Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Gundersen Lutheran among Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals
Study ranks hospital in top 5 percent in the nation
Gundersen Lutheran’s commitment to providing high-quality care for patients has earned the organization a place among America’s 100 Best Hospitals according to Healthgrades. This award represents six years of advanced and continuous quality excellence and patient care for Gundersen Lutheran.
“We are pleased that Gundersen Lutheran has been named one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals, but we are more proud of what this distinction means. Patients can feel confident that they will receive the highest quality care when they visit Gundersen Lutheran,” says Marilu Bintz, MD, MBA, medical vice president, Gundersen Lutheran.
Healthgrades evaluated nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide based on objective measures of clinical performance. In order to be recognized among Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals, hospitals must have had risk-adjusted mortality and complication rates that were among the lowest 5 percent in the nation for a minimum of four years.
The recently released American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2013: Healthgrades Report to the Nation shows outcomes can vary significantly not only across the nation, but within a particular region. For example, when evaluating treatment of sepsis in the La Crosse-Eau Claire region, there was wide variation in performance as measured by risk-adjusted mortality rates among the six hospitals evaluated. This ranged from 6.9 percent on the low end to 26.4 percent on the high end. Gundersen Lutheran is among the hospitals in the region with the lowest risk-adjusted mortality rates, providing patients with measurably better quality of care.
“Gundersen Lutheran works to improve quality at every level of patient care. It is because of the hard work of our clinicians and staff that our patients receive care that is consistently among the best in the nation and our region,” Dr. Bintz says.
According to Healthgrades, if all hospitals lowered their mortality rates to the level of Gundersen Lutheran and the other 99 members of this group, 165,636 lives could have potentially been saved nationwide between 2009 and 2011.
Healthgrades is the leading online resource that helps consumers search, evaluate, compare and connect with physicians and hospitals. For more information about Healthgrades, to download a full copy of the report or to get information about hospital and physician quality, go to www.healthgrades.com. For a listing of Gundersen Lutheran’s Healthgrades’ designations and interactive materials on this designation, go to www.gundluth.org/healthgrades.