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Published on October 18, 2011

HealthGrades Names Owensboro Health #1 in Kentucky for Neurosciences, treatment of stroke, and Cardiac Care

Owensboro, KY (Oct. 18, 2011) – A report released today by HealthGrades, a leading independent source of physician information and hospital quality outcomes, named Owensboro Health number one in Kentucky for neurosciences and treatment of stroke. Owensboro Health also received the two following designations:

• One of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Care
• One of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Critical Care

Owensboro Health is also #1 in Kentucky for cardiac care, cardiology, and coronary interventional procedures and the top ranked hospital in the state for: 1) joint replacement surgery, such as total knee replacements; 2) critical care, which includes treating high acuity patients with diagnoses such as sepsis (infection of the blood) and respiratory failure; 3) cardiac care; and 4) medical treatment of gastrointestinal issues, such as bowel obstruction. 

Choosing a hospital can be a life or death decision. HealthGrades report found that patients treated at five-star rated hospitals experience a 73 percent lower risk of mortality and a 63 percent lower risk of complications.

“The ratings we received reflect the continual and careful and thoughtful processes that include following evidence-based care and other quality measures undertaken by our hospital,” said Catharine Schmitt, MD, chief of medical staff at Owensboro Health.

“Patients today have a wide array options when it comes to choosing a healthcare provider,” said Kerry Hicks, HealthGrades chief executive officer. “At HealthGrades, we are proud to have led the way for empowering patient choice based on objective clinical outcomes and access to actionable quality measures. We commend Owensboro Health for its superior quality and support of consumerism and transparency.”

Key findings of the HealthGrades 2011 Healthcare Consumerism and Hospital Quality in America report include:

Patients, on average, were 63 percent less likely to experience in hospital complications than patients at one-star programs, and had a 43 percent lower chance of developing an in-hospital complication than the national average.

If all Medicare patients from 2008 through 2010 had been treated at five-star hospitals, 240,040 lives could have potentially been saved.

In an online survey, 42 percent of HealthGrades visitors said that they believe their chances of experiencing an unexpected death or complication is higher in some hospitals in their community compared to others.

About Owensboro Health

Owensboro Health is a nonprofit health system with a mission to heal the sick and to improve the health of the communities it serves in Kentucky and Indiana. The system includes Owensboro Health Regional Hospital, nationally recognized for design, architecture and engineering and the only hospital in the world to be designated a Signature Sanctuary by Audubon International, Owensboro Health Muhlenberg Community Hospital, the One Health medical group comprising over 180 providers in 25 locations, a certified medical fitness facility, and the Mitchell Memorial Cancer Center. Owensboro Health has been recognized for outstanding care, safety and clinical excellence by The Joint Commission, Healthgrades, U.S. News & World Report and Becker’s Hospital Review. As the largest employer west of Louisville, Owensboro Health has 4,088 employees, and in FY 2015 saw 18,380 inpatient admissions and 823,072 outpatient encounters. A committed community partner, Owensboro Health provided grants of $702,924 in the last year to health, social service, education and arts agencies across the region. For more information, visit

About HealthGrades

HealthGrades is an independent source of physician information and hospital quality outcomes. HealthGrades online properties are the nation's leading destination for physician search and empower more than 170 million consumers annually to make informed health care decisions.