Healthgrades Releases Clinical Excellence Hospital Rankings

Cheryl Clark, January 16, 2013

A scoring system that counts patient mortality rates as long as 180 days after discharge as well as dozens of complications from common hospital procedures shows 262 hospitals as the best in the country, out of about 1,500 eligible for consideration.

That's according to the 2013 Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence report from Healthgrades, which says that if all hospitals in the nation had mortality rates as low as in these 262 hospitals between 2009 and 2011, 164,414 lives would be saved. That translates to 30.9% fewer deaths.

The report gives five stars to those hospitals whose risk-adjusted mortality rates or complication rates from procedures in 27 lines of service—from abdominal aortic aneurysm repair to cardiac valve repair or replacement—were lower than other hospitals'.

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"Consumers should use Healthgrades because of its detailed information," Evan Marks emphasizes. "For example, just because a particular hospital is among the 262, that doesn't mean you should go there. The first thing you need to ask is what you need as a patient, and are they doing a good job in that area. If I'm having a hip replacement and the hospital is not doing a good job in that, I don't want to go there. I want to go to the hospital that's got five stars in hip replacement."

Noticeably not on the list are some big name hospitals, such as the Cleveland Clinic, the Mayo Clinic's Methodist Hospital in Rochester, MN (although the Mayo's Saint Mary's Hospital in Rochester made the list), Johns Hopkins Medical Center in Baltimore, San Francisco General, Massachusetts General Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconess.
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