Healthgrades ranks Memorial Hermann among top in nation

Published 11/27/2012

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HOUSTON -- Healthgrades, the nation’s most trusted, independent source of physician information and hospital quality ratings, has again named several Memorial Hermann hospitals among the best in the nation. The recognition is part of new findings released in American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2013: Healthgrades Report to the Nation, which evaluates the performance of approximately 4,500 hospitals nationwide across nearly 30 procedures and conditions.

In the report, Memorial Hermann Health System, including Memorial Hermann Northwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, and Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital, as well as Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center and Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center achieved recognition among America’s top hospitals across a spectrum of procedures and diagnoses.

Additionally, the Memorial Hermann hospitals are considered “5-star rated” in several areas. Healthgrades found that patients treated in hospitals receiving 5 stars had, on average, 75 percent lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals receiving 1 star (across 18 common procedures and diagnoses, such as heart bypass surgery, stroke, and pneumonia).

Specifically, Healthgrades reported the following results:

Memorial Hermann Health System, including Memorial Hermann Northwest, Southeast, Southwest and The Woodlands hospitals:

Ranked among the top 5 percent in the nation:

Overall GI Services – 7 Years (2006-2013)

General Surgery – 7 Years (2006-2013)

Ranked among top 10 percent in the nation:

Treatment of Stroke – 11 Years (2003-2013)

Overall Pulmonary Services – 9 Years (2005-2013)

GI Medical Treatment – 5 Years (2009-2013)

Critical Care – 5 Years (2009-2013)

Neurosciences – 2 Years (2012-2013)

Overall Orthopedic Services – 2013

Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center:

Ranked among the top 5 percent in the nation:

Stroke Care – 8 Years (2006-2013)

Overall GI Services – 5 Years (2009-2013)

General Surgery – 4 Years (2010-2013)

Neurosciences – 2 Years (2012-2013)

Neurosurgery – 2 Years (2012-2013)

Ranked among top 10 percent in the nation:

Critical Care – 2 Years (2012-2013)

Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center:

Ranked among the top 5 percent in the nation:

Neurosurgery – 2 Years (2011-2012)

Ranked among top 10 percent in the nation:

Treatment of Stroke – 5 Years (2009-2013)

Neurosciences – 2 Years (2012-2013)

Critical Care – 2013

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.

In this year’s report, Healthgrades also analyzed findings over its last five study periods (2005-2011) to provide an overview of trends in hospital quality over a longer period. Among its key findings, Healthgrades found that the nation’s average in-hospital risk-adjusted mortality rate improved 22 percent for procedures and conditions studied by Healthgrades over the last seven years.

Healthgrades independently measures hospitals based on data that hospitals submit to the federal government. No hospital can opt in or out of being measured, and no hospital pays to be measured. Healthgrades risk adjusts for patient demographic characteristics and clinical risk factors, thereby taking into account how sick patients are upon hospital admission.

For a complete list of the rankings and/or more information on the American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2013: Healthgrades Report to the Nation, including the complete methodology, go to www.healthgrades.com/quality.