Good Sam ranks high for clinical excellence

LAFAYETTE – Exempla Good Samaritan Medical Center in Lafayette was the only local hospital to rank in the top 5 percent in the nation for clinical excellence, in a rating report from Health Grades Inc., a national health-care ranking company.

Hospital mortality rates and patient complications related to 27 conditions and procedures were the two factors used in the new ranking report released this week, according to a press statement from Health Grades, based in Denver. Some 262 hospitals across the nation received the clinical excellence ranking out of more than 4,500 hospitals that were evaluated, according to Health Grades.

Hospitals that received the clinical excellence ranking have a 30.9 percent lower risk-adjusted, in-hospital mortality rate across 18 procedures performed at hospitals, compared with other U.S. hospitals evaluated. For hospitals to be eligible for the award, they had to perform better than expected in at least 19 of the 27 conditions and procedures measured, Health Grades said.

Such reports are targeted at consumers to help them make more informed decisions about future health care, Roger Holstein, chief executive of Health Grades, said in the press statement.

Hospitals are not able to “opt in” or “opt out” of a Health Grades ranking report, said Lisa Bongiovanni, a spokeswoman. Health Grades’ main revenue model is to license the research information to hospitals that receive various status awards, Bongiovanni said. More specifically, she said, hospitals pay for the marketing rights to use the awards that Health Grades gives.

In Boulder County, Boulder Community Hospital received a 2013 Critical Care Excellence Award and a 2013 Stroke Care Excellence Award. The critical-care award means the hospital ranks in the top 10 percent of Health Grades’ ratings for treating pulmonary embolism, respiratory system failure, sepsis and diabetic acidosis and coma, according to information on the Health Grades website. The stroke-care award recognizes hospitals for superior outcomes in the care and treatment of stroke, Health Grades said.

Longmont United Hospital in Longmont most recently received the 2012 Pulmonary Care Excellence Award, which recognizes hospitals for superior outcomes in treating chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and pneumonia, according to the Health Grades website. The hospital also receive the 2011 and 2010-2011 Outstanding Patient Experience awards, which measure patient satisfaction based on 27 questions about communication, cleanliness and other related issues.

Avista Adventist Hospital in Louisville most recently received the 2012, 2011 and 2010-2011 Outstanding Patient Experience awards, according to the Health Grades website.

More than 200 million consumers across the nation use Health Grades websites to evaluate hospital and doctor information, according to a Health Grades press statement. The privately held company has about 500 employees and does not release revenue numbers, Bongiovanni said.

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