St. Luke’s Receives Distinguished Hospital Award

February 1, 2010

For the fourth year in a row, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital has won a national award for high-quality clinical performance because it had low mortality rates and low numbers of in-hospital complications.

The hospital in the Texas Medical Center received the Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence Award by HealthGrades, an independent health care ratings organization. The award is given to hospitals ranked in the top 5 percent in the nation for patient outcomes.

St. Luke’s had lower rates of deaths and in-hospital complications compared to hospitals nationwide. The Houston hospital also improved its mortality rate year-to-year more than other hospitals improved their rates.

“We are honored to be recognized as one of the nation’s top hospitals by providing quality care to our patients,” says St. Luke’s CEO Margaret Van Bree in a statement.

This is the eighth year that HealthGrades has independently analyzed 26 factors to judge the performance of non-federal hospitals across the country. In the study, the company reviewed approximately 40 million hospitalization records from 2006 to 2008 from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Hospitals that receive the HealthGrades award are those hospitals with overall scores that rank in the top 5 percent.

“Our data shows that only a select few hospitals achieve high-quality patient outcomes not just in a few categories of care, but across the board and over time,” said HealthGrades Vice President Rick May in the statement. “Patients in communities with a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence should feel proud of the hospital’s accomplishments, and confident that the level of care there is among the very best in the nation.”

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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