National Study Finds Methodist Hospital 5-star Rated For Stroke And Orthopedic Care 

Oct 20

Methodist Hospital Northlake today announced that it has received a 5-Star rating for the quality of its Treatment of Stroke and Hip Fracture Repair from HealthGrades, the leading independent healthcare ratings organization. The recognition is based on the Thirteenth Annual HealthGrades Hospital Quality in America study, released today, which analyzes patient outcomes at virtually all of the nation’s hospitals. A 5-star quality rating indicates that Methodist Hospital Northlake’s clinical performance is better than expected.

Patients are demanding increased public reporting of quality measures, and recent government reform efforts are backing them up. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, more than 40% of adults report that they believe there are major differences in hospital quality in their immediate geography, and since 1996 the number of consumers that indicated they would choose a hospital based on a high quality rating over familiarity has increased to 72% from 59%.

HealthGrades’ hospital ratings are the most widely used objective, actionable quality measures readily available to the public and are based solely on clinical performance.

Five-Star Rated for
• Treatment of Stroke – 8 years in a row (2004 – 2011)
• Hip Fracture Repair
• GI Procedures and Surgeries – 3 years in a row (2009 – 2011)
• Treatment of Respiratory Failure – 2 years in a row (2010 – 2011)
Ranked Among the Top 5% in the nation
• Women’s Health - 3 years in a row (2008-2011)

“We are proud to have achieved the 5 star rating for stroke eight years in a row. This prestigious designation along with our HFAP Primary Stroke Certification and the Silver Performance Achievement Award from the American Heart and Stroke Association reflect our commitment to the highest level of stroke care possible. We are also pleased to have received five star ratings for the treatment of respiratory failure, GI procedures and surgeries and hip fracture repair. These awards are a testament to the hard work and dedication of our physicians, nurses and other clinical staff.” stated Ian McFadden, CEO/President, Methodist Hospitals.

The HealthGrades study, the largest annual report of its kind, analyzed patient outcomes in nearly 40 million Medicare hospitalization records from 5,000 hospitals over the years 2007, 2008 and 2009. This year’s study found:
• Across all 17 procedures and diagnoses in which mortality was studied, there was an approximate 72% lower chance of dying in a 5-star rated hospital compared to a 1-star rated hospital, and a 53% lower chance of dying in a 5-star hospital compared with the national average.
• If all hospitals performed at the level of a 5-star rated hospital across the 17 procedures and diagnoses studied, 232,442 Medicare lives could potentially have been saved from 2007 through 2009.

The new 2011 HealthGrades hospital ratings were posted today and are free to the public at

HealthGrades Hospital Quality Ratings
HealthGrades’ hospital ratings and awards reflect the track record of patient outcomes at hospitals in the form of mortality and complication rates. HealthGrades rates hospitals independently based on data that hospitals submit to the federal government. No hospital can opt in or out of being rated, and no hospital pays to be rated.

For 26 procedures and medical treatments, HealthGrades issues star ratings that reflect the mortality and complication rates for each category of care. Hospitals receiving a 5-star rating have mortality or complication rates that are below the national average, to a statistically significant degree. A 3-star rating means the hospital performs as expected. One-star ratings indicate the hospital’s mortality or complication rates in that procedure or treatment are statistically higher than average. Because the risk profiles of patient populations at hospitals are not alike, HealthGrades risk-adjusts the data to allow for equal comparisons.

More information on today’s HealthGrades study, including the complete methodology, can be found at

About Methodist Hospitals
Methodist Hospitals is the regional healthcare leader in Northwest Indiana, committed to delivering the most advanced treatments for the best outcomes. With roots dating to 1911, we serve residents in Lake and Porter Counties, as well as those living in communities that extend west to the Illinois border, east to LaPorte and Valparaiso, south to Lowell and beyond.

Methodist's two full-service campuses are just 14 miles apart. The Northlake Campus is located in Gary and the Southlake Campus in Merrillville, the heart of a large, growing suburban area and one of the Midwest’s busiest retail centers. Each of our hospital campuses is comprised entirely of private rooms. During 2010, major facility investments began with the replacement of all patient room furnishings – from beds to chairs to tables – at both campuses.

Our outpatient facility, the Midlake Campus in Gary, is conveniently located between the Northlake and Southlake campuses just off of Interstate 94. Since 2003, Midlake's Rehab Center has provided exceptional outpatient rehabilitation services. Physician offices and other services are also located at this facility.

At all three locations, Methodist Hospitals' patients benefit from the most up-to-date technologies, procedures, and practices, delivered with compassionate care. Our combined medical staff of more than 500 physicians represents nearly 60 medical specialties. Methodist is a major employer with more than 2,000 staff members and our volunteer guild is more than 200 strong. Together, we are Leading the Way to Better Health in Northwest Indiana by making it possible for our patients to receive quality healthcare, close to home.

Methodist Hospitals is a not-for-profit, community-based healthcare system that is governed by a board of directors. We are a strong advocate for the continued physical, emotional and economic well-being of the residents in the many communities we serve. As stewards of our mission, we reinvest in our cities and towns through providing charitable care, community education programs, support services, and screenings.

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