Five Memorial Hermann Hospitals named to list of Healthgrades America’s 50 and 100 Best Hospitals in 2013

Continuing to raise the bar in providing top notch clinical quality and patient care, five Memorial Hermann Health System hospitals again achieved a place on Healthgrades America’s 50 and 100 Best hospital lists, the system announced today. 

A50B 2013The America’s 50 Best Hospital Award represents nine years of advanced and continuous clinical quality excellence and patient care at Memorial Hermann Northwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital and Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital.  This is the fourth consecutive year the four hospitals have been named to the America’s 50 Best Hospitals list.      

Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center has achieved six years of advanced and continuous clinical quality excellence and patient care and has been named among America’s 100 Best Hospitals two years in a row.

Healthgrades, the leading online resource that helps consumers search, evaluate, compare and connect with physicians and hospitals, evaluated nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide based on objective measures of clinical performance.  According to Healthgrades, to be recognized with this distinction, hospitals must have had risk-adjusted mortality and complication rates that were among the lowest 5% in the nation for a minimum of four years.  It was shown in the previously released American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2013: Healthgrades Report to the Nation  that significant variation in outcomes can exist not only across our nation but specifically within a particular region.

For example, among the 16 hospitals that were evaluated for treatment of Heart Failure in Houston, there was wide variation in hospital performance as measured by risk adjusted mortality rates (from 0.0% on the low end to 4.3% on the high end). Memorial Hermann Northwest, Memorial Hermann Southeast, Memorial Hermann Southwest and Memorial Hermann The Woodlands are among the hospitals with the lowest risk-adjusted mortality rates, providing patients with a measurably better quality of care.

Also, among the 15 hospitals that were evaluated for treatment of Stroke in Houston, there was wide variation in hospital performance as measured by risk adjusted mortality rates (from 1.2% on the low end to 12.2% on the high end). Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center is among the hospitals with the lowest risk-adjusted mortality rates, also providing patients with a measurably better quality of care.

“Our patients and their families deserve to know, and indeed want to be assured, that when they enter one of our hospitals their chance of contracting a hospital-acquired infection, experiencing a medication error or another safety event is essentially zero,” said M. Michael Shabot, M.D., System Chief Medical Officer for Memorial Hermann.  “These Healthgrades ratings affirm our culture of high reliability.  The five hospitals and their clinical staffs should be applauded because they achieved this award by practicing high reliability behaviors.”

If all hospitals lowered their mortality rates to the levels demonstrated by the five Memorial Hermann hospitals, and the other 99 distinguished members of this group, 165,636 lives could have potentially been saved nationwide between 2009 and 2011.

“Hospitals earn this distinction by 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 at Healthgrades. “Consumers can expect a commitment to exceptional clinical quality care when selecting among Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals.”

This announcement comes on the heels of Memorial Hermann being named a 2012 recipient of the John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award, making it the first health system in Texas to be recognized with the prestegious award that acknowledges Memorial Hermann’s commitment to providing compassionate, operationally and financially efficient care by hardwiring high-reliability behaviors, evidence-based care and harm prevention among leadership and employees system-wide.

For more information about Healthgrades, to download a full copy of the report or to get information about hospital and physician quality, visit www.Healthgrades.com.  For access to interactive materials on this announcement, go to: http://www.nextworks.com/client/healthgrades/memorialhermannhealth_cc.html or http://www.nextworks.com/client/healthgrades/memorialhermannmemorial_cc.html

About Memorial Hermann

An integrated health system, Memorial Hermann is known for world-class clinical expertise, patient-centered care, leading edge technology, and innovation. The system, with its exceptional medical staff and more than 20,000 employees, serves to advance health in Southeast Texas and the Greater Houston community. Memorial Hermann’s 12 hospitals include three hospitals in the Texas Medical Center, including the Texas Trauma Institute – a level I trauma center which houses the Life Flight® air ambulance – a hospital for children and a rehabilitation hospital, eight suburban hospitals, and a second rehabilitation hospital in Katy. The system also operates three Heart & Vascular Institutes, the Mischer Neuroscience Institute, two Ironman Sports Medicine Institute locations, cancer centers, imaging and surgery centers, sports medicine and rehabilitation centers, outpatient laboratories, a chemical dependency treatment center, a home health agency, a retirement community and a nursing home. As an Accountable Care Organization, the system also offers employers health solutions and health benefit plans through its wholly owned MHealth, Inc and MHealth Insurance Company.

Healthgrades Hospital Quality Distinctions

Healthgrades evaluate hospital performance for nearly 4,500 hospitals across the nation in 27 procedures and conditions annually. Healthgrades.com provides information on objective measures of hospital performance, which allows consumers to compare their local hospitals online at www.healthgrades.com/find-a-hospital. Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance for nearly every hospital in the nation; no hospital can opt-in or opt-out of being evaluated, and no hospital pays to be evaluated. Mortality and complication rates are risk adjusted, which takes into account the differing severity of illness at different hospitals and allows for hospitals to be compared fairly.

About Healthgrades

Healthgrades, headquartered in Denver, Colorado, the leading online resource of comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. More than 225 million visitors use the Healthgrades websites to search, evaluate, compare and connect with physicians and hospitals that best meet their treatment needs.  Consumers are empowered through use of the Healthgrades proprietary information about clinical outcomes, satisfaction, safety, and health conditions to make more informed healthcare decisions and take action.  For more information please visit www.healthgrades.com and www.bettermedicine.com.