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Quality at its Best: Memorial Hermann Again Among Top 5% in Nation

Quality at its Best: Memorial Hermann Again Among Top 5% in Nation

HOUSTON, TX (January31, 2012)

HealthGrades Honors Hospitals with Superior Patient Outcomes Across 26 Medical Procedures, Diagnoses

Memorial Hermann continues to differentiate itself as the one of the top systems in the nation and the market leader in quality and patient safety outcomes, with five campuses being named as Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence™ by HealthGrades, the nation's leading independent healthcare ratings organization. Placing in the top 5 percent of hospitals nationwide for superior clinical performance are: Memorial Hermann Northwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center.

"Our goal is to eliminate all potential sources of patient harm from all our facilities," said Chief Medical Officer Michael Shabot, M.D. "Over the past two years, our hospitals have eliminated specific types of harm for a minimum of 12 consecutive months 40 separate times. For example, our central-line associated blood stream infection rate has plunged by 86 percent, our adult ventilator-associated pneumonia rate is down 81 percent and in many of our hospitals these rates are simply zero. That's high reliability."

HealthGrades' Hospital Quality and Clinical Excellence study objectively identifies those hospitals with the best overall clinical performance across 26 medical diagnoses and procedures that the organization rates. The 263 top-performing hospitals represent only 5 percent of the nation's hospitals and each is designated as a HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence™.

"Memorial Hermann can be proud of the contributions of its physicians, nurses and staff in achieving outstanding patient care," said Kristin Reed, MPH, HealthGrades vice president of hospital ratings and author of the study. "Their patients are fortunate to have access to some of the highest quality hospital care in the nation."

Unlike other hospital quality studies, HealthGrades evaluates hospitals solely on clinical outcomes: risk-adjusted mortality and in-hospital complications. HealthGrades' analysis is based on approximately 40 million Medicare discharges for the years 2008 - 2010. Using these top-performing hospitals as a benchmark in this year's study, HealthGrades quantifies the impact of differences in hospital quality in terms of lives lost and unexpected complications.

The HealthGrades study found that:

  • Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence had a 30.07% lower risk-adjusted mortality rate and a 1.86% lower risk-adjusted in-hospital complication rate among Medicare beneficiaries compared to all other hospitals.
  • If all hospitals performed at the level of Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence, 165,704 Medicare lives could potentially have been saved and 6,800 Medicare in-hospital complications could potentially have been avoided.

The Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence announcement comes on the heels of Memorial Hermann's recognition by Thomson Reuters as one of the top 15 health systems in the nation based on clinical quality and other factors.

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