Top 5% 

Apr 21
2010

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Less Complications, Shorter Stays, Faster Recovery

Independent Analysis by the Leading Healthcare Ratings Organization of 5,000 Hospitals

An independent study of women’s care at nearly 5,000 hospitals found Methodist Hospitals to be in the top 5% in the nation, the hospital announced today. Released by HealthGrades, the leading independent healthcare ratings organization, the HealthGrades Seventh Annual Women’s Health in American Hospitals study analyzed nearly 7 million hospitalization records to identify top-performing hospitals.

“This is the second consecutive year Methodist has received the Women’s Health Excellence Award from HealthGrades. This award translates into Methodist Hospitals providing care to our patients that leads to less complications, shorter stays and faster recovery time than 95% of the hospitals in the US. Women are often times the healthcare drivers in their family but overlook their own health needs. It is important that women take care of themselves, not only will it improve their own quality of life but also the lives of the people they care for. This designation is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our primary care physicians, specialists, clinical staff and nurses and of Methodist’s commitment to lead the way to better health,” stated Ian E. McFadden, CEO/President, Methodist Hospitals.

Methodist Hospitals is one of only 166 hospitals in the nation with patient outcomes for women that are in the top 5%, according to the study. As a result, Methodist Hospitals received the 2010/2011 HealthGrades Women’s Health Excellence Award.

As a group, hospitals receiving this award had women’s risk-adjusted mortality rates that were 41% lower than the poorest performing hospitals in the study and complication rates that were 19% lower than the poorest performers. While all hospitals, on average, continued to improve their mortality rates among women, those receiving the award improved at a faster rate than all others over the three years studied, 15% compared with 12%.

As part of the study, Methodist Hospitals and virtually every other hospital in the country were evaluated for the following procedures and treatments among women aged 65 and over:

• Women’s Medicine (heart attack, congestive heart failure, pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and stroke)
• Women’s Cardiovascular Procedures (coronary bypass surgery, peripheral vascular bypass, coronary interventional procedures, resection/replacement of abdominal aorta, carotid surgery, and valve replacement); and
• Women’s Bone & Joint Health (total knee and total hip replacement surgeries, spinal surgeries, and hip fracture repair).

“There is clearly a wide disparity in the quality of care for women among top-performing and all others,” said Rick May, MD, a vice president with HealthGrades and one of the study’s authors. “The goal of this analysis is to not only put sound data in the hands of prospective patients, but also to identify top-performing hospitals who are setting national benchmarks for the treatment of women to which other hospitals can aspire.”

The HealthGrades study found that 16,863 women could have potentially survived their hospitalization and 4,735 women could have potentially avoided a major inhospital complication if all hospitals performed at the benchmarks set by Methodist Hospitals and the other award recipients.

The annual HealthGrades study analyzed nearly 7 million hospitalizations using Medicare data from all 50 states from 2006 through 2008. Eligible hospitals must have met volume requirements in stroke and either coronary bypass or valve replacements; met the volume requirements in at least six additional cohorts of the 16 evaluated; and have transferred out less than 10% of stroke patients. Volume requirements are a minimum of 30 female discharges over the three years, with at least five in the most recent year for the cohort.

The complete study and full methodology are available for download at http://www.healthgrades.com.

Methodist Hospitals is also the recipient of the 2010 Stroke Care Excellence Award™ from HealthGrades. This award recognizes Methodist Hospital’s clinical excellence for treating stroke patients, placing the facility in the top ten percent nationwide for stroke services five years in a row. Methodist Hospital has also received 5 star ratings for Treatment of Heart Failure, Treatment of Respiratory Failure and Gastrointestinal Surgeries and Procedures.

Methodist Hospitals has a strong commitment to responding to the needs of their physicians and patients. Our regional reputation for excellence since 1923 continues to support our market position. Methodist is a not-for-profit, 625 bed community-based healthcare system. Methodist has two full service campuses just 14 miles apart. Northlake Campus is located in Gary, Indiana, and the Southlake Campus in Merrillville, Indiana. Midlake Campus, an outpatient facility in Gary, conveniently located between our Northlake and Southlake campuses just off of Interstate 94. The Rehab Centers, providing outpatient rehabilitation services at Midlake, opened in 2003. Located adjacent to the main entrance of the Southlake Campus in Merrillville, is the Diagnostic Outpatient Center and Merrillville Surgery Center. Built in 2006, this facility provides advanced diagnostic and imaging services and laboratory services as well as professional offices for many of our medical staff.

Our medical staff of more than 500 physicians represents nearly 60 medical specialties. Methodist is a major local employer with over 2,100 employees. Our volunteer guild is more than 200 strong. Our mission is to provide compassionate, quality health care services to all those in need. Our vision is to be the best place for employees to work, the best place for patients to receive care and the best place for physicians to practice medicine.

For more information or to interview/photograph Methodist Hospital employees, please contact me, my contact information is located below.

Amber Raza
Marketing and Corporate Communications
P: 219.886.4474
F: 219.886.4592
E: araza@methodisthospitals.org

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