Healthgrades

Rockford Memorial Hospital continues to receive national recognition from Healthgrades, the leading online resource that helps consumers search, compare and connect with physicians and hospitals.

Rockford Memorial Hospital has been recognized by Healthgrades as one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Spine Surgery. Healthgrades evaluated nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide. This is the first year RHS has received this distinction. RMH also received the Healthgrades Spine Surgery Excellence Award for the third year in a row. That award is given to hospitals that rank among the top 10 percent in the nation for spine surgery. For nine years in a row, RMH has received a five-star rating for spinal fusion surgery. A five-star rating means the hospital’s clinical outcomes are better than expected when conducting this procedure.

Healthgrades also named RMH among the Top 5 percent in the Nation for Overall Pulmonary Services. That’s up from 10 percent last year. The hospital also received the Healthgrades Pulmonary Care Excellence Award for the second year. RMH also received five-star recognition for the treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease for nine consecutive years and for the treatment of pneumonia for 13 consecutive years.

Three years in a row, RMH received a five-star rating for the treatment of stroke in the area of neurosciences. In critical care, RMH received five stars for the treatment of sepsis for three consecutive years and for the first time, received five stars for the treatment of respiratory failure. RMH is also a first time five-star recipient in G.I. for gastro-intestinal bleed, and in cardiac services for treatment of heart attack and treatment of heart failure.

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. Individual procedure or condition cohorts are designated as 5 star (statistically better than expected), 3 star (statistically as expected) and 1 star (statistically worse than expected) categories. Detailed performance information, such as cohort-specific outcomes data and quality achievements 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.

Rockford Memorial Hospital Award Winners

The following awards were presented to hospital physicians and staff on October 21, 2014:

Spine Surgery

  • One of Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Spine Surgery in 2015.
  • Recipient of the Healthgrades Spine Surgery Excellence Award™ for 3 Years in a Row (2013-2015)
  • Named Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Spine Surgery for 3 Years in a Row (2013-2015)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Spinal Fusion Surgery for 9 Years in a Row (2007-2015)

Cardiac Care

  • Five-star Recipient for Treatment of Heart Attack in 2015
  • Five-star Recipient for Treatment of Heart Failure in 2015

Critical Care

  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Sepsis for 3 Years in a Row (2013-2015)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Respiratory Failure in 2015

Gastroenterology

  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of GI Bleed in 2015

Pulmonary

  • Recipient of the Healthgrades Pulmonary Care Excellence Award™ for 2 Years in a Row (2014-2015)
  • Named Among the Top 5% in the Nation for Overall Pulmonary Services in 2015
  • Named Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Overall Pulmonary Services for 2 Years in a Row (2014-2015)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease for 9 Years in a Row (2007-2015)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Pneumonia for 13 Years in a
  • Row (2003-2015)

Neurosciences

  • Five-star Recipient for the Treatment of Stroke for 3 Years in a Row.

About the Rankings

Hospital outcomes and complication rates are important in the eyes of consumers who are making choices today about their healthcare. According to new research conducted by Harris Interactive for Healthgrades, 90 percent of Americans in 27 top designated market areas agree they would be more likely to choose—or not choose—a hospital if they could learn ahead of time their chances of complications for a certain procedure.

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. Patients being treated in hospitals receiving 5 stars have, on average, 61 percent lower risk of experiencing a complication while in the hospital than if they were treated by hospitals receiving 1 star (based on 2009-2011 data across nine common procedures and diagnoses such as total knee replacement, gallbladder, and spine surgeries).

Additionally, a total of 183,534 in-hospital complications could potentially have been avoided if all hospitals performed at a 5-star level. Healthgrades independently measures hospitals based on data that hospitals submit to the federal government. No hospital can opt in or out of the analysis, and no hospital pays to be measured. The 2014 Healthgrades hospital quality outcomes are free to the public at www.healthgrades.com.