Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Gundersen Lutheran earns high national Healthgrades® rankings, tops state in six clinical areas
A report released today by Healthgrades named Gundersen Lutheran among the best in the nation in a number of key areas. Healthgrades ranked Gundersen Lutheran among the top 5 percent in the nation in seven specialties and among the top 10 percent in the nation in another three. Healthgrades is the leading provider of information to help consumers make informed decisions about a physician or healthcare organization.
The findings are part of American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2013: Healthgrades Report to the Nation, which evaluates the performance of about 4,500 hospitals nationwide across nearly 30 of the most common conditions and procedures.
Gundersen Lutheran received multiple Healthgrades 2013 Excellence Awards™ including those for Cardiac Care, Coronary Intervention, Orthopaedic Surgery, Joint Replacement, Pulmonary Care, General Surgery, Gastrointestinal (GI) Care and Critical Care. Of those, Healthgrades designated Gundersen Lutheran America’s 100 Best for Specialty Care 2013 in Cardiac Care, Coronary Intervention, Critical Care, Gastrointestinal Care, General Surgery and Orthopaedic Surgery. In addition, the health system received 5-star ratings, Healthgrades’ highest rating, in more than two dozen categories. Gundersen Lutheran was rated number one is Wisconsin for Overall Cardiac Services, Cardiology Services, Coronary Interventional Procedures, General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery and Gynecologic Surgery.
According to the Healthgrades study, the risk of death is 58 percent lower at the highest rated hospitals versus all other hospitals. For its 2013 hospital quality outcomes analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 40 million Medicare hospitalization records for services performed from 2009 through 2011.
“The 2013 ratings are a great example of Gundersen Lutheran staff’s dedication to providing the highest quality care for our patients. Staff keeps quality care for our patients at their top of mind, and this focused effort is reflected in Gundersen Lutheran’s continued high ranking in terms of quality when compared to healthcare organizations nationwide,” says Jeff Thompson, MD, CEO.
For more information, go to healthgrades.com. To see a complete listing of Gundersen Lutheran’s rankings, go to gundluth.org/Healthgrades.