Healthgrades Names America’s Best Hospitals™

Recipients sustain high-quality outcomes over time and engage
consumers in their care

DENVER–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Healthgrades, the leading online resource for information about
physicians and hospitals, released America’s
50 and 100 Best Hospitals
™ for 2017. The recipients of the America’s
50 and 100 Best Hospitals Awards™ demonstrate superior clinical outcomes
across the majority of common inpatient conditions and procedures* and
sustained this performance for at least three consecutive years.
Healthgrades research revealed that America’s Best Hospitals also
outperform their peers in treating a core group of conditions that
account for more than 80% of mortalities in areas evaluated by
Healthgrades,including heart attack, heart failure,
pneumonia, respiratory failure, sepsis and stroke.

Patients treated in hospitals achieving the America’s 100 Best Hospitals
Award™ have, on average, a 27.1% lower risk of dying than if
they were treated in hospitals that did not receive this award.§
If all hospitals, as a group, performed similarly to hospitals achieving
Healthgrades 2017 America’s 100 Best Hospitals Award, on average,
179,438 lives could potentially have been saved.§

According to a related whitepaper
released today
by Healthgrades, not only do America’s Best Hospitals
demonstrate superior clinical outcomes, they also engage consumers as
active participants in their care. For example:

  • Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, Wash., implemented the
    Orthopedic Patient-Peer Partner program, an idea put forth by the
    medical center’s orthopedic patients themselves. Through this program,
    patients who have undergone joint replacement surgery at Virginia
    Mason can return as volunteers to support and encourage others who are
    preparing to undergo hip, knee or shoulder replacement.
  • HealthPartners hospitals in Minnesota works with first responders to
    extend care to patients in their homes. Through the Community
    Paramedic Program, the two largest hospitals in the HealthPartners
    system are working with local first responders to help patients be
    active participants in their own care—while creating partnerships that
    benefit the entire community.
  • Penrose St. Francis Health Services in Colorado Springs, Colo., which
    has been named one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals for 10 consecutive
    years, engages consumers using multiple strategies, including an
    intervisit communication program—piloted with Healthgrades in
    2016—that acts as a digital health coach.

“Hospitals that have achieved America’s Best Hospitals™ distinction have
sustained high quality outcomes for their patients over many years and
often, offer programs that engage consumers and their overall
communities in their care,” said Brad Bowman, MD, chief medical officer,
Healthgrades. “Healthcare consumerism is requiring hospitals and health
systems to innovate in a variety of areas, including quality, to meet
growing expectations about the level of care, personalization and

The hospitals that are among America’s 100 Best Hospitals™ are the top
2% in the nation for consistent clinical excellence and have
consecutively received a Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for
Clinical Excellence™ for at least the last three years. The recipients
of America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award™ have achieved the Healthgrades
Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ for at least six
consecutive years, placing them in the top 1% in the nation.

Access a complete list of the 2017
award recipients

View Healthgrades hospital
quality methodologies

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partner with Healthgrades

* At least 21 of the 32 procedures and conditions
evaluated by Healthgrades using Medicare inpatient data from the
Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) database

For treatments across 19 rated conditions and
procedures where mortality is the outcome

§ Statistics are based on Healthgrades analysis of
MedPAR data for years 2013 through 2015 and represent three-year
estimates for Medicare patients only.


About Healthgrades

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resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.
Today, more than one million people a day use the Healthgrades website
to search, compare and connect with hospitals and physicians based on
the most important measures when selecting a healthcare provider:
experience, hospital quality and patient satisfaction. For more
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Jen Newman