Hilton Head Hospital Ranked Top 5% in Nation 

Hilton Head Hospital announced that it has received the 2009 clinical excellence award for gastrointestinal surgery from HealthGrades, a healthcare ratings company.  This award places Hilton Head Hospital’s clinical outcomes in the top five percent nationally for gastrointestinal surgery.


Additional 2009 HealthGrades clinical achievements include:

  •       Only Hospital in Charleston Area* to receivd the 2009 HealthGrades Gastrointestinal Surgery Excellence Award™
  •     Ranked Among the Top 5 (#2) in SC  for GI Services
  •         Ranked Among the Top 5 (#2) in SC  for GI Surgery 
  •         Ranked Among the Top 10 (#7) in SC  for GI Medical Treatment 
  •         Best in Charleston Area* for Overall GI Services 
  •         Best in Charleston Area* for GI Surgery 
  •        Five-Star Rated for GI Surgery 
  •        Five-Star Rated for GI Procedures and Surgeries  
  •        Five-Star Rated for Treatment of GI Bleed  
  •         Ranked Among the Top 10 (#8) in SC for Cardiac Surgery 
  •         Ranked Among the Top 5 (#4) in SC for Coronary Interventional Procedures
  •         Five-Star Rated for Treatment of Heart Attack 

*Areas as defined on www.healthgrades.com

“Hilton Head Hospital is dedicated to making the gastrointestinal and cardiac services in our hospital among the best in the country,” said Elizabeth Lamkin, the hospital’s chief executive officer. “Being the only hospital in the Charleston Area* to receive the 2009 HealthGrades Gastrointestinal Surgery Excellence Award™ and being ranked in the top five percent nationally for gastrointestinal surgery 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.”

These findings were included in the eleventh annual HealthGrades Hospital Quality in America Study, which is the most comprehensive study of its kind, analyzing more than 41 million Medicare hospitalization records from 2005 to 2007 at the nation’s approximately 5,000 non-federal hospitals.  According to the study, if all hospitals performed at the level of five-star rated hospitals, 237,420 Medicare deaths could potentially have been prevented over the three years studied. More than half of those preventable deaths were associated with four conditions: sepsis, pneumonia, heart failure and respiratory failure.

While overall death rates declined from 2005 to 2007, the nation’s best-performing hospitals were able to reduce preventable deaths at a much faster rate than poor-performing hospitals, resulting in large state, regional and hospital-to-hospital variations in the quality of patient care, the study found.

Based on the study, HealthGrades today made available its 2009 quality ratings for virtually every hospital in the country at www.healthgrades.com, a Web site designed to help individuals research and compare local healthcare providers.

On its Web site, HealthGrades offers, free to consumers, quality ratings of 27 procedures and treatments for virtually every hospital in the country. The Web site is designed so that consumers can easily compare patient outcomes at their local hospitals for procedures ranging from aortic aneurysm repair to bypass surgery. Each hospital receives a star rating based on its patient outcomes in terms of mortality or complication rates for each procedure or treatment. Hospitals with outcomes that are above average to a statistically significant degree receive a five-star rating. Hospitals with average outcomes receive a three-star rating, and hospitals with outcomes that are below average receive a one-star rating. Because no two hospitals or their patients’ risk profiles are alike, HealthGrades employs extensive risk-adjustment algorithms to ensure that it is making analogous comparisons.

About Hilton Head Hospital

Hilton Head Hospital, is a 93-bed acute care hospital located at 25 Hospital Center Boulevard in Hilton Head Island, S.C.  The hospital has been serving the medical and health care needs of the Hilton Head Island and Bluffton communities for more than thirty years.  The hospital provides a number of services, including specialties in cardiac care including open heart surgery, cancer care, orthopedics, obstetrics, surgical services and physical rehabilitation.  Hilton Head Hospital is affiliated with The Medical University of South Carolina’s Hollings Cancer Center for cancer research and treatment.

Hilton Head Hospital is accredited by The Joint Commission, the nation’s oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency.  To learn more about Hilton Head Hospital, visit www.hiltonheadregional.com.