October 15, 2009, (WYNNEWOOD, Pa.)-Lankenau Hospital today announced that it has received a 5-Star rating for the quality of its cardiac, pulmonary, gastrointestinal and general surgery care from HealthGrades, the leading independent healthcare ratings organization. The recognition is based on HealthGrades' twelfth annual Hospital Quality in America study, released today, which analyzes patient outcomes at virtually all of the nation's hospitals.
"Receiving Healthgrades' five star rating truly reflects the extraordinary dedication to quality shared by the physicians, nurses, and staff at Lankenau Hospital," says Elaine Thompson, PhD, president of Lankenau Hospital. "Through teamwork and a steadfast commitment to excellence, we are able to provide a superior patient experience to all who walk through our doors."
2010 Clinical Achievements include:
- Recipient of the HealthGrades Cardiac Care Excellence AwardTM
- Recipient of the HealthGrades Cardiac Surgery Excellence Award
- Ranked Among the Top 5% in the Nation for Overall Cardiac Services
- Ranked Among the Top 5% in the Nation for Cardiac Surgery
- Ranked Among the Top 5 (#4) in PA for Overall Cardiac Services
- Ranked Among the Top 5 (#4)in PA for Cardiac Surgery
- Ranked Among the Top 10 (#8) in PA for Cardiology Services
- Five-Star Rated for Overall Cardiac Services
- Five-Star Rated for Cardiac Surgery
- Five-Star Rated for Cardiology Services
- Five-Star Rated for Coronary Bypass Surgery
- Five-Star Rated for Treatment of Heart Attack
- Five-Star Rated for Treatment of Heart Failure
- Recipient of the HealthGrades Pulmonary Care Excellence AwardTM
- Ranked Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Overall Pulmonary Services
- Five-Star Rated for Overall Pulmonary Services
- Five-Star Rated for Treatment of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
- Five-Star Rated for Treatment of Pneumonia
- Five-Star Rated for Prostatectomy
- Recipient of the HealthGrades Gastrointestinal Care Excellence AwardTM
- Ranked Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Overall GI Services
- Ranked Among the Top 5 (#5) in PA for GI Services
- Five-Star Rated for Treatment of GI Bleed
- Five-Star Rated for Cholecystectomy
- Recipient of the HealthGrades General Surgery Excellence AwardTM
- Ranked Among the Top 5% in the Nation for General Surgery
- Ranked Among the Top 5 (#4) in PA for General Surgery
- Five-Star Rated for General Surgery
- Five-Star Rated for Appendectomy
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 2006, 2007 and 2008. 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 52% 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, 224,537 Medicare lives could potentially have been saved from 2006 through 2008.
The new 2010 HealthGrades hospital ratings were posted today at www.healthgrades.com, HealthGrades' public Web site.
Lankenau Hospital has taken a proactive approach to achieve such high quality care-through process improvement initiatives, multi-disciplinary care teams, and advanced technology, the hospital has received recognition as among the best in the nation.
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 28 procedures and 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 apples-to-apples comparisons.
More information on today's HealthGrades study, including the complete methodology, can be found at www.healthgrades.com.
About Lankenau Hospital
Lankenau Hospital, a member of Main Line Health, in suburban Philadelphia is one of the nation's leading heart centers. The 353-bed teaching hospital is located on a campus that also includes the Lankenau Institute of Medical Research, a freestanding biomedical research institute that specializes in cardiac and cancer research. Lankenau Hospital's nurses are MAGNET®-certified, and the hospital has consistently been recognized as a Top 100 Cardiovascular Hospital by Thomson Reuters. Additionally, Lankenau has been named as a HealthGrades America's 50 Best HospitalTM for 2009, placing it in the top one percent of all hospitals in the nation for quality outcomes.
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