Once again, Rockford Memorial Hospital has received numerous awards from Healthgrades, the leading provider of information to help consumers make informed decisions about a physician or hospital.
Earlier this year, RMH received the Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award for the sixth time in the last seven years. The only local hospital ever to earn this recognition, it places our patient safety ratings in the top 5 percent of hospitals in the United States.
For the second year in a row, Rockford Memorial Hospital received the Healthgrades Spine Surgery Excellence Award. This award places Rockford Memorial Hospital in the top 10 percent of hospitals nationwide for its excellent performance in spine surgery. RMH is the only hospital in the state of Illinois to receive this designation for two consecutive years.
RMH is also five-star recipient for spinal fusion surgery for eight years in a row. A five-star rating means the hospital’s clinical outcomes are better than expected when conducting this procedure.
For the first time, RMH received the Healthgrades Pulmonary Care Excellence Award, which places the hospital among the top 10 percent in the nation for overall pulmonary services. RMH also received five-star recognition for the treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease for 8 consecutive years and for the treatment of pneumonia for 12 consecutive years. Two years in a row, RMH received a five-star rating for the treatment of stroke in the area of neurosciences. RMH also received the Healthgrades Five-Star Rating for Defibrillator Procedures.
In critical care, RMH received five stars for the treatment of sepsis for two consecutive years and for the first time, received five stars for the treatment of pulmonary embolisms. RMH is also a first time five-star recipient for esophageal/stomach surgeries.
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 10 awards were presented to hospital physicians and staff on October 23, 2013:
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.
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