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Monday, 07 January 2008 
 
 
 

HealthGrades® study finds patient outcomes at Hilton Head Hospital among South Carolina’s best for cardiac and gastrointestinal services  

According to the Tenth Annual HealthGrades Hospital Quality in America Study issued today, Hilton Head Hospital ranks among the top 10 in South Carolina for overall cardiac services and GI services. The study, analyzed patient outcomes at virtually all of the nation's 5,000 hospitals over the years 2004, 2005 and 2006.  

The study also found that Hilton Head Hospital is:  

·         Ranked Among the Top 10 (#6) in SC for Overall Cardiac Services          
·         Ranked Among the Top 10 (#8) in SC for Cardiac Surgery
·         Ranked Among the Top 5 (#5) in SC for Cardiology Services
·         Ranked Among the Top 10 (#10) in SC for Coronary Interventional Procedures   
·         Five-Star Rated for Treatment of Heart Attack
·         Five-Star Rated for Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation  

·         Ranked Best (#1) in SC for GI Services
·         Ranked Among the Top 10 (#6) in SC for GI Surgery
·         Ranked Among the Top 5 (#5) in SC for GI Medical Treatment
·         Five-Star Rated for GI Procedures and Surgeries
·         Five-Star Rated for Treatment of GI Bleed  

“I am extremely pleased with the quality cardiac care that we provide at Hilton Head Hospital,” said Elizabeth Lamkin, the hospital’s chief executive officer. “Moreover, the number one ranking for all hospitals in South Carolina for GI Services is outstanding.  My congratulations to all of the physicians, nurses and other staff who have made it possible to achieve these high marks. And, I can assure you we are pursuing the same standard of excellence in all the other areas of care which we provide.  

HealthGrades ® points out that patients admitted to the nation’s top-performing hospitals, (five-star hospitals like Hilton Head Hospital) have, on average, a 71 percent lower chance of dying than those treated at one-star hospitals across 18 procedures and conditions analyzed, according to the study.

HealthGrades is a leading online provider of information about quality on physicians and other health care services.  

“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 Dr. Samantha Collier, HealthGrades’ chief medical officer and author of the study. “This persistent gap makes it imperative that anyone planning to be admitted to a hospital do their homework and seek out highly rated facilities.”  

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 virtually 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 diagnoses and procedures from heart failure to hip replacement to pneumonia.  

Among the study’s key findings:
• Gaps persist between the “best” and the “worst” hospitals across all procedures and conditions studied. Five-star rated hospitals, such as Hilton Head Hospital had statistically significantly lower risk-adjusted mortality across all three years studied.
• 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.  

The 2008 HealthGrades ratings for all hospitals nationwide are available, free of charge, on the organization’s award-winning consumer Web site, located at www.healthgrades.com.  More than three million individuals and employees of some of the nation’s largest employers and health plans visit HealthGrades each month to access quality information about hospitals, nursing homes and physicians. HealthGrades also provides consumers and payers with detailed assessments of hospitals’ patient-safety outcomes, based on indicators developed by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.