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Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center Top 10% in Nation for Cardiac Care and Cardiac Surgery

HealthGrades study finds patient outcomes at Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center among nation's best

Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center’s cardiac care and cardiac surgery have ranked in the nation’s top 10% in The Tenth Annual HealthGrades Hospital Quality in America Study issued recently.

As a result of this study, Memorial Regional Medical Center has been awarded the HealthGrades Cardiac Care Excellence Award and the HealthGrades Cardiac Surgery Excellence Award for 2008. The study is the largest of its kind and analyzed patient outcomes at the majority of the nation’s hospitals during the years 2004, 2005 and 2006.

“Our goal has always been to provide the best possible cardiac care for our patients,” said cardiologist Brian Kaminsky, MD. “The HealthGrades honor is evidence of our commitment to a healthier community.”

The Tenth Annual HealthGrades Hospital Quality in America Study identifies key trends in the quality of care provided by approximately 5,000 hospitals nationwide. HealthGrades researchers analyzed Medicare discharges from every U.S. hospital between 2004 and 2006.

Risk-adjusted mortality and complication rates were calculated and hospitals were assigned a 1-star (poor), 3-star (as expected) or 5-star (best) quality rating for 28 diagnosis and procedures from heart failure to hip replacement to pneumonia.

The study found that Memorial Regional Medical Center is:

  • Five-star rated for Cardiac Surgery 2008
  • Five-star rated for Coronary Bypass Surgery 2004-2008
  • Five-star rated for Valve Replacement Surgery 2007-2008
  • Five-star rated for Heart Attack 2007-2008
  • Five-star rated for Heart Failure 2007-2008

Michael Robinson, executive vice president and administrator of Bon Secours’ Memorial Regional Medical Center and Richmond Community Hospital, said, “This is an extremely distinguished honor for Memorial Regional and we are proud to have our cardiac care so highly recognized.

“We have worked diligently in recent years to propel our cardiac care and surgery to the highest level, and we are pleased that our hospital is considered one of the nation’s elite in terms of quality and efficiency.”

Based on the study, HealthGrades made its 2008 quality ratings for the country’s hospitals available at www.healthgrades.com, a Web site designed to help people research and compare local healthcare providers.

“Our research shows that while the overall quality of hospital care in America is improving, the gap between the best-performing hospitals and the worst persists,” said Samantha Collier, M.D., HealthGrades’ chief medical officer and author of the study. “This persistent gap makes it imperative to anyone planning to be admitted to the hospital do their homework and seek out highly rated facilities.”

Among the study's key findings:
  • • Across all procedures and conditions studied, there was an approximate 71 percent lower chance of dying in a 5-star rated hospital compared to a 1-star rated hospital.
  • • Across all procedures and conditions studied, there was an approximate 52 percent lower chance of dying in a 5-star rated hospital compared to the U.S. hospital average.

Robinson said, “At Memorial Regional, and all of the other Bon Secours hospitals, we are dedicated and determined to provide the best possible care available to patients in our communities.”

Memorial Regional Medical Center is part of the Bon Secours Richmond Health System. Other area Bon Secours hospitals include St. Mary’s Hospital, Richmond Community Hospital and St. Francis Medical Center.

 
 

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