Mercy Hospital Excels in 2014 HealthGrades Ratings

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February 28, 2014

Staff gather in the hospital rotunda as Jason Jankowiak, at left, kicks off a week-long celebration in October to thank and recognize Heart Center staff for their outstanding quality care ratings

Mercy Hospital of Buffalo received high marks for healthcare quality from the latest report by Healthgrades, the nation’s leading online  resource to help consumers search, compare and connect  with physicians and hospitals. According to the study released in October - American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2014:Healthgrades’ Report to the Nation - Mercy Hospital of Buffalo was named one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery™ and Prostate Surgery™.

In addition, the hospital was awarded top Five-Star quality ratings in Coronary Bypass Surgery (4 years in a row); Hip Fracture Treatment (3 years in a row); Spinal Fusion Surgery (4 years in a row); Esophageal/Stomach Surgeries; Gallbladder Surgery (2 years in a row); Appendectomy (4 years in row); Gynecologic Surgery (3 years in a row); and Prostatectomy (3 years in a row).

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 a complication than if they were treated at a one-star rated hospital for the same procedure

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This article appeared in the Winter 2014 edition of Mercy Connection, the official newsletter of Mercy Hospital.

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