Health Receives Area’s Highest Number of Achievements in Healthgrades 2013 American Hospital Quality Report

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October 28, 2013

A recognized leader in healthcare quality, Catholic Health has once again received the most Five-star and Service Excellence Awards of any Western New York health provider from Healthgrades, the nation’s leading online resource to help consumers search, compare and connect with physicians and hospitals. 

The achievements are part of a new study released on October 22 – American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2014: Healthgrades’ Report to the Nation – which highlights Catholic Health’s leading national ratings in cardiac surgery, orthopedic surgery, joint replacement, gynecologic surgery, and prostate surgery.

In addition to 21 Five-Star and Service Excellence Awards, Healthgrades also named Mercy Hospital of Buffalo one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery™ and Prostate Surgery™ and Kenmore Mercy Hospital one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery™ and Joint Replacement™.

Our Recognitions

In addition to four 100 Best Hospitals recognitions from Healthgrades, Catholic Health hospitals received 21 Five-Star and Specialty Excellence Awards in a number of categories including:

Mercy Hospital

  • Cardiac Surgery Excellence Award (top 5% in the county)
  • Five-Star recipient for Coronary Bypass Surgery for four years in a row
  • Prostate Surgery Excellence Award for two years in a row (top 5% in the country)
  • Five-Star recipient for Hip Fracture Treatment for three years in a row
  • Five-Star recipient for Spinal Fusion Surgery for four years in a row

See: Mercy Hospital Awards

Kenmore Mercy

  • Orthopedic Surgery Excellence Award™ (top 5% in country)
  • Joint Replacement Excellence Award™ for eight years in a row (top 10% in the country)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Total Knee Replacement 
  • Five-Star Recipient for Total Hip Replacement
  • Five-Star Recipient for Hip Fracture Treatment

See: Kenmore Mercy Hospital Awards

Sisters of Charity Hospital

  • Five-Star Recipient for Total Knee Replacement for four years in a row
  • Five-Star Recipient for Hip Fracture Treatment
  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Stroke
  • Five-Star Recipient for Gallbladder Removal Surgery

See: Sisters of Charity Hospital Awards

40 Million Medicare Patient Records Evaluated

For its analysis, Healthgrades independently evaluated approximately 40 million Medicare patient records from nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide. Using a star rating system, the report identifies hospitals with better than expected (five stars), as expected (three stars), or worse than expected (one star) performance in a number of high volume procedures. According to HealthGrades research, patients treated at a five-star hospital for a particular procedure have a lower risk of dying or developing an in-hospital complication than if they were treated at a one-star rated hospital for the same procedure.

Ratings Speak to the Quality of Care at Catholic Health

“As healthcare reform advances, patients are paying closer attention to these quality ratings when making major decisions about their healthcare,” said Joe McDonald, President & CEO of Catholic Health. “As one of the leading authorities on healthcare quality and safety, these recognitions from HealthGrades speak volumes about the quality of care patients can expect to receive at Catholic Health hospitals.”

“Providing the highest quality care is a top priority for Catholic Health. These Healthgrades awards are just one of the many of ways we measure quality throughout our system,” McDonald added. “By offering the most advanced clinical and information technology, coupled with the skill, dedication and hard work of our associates, physicians and administration, we are providing high quality, nationally-ranked care to the people of Western New York.”

Healthcare Quality Can Mean the Difference Between Life and Death

“Healthcare quality can mean the difference between life and death or experiencing a major health complication,” said Brian D’Arcy, MD, Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs for Catholic Health.

“Today, more patients are using healthcare quality information they find on the internet to find a doctor, choose a hospital, or compare medical services. In Catholic Health, we measure more than 5,000 points of quality to ensure we are delivering the very best care. Our success in such areas as cardiac, neurovascular, orthopedic and women’s services is demonstrated by the numerous third party recognitions we receive from organizations like Healthgrades.”