oboro health 300OWENSBORO, Ky. (2/25/14) – Owensboro Health Regional Hospital announced today that is has been named one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals, as measured by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.

To determine the nation’s best performing hospitals based on objective measures of clinical quality, Healthgrades evaluated over 4,500 hospitals nationwide.

To be recognized with this distinction, hospitals must have had performed better than expected across 21 conditions and procedures from 2010 to 2012 consistently, year after year, for a minimum of four years.

Owensboro Health Regional Hospital is among the nation’s top two percent of hospitals.

“At Owensboro Health, every member of our team is working to improve lives and build healthier communities, and that commitment is the reason that—for six consecutive years—we have been ranked in the top five percent in the nation for clinical performance,” said Philip Patterson, president and CEO of Owensboro Health. “But our physicians and staff did not rest with that achievement. Instead, they raised the bar again and again, and now Owensboro Health has achieved even higher outcomes—ranking among the top two percent of hospitals nationally for the second straight year. I could not be more proud.”

From 2010 to 2012, Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals, as a group, had an overall 24.53 percent lower risk-adjusted mortality rate across 19 procedures and conditions where in-hospital mortality was the clinical outcome, compared to all other hospitals in the nation.

From 2010 to 2012, if all other hospitals had performed at the level of Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals, 160,701 lives could have potentially been saved nationwide.  

Variation in hospital performance exists locally as well as nationally. For example, of the 14 hospitals evaluated located in the Evansville, IN region for treatment of Heart Failure, risk-adjusted in-hospital mortality rates ranged from 0.6 percent on the low end to 10.2 percent on the high end, which is an over 17-fold difference in mortality rates.

“Across the nation, hospitals achieve this distinction for providing better than expected outcomes across a broad spectrum of conditions and procedures over an extended period of time,” said Evan Marks, EVP, Informatics and Strategy, Healthgrades. “For consumers, this means that they can expect a commitment to exceptional clinical quality care when choosing among Healthgrades’ America’s 100 Best Hospitals.”

Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals award recognizes hospitals for consistent clinical excellence by identifying those that received a Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence for the most consecutive years.

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 HealthGrades online.

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