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November 5, 2012

National study: Hamilton Medical Center is 5-star recipient for pulmonary, gastrointestinal, critical care

Hamilton Medical Center was recently informed that it has received five stars for the quality of its pulmonary, gastrointestinal and critical care from Healthgrades, the leading provider of information to help consumers make an informed decision about a physician or hospital.

This recognition is part of new findings recently released in American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2013: Healthgrades Report to the Nation, which evaluates the performance of approximately 4,500 hospitals nationwide across nearly 30 procedures and conditions. A 5-star quality measurement indicates that Hamilton Medical Center’s clinical performance is better than expected.

Healthgrades also released new research conducted by Harris Interactive that underscores the importance of educating consumers on the importance of clinical outcomes. According to the research, consumers said a hospital’s location is virtually as important to them as its mortality rate, at 83 percent and 87 percent important/very important, respectively. Healthgrades bases its objective hospital quality measures solely on clinical performance and updates them annually, free to the public. The 2013 performance outcomes are now available at healthgrades.com.


• Ranked No. 8 in Georgia for Overall Pulmonary Services in 2013.

• Ranked among the Top 10 in Georgia for Overall Pulmonary Services for three years in a row (2011-2013).

• Five-Star recipient for Overall Pulmonary Services for three years in a row (2011-2013).

• Five-Star recipient for Treatment of Pneumonia for three years in a row (2011-2013).


• Ranked No. 8 in Georgia for GI Medical Treatment in 2013.

• Ranked among the Top 10 in Georgia for GI Medical Treatment for five years in a row (2009-2013).

• Five-Star recipient for Treatment of GI Bleed for three years in a row (2011-2013).

Critical care

• Five-Star recipient for Treatment of Pulmonary Embolism for three years in a row (2011-2013).

• Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Respiratory Failure for five years in a row (2009-2013).

“Our staff members and physicians have worked very hard to achieve this distinction, and they deserve a lot of credit. It has been a collaborative accomplishment,” said Steve Rohn, chief medical officer at Hamilton Medical Center. “Pushing ourselves to improve is a continuous and ongoing process.”

For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 40 million Medicare hospitalization records for services performed from 2009 through 2011 at approximately 4,500 short-term, acute care hospitals nationwide. Healthgrades found that patients treated in hospitals receiving five stars had, on average, 75 percent lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals receiving one star (across 18 common procedures and diagnoses, such as heart bypass surgery, stroke and pneumonia).

In this year’s report, Healthgrades also analyzed findings over its last five study periods (2005-2011) to provide an overview of trends in hospital quality over a longer period. Among its key findings, Healthgrades found that the nation’s average in-hospital risk-adjusted mortality rate improved 22 percent for procedures and conditions studied by Healthgrades over the last seven years.

Healthgrades independently measures hospitals based on data that hospitals submit to the federal government. No hospital can opt in or out of being measured, and no hospital pays to be measured. Healthgrades risk adjusts for patient demographic characteristics and clinical risk factors, thereby taking into account how sick patients are upon hospital admission.

More information on the American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2013: Healthgrades Report to the Nation, including the complete methodology, can be found at healthgrades.com/quality.


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