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Memorial Hermann’s Exemplary Clinical Quality Earns Place Among America’s 50 Best Hospitals Three Years Running

Memorial Hermann’s Exemplary Clinical Quality Earns Place Among America’s 50 Best Hospitals Three Years Running

HOUSTON, TX (March22, 2012)

Four Hospitals Recognized for Sustained, Outstanding Clinical Performance by HealthGrades®, the leading independent healthcare ratings organization.

Achieving and maintaining exemplary clinical quality has again placed Memorial Hermann among an elite group of U.S. hospitals in HealthGrades America's 50 Best Hospitals rankings. For the third consecutive year, four campuses - Memorial Hermann Northwest, Memorial Hermann Southeast, Memorial Hermann Southwest, and Memorial Hermann The Woodlands hospitals - have achieved risk-adjusted mortality and complication rates that were in the top 5 percent in the nation. The hospitals are the only Texas-based institutions on the list.

"This is an important clinical quality distinction that we are proud of, and have worked hard to achieve," said Dan Wolterman, Memorial Hermann president and CEO. "But it goes beyond the recognition. Hospitals that make this list have proven to patients that they will receive high-quality care. On average, patients treated at America's 50 Best Hospitals have nearly a 30% lower risk of death - that translates into thousands of lives saved each year."

"As our nation seeks to elevate the quality of care at all hospitals, these elite facilities provide a roadmap for success," said Dr. Arshad Rahim, HealthGrades Director of Accelerated Clinical Excellence. "Consumers increasingly are demanding greater transparency and quality when selecting healthcare providers. These hospitals are delivering. We commend them for their dedication to excellence in patient care."

HealthGrades compared the performance of America's 50 Best Hospitals to all others and found:

  • Collectively, during 2008 through 2010, these top hospitals had nearly a 30% lower risk-adjusted mortality across 17 procedures and diagnoses.
  • From 2008 through 2010, if all hospitals performed at the level of America's Best Hospitals, nearly 180,000 Medicare deaths may have been prevented.

Additionally, clinical improvements at Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center earned it a place on an expanded list of America's Top 100 hospitals in the HealthGrades ratings.

Complete procedure-by-procedure comparisons of the HealthGrades America's 50 Best Hospitals and all others can be found at HealthGrades.com. A comprehensive methodology for this award and all HealthGrades hospital ratings and rankings is also available online.

In this year alone, Memorial Hermann has been recognized by Thomson Reuters as one of the top five large systems in the nation based on clinical quality and other factors, and also by HealthGrades as a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence. For more information on Memorial Hermann services and quality and safety awards, visit www.memorialhermann.org or call 713.222.CARE (2273).

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About Memorial Hermann 

An integrated health system, Memorial Hermann is known for world-class clinical expertise, patient-centered care, leading edge technology, and innovation. The system, with its exceptional medical staff and more than 20,000 employees, serves southeast Texas and the greater Houston community. Memorial Hermann's 12 hospitals include three hospitals in the Texas Medical Center, including a level 1 trauma center, a hospital for children and a rehabilitation hospital, eight suburban hospitals, and a second rehabilitation hospital in Katy. The system also operates three Heart & Vascular Institute locations, the Mischer Neuroscience Institute, the Ironman Sports Medicine Institute, an air ambulance, cancer, imaging and surgery centers, sports medicine and rehabilitation centers, outpatient laboratories, a chemical dependency treatment center, a home health agency, a retirement community and a nursing home. To learn more, visit www.memorialhermann.org.

About HealthGrades 

HealthGrades, headquartered in Denver, Colorado, is a leading provider of comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. More than 200 million consumers use the HealthGrades websites, including HealthGrades.com and BetterMedicine.com, to research, select, and connect with a physician or hospital, and use its comprehensive information about clinical outcomes, patient satisfaction, patient safety, and health conditions to make more informed healthcare decisions and take action. Find more information about our products and services at HealthGrades.com. Follow us on Twitter (@HealthGrades) and Facebook for news and updates. More information on how HealthGrades guides Americans to their best health can be found at www.healthgrades.com.