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Memorial Hermann among Top 1% Hospitals in Nation

Memorial Hermann among Top 1% Hospitals in Nation

MEMORIAL HERMANN (February27, 2014)

Memorial Hermann among Top 1% Hospitals in Nation

Four Memorial Hermann hospitals named as Healthgrades® America’s 50 Best HospitalsTM for 2014

HOUSTON (Feb. 27, 2014) – For the fifth consecutive year, Memorial Hermann Health System has four hospitals among the nation’s 50 best hospitals, according to Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. 


This distinction, which was achieved based on an evaluation of clinical performance over seven years, places Memorial Hermann Northwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, and Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital in the Top 1 percent of hospitals nationwide. More than 4,500 hospitals were evaluated by Healthgrades.


The outstanding performance of these four hospitals can be measured in preventable deaths.  If all hospitals performed at the high level of the award recipients, 157,069 lives could have potentially been saved nationwide between 2010 and 2012. In other words, this translates to a 23.29 percent lower risk-adjusted mortality rate for the hospitals among the HealthgradesAmerica’s 50 Best HospitalsTM when compared to all other hospitals in the nation (across 19 procedures and conditions where in-hospital mortality was the clinical outcome).


Variation in hospital performance exists locally as well as nationally. For example, of the 15 hospitals in Houston evaluated for the treatment of heart attack, risk-adjusted in-hospital mortality rates ranged from 3.5 percent on the low end to 11.9 percent on the high end. This is a greater than three-fold difference in mortality rates.


“We are pleased with this distinction,” said M. Michael Shabot, M.D., Memorial Hermann Health System chief medical officer. “This recognizes the type of High Reliability Organization behaviors that gives our patients the comfort of knowing their loved ones are at hospitals where everyone not only cares about patient safety and quality, but are committed to it.” 
Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals™ designation recognizes hospitals for consistent clinical excellence by identifying those that received a Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ for the most consecutive years.


“By choosing a hospital that has achieved the Healthgrades America’s 50 Best HospitalsAward™, consumers can expect a long-standing commitment to exceptional clinical care – and receive a quality of care that is among the highest quality medical care in the nation,” said Evan Marks, EVP, Informatics and Strategy, Healthgrades.


To be eligible for the Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™, a hospital had to have been evaluated for its performance in at least 21 of the 30 Healthgrades procedures and conditions, based on Medicare inpatient data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Medicare Provider Analysis and Review database. To learn more about how Healthgrades determines America’s Best Hospitals Award recipients, please visit


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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 to advance health in Southeast Texas and the Greater Houston community. Memorial Hermann’s 12 hospitals include three hospitals in the Texas Medical Center, including the Texas Trauma Institute – a level I trauma center which houses the Life Flight® air ambulance – 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 Institutes, the Mischer Neuroscience Institute, three Ironman Sports Medicine Institute locations, cancer centers, 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. As an Accountable Care Organization, the system also offers employers health solutions and health benefit plans through Memorial Hermann Health Insurance Company.