Treatment at 5-star Hospitals Means 75% Lower Risk of Dying
(October 23, 2012; Henderson, Nev.) – St. Rose Dominican Hospitals–San Martín Campus today announced that it received five stars for the quality of its heart failure care from Healthgrades, the leading provider of information to help consumers make an informed decision about a physician or hospital. This recognition is part of new findings released today in American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2013: Healthgrades Report to the Nation, which evaluates the performance of approximately 4,500 hospitals nationwide across nearly 30 procedures and conditions. A five-star quality measurement indicates that St. Rose Dominican Hospitals’ clinical performance is better than expected.
Healthgrades also released today 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 percent and 87 percent important/very important, respectively. Healthgrades bases its objective hospital quality measures solely on clinical performance and updates them annually, free to the public. The 2013 performance outcomes are now available at www.healthgrades.com.
Other notable Healthgrades recognitions at the San Martín Campus include:
- Ranked No. 2 in Nevada for Cardiology Services in 2013
- Ranked Among the Top 5 in Nevada for Cardiology Services in 2013 (Ranked No. 2 in 2013)
- Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Heart Failure in 2013
- Ranked No. 2 in Nevada for Overall Pulmonary Services in 2013
- Ranked Among the Top 10 in Nevada for Overall Pulmonary Services for three years in a row (2011-2013) (Ranked No. 2 in 2013)
- Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Pneumonia for three years in a row (2011-2013)
- Five-Star Recipient for Repair of Abdominal Aorta in 2011
“My admiration of and appreciation for the quality care provided by all of our St. Rose employees continues to be substantiated by the performance awards we receive,” said Rod Davis, president and CEO of St. Rose Dominican Hospitals and senior vice president of operations, Dignity Health Nevada. “Most importantly, this five-star rating of our San Martín Campus from Healthgrades, along with other ratings we received, confirms that our patients are receiving the very best care available.”
For its 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 found that patients treated in hospitals receiving five stars had, on average, 75 percent lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals receiving one star (across 18 common procedures and diagnoses, such as heart bypass surgery, stroke, and pneumonia).
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 percent for procedures and conditions studied by Healthgrades over the past seven years.
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. Healthgrades risk adjusts for patient demographic characteristics and clinical risk factors, thereby taking into account how sick patients are upon hospital 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.