Owensboro Health Regional Hospital Recognized by Healthgrades for Quality Clinical Outcomes
New National Report Identifies Owensboro Health Regional Hospital Among the Top Hospitals Nationally for Excellence in Critical Care and Pulmonary Care
OWENSBORO, KY (October 24, 2013) – Owensboro Health Regional Hospital has been recognized by Healthgrades for clinical excellence in critical care and pulmonary care according to Healthgrades, the leading online resource that helps consumers search, compare and connect with physicians and hospitals.
This achievement was just released in American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2014: Healthgrades Report to the Nation, which evaluates hospital performance at over 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 31 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions. The new report highlights the disparity in hospital performance for specific conditions and procedures and the impact that this variation may have on health outcomes. For example, from 2010-2012, if all hospitals as a group, performed similarly to hospitals receiving 5-stars as a group, on average 234,252 lives could potentially have been saved and 157,418 complications could potentially have been avoided. A 5-star rating indicates that Owensboro Health Regional Hospital’s clinical outcomes are better than expected when treating the condition or conducting the procedure being evaluated.
“Our commitment to safe, quality patient care has been -- and continues to be -- the primary focus for all of us at Owensboro Health. This recognition is a direct result of the effort of our entire staff to provide the very best care for our patients and their families,” said Dr. Michael Scherm, Chief Surgical Officer at Owensboro Health.
Owensboro Health Regional Hospital not only performs at a 5 star level in both critical and pulmonary care – it outperforms other hospitals in the nation, and as a result has been recognized with the 2014 Healthgrades Excellence Award in Critical Care and the 2014 Healthgrades Excellence Award in Pulmonary Care.
“As American policymakers focus more intently on ways to lower healthcare costs and improve quality, patients are being asked to assume more responsibility for their healthcare decisions – from selection of their health plan to the associated network of physicians and hospitals,” said Evan Marks, EVP, Strategy and Informatics, Healthgrades. “Since all hospitals do not perform equally in all procedures, patients can have confidence that by selecting a physician associated with a hospital that has achieved recognition by Healthgrades, they can potentially improve outcomes and reduce costs.”
For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 40 million Medicare patient records for nearly 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide, assessing hospital performance relative to each of 31 common conditions and procedures. Healthgrades awards hospitals quality achievements for cohort-specific performance, specialty area performance, and overall clinical quality. Detailed performance information for individual hospitals may be found at www.healthgrades.com/find-a-hospital. More information on the American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2014: Healthgrades Report to the Nation, including the complete methodology, can be found at www.healthgrades.com/quality.
Owensboro Health Regional Hospital’s full listing of 2014 achievements include:
Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Heart Attack for 4 Years in a Row (2011-2014)
Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Heart Failure for 5 Years in a Row (2010-2014)
Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Stroke for 3 Years in a Row (2012-2014)
Recipient of the Healthgrades Pulmonary Care Excellence Award™ for 5 Years in a Row (2010-2014)
Ranked Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Overall Pulmonary Services for 5 Years in a Row (2010-2014)
Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Pneumonia for 7 Years in a Row (2008-2014)
Five-Star Recipient for Colorectal Surgeries in 2014
Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of GI Bleed for 4 Years in a Row (2011-2014)
Recipient of the Healthgrades Critical Care Excellence Award™ for 4 Years in a Row (2011-2014)
Ranked Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Critical Care for 4 Years in a Row (2011-2014)
Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Sepsis for 8 Years in a Row (2007-2014)
Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Respiratory Failure for 7 Years in a Row (2008-2014)