Once again, Rockford Memorial Hospital has earned national recognition for providing quality care right here in the Rock River Valley. The hospital received 19 awards for quality in six clinical specialties from Healthgrades, the leading provider of information to help consumers make an informed decision about a physician or hospital. Healthgrades evaluated nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide. RMH is the only local hospital to consistently receive this type of recognition.
Rockford Memorial Hospital has been recognized by Healthgrades as one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Spine Surgery™. This is the second year RHS has received this distinction. RMH received the Healthgrades Spine Surgery Excellence Award™ for the fourth year in a row, and was named among the top five percent and top 10 percent in the nation for spine surgery. Also, in the orthopedic category, the hospital received the Orthopedic Surgery Excellence Award™ and was named among the top 10 percent in the nation for overall orthopedic services. For the tenth straight year, RMH has received a five-star rating for spinal fusion surgery, and this year, received a five-star rating for back surgery. A five-star rating means the hospital’s clinical outcomes are better than expected when conducting this procedure.
Healthgrades also named RMH as one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals for Vascular Surgery™, giving the hospital the Healthgrades Vascular Surgery Excellence Award™. The hospital was named among the top 10 percent in the nation for vascular surgery and received a five-star rating for carotid surgery.
In cardiac care, RMH received a five-star rating for the treatment of heart attack for the second year in a row. In pulmonary, the hospital received five-star recognition for the treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease for the tenth consecutive year and for the treatment of pneumonia for 14th consecutive year. In critical care, RMH received five stars for the treatment of sepsis for fourth consecutive year.
Previously, Healthgrades announced RMH’s five-star ratings in Labor and Delivery for vaginal delivery and C-section delivery.
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 2015: 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, 2015:
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