Study gives Holzer 5 stars for respiratory treatment


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GALLIPOLIS — Holzer Medical Center officials said Thursday that it has received five stars for the quality of its Respiratory Failure care from Healthgrades, a leading online resource that assists consumers to make informed decisions in locating the right doctor, hospital and care.

This achievement is part of new findings and data released today on Healthgrades.com and in the Healthgrades 2016 Report to the Nation. Every year, Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance at nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 33 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions.

Officials said the new report demonstrates how clinical performance continues to differ dramatically between hospitals both nationally and regionally. This variation in care has a significant impact on health outcomes.

For example, from 2012 through 2014, if all hospitals as a group performed similarly to hospitals receiving five stars as a group, on average 222,392 lives could potentially have been saved and 166,086 complications could potentially have been avoided. A five-star rating indicates that Holzer Medical Center’s clinical outcomes are statistically significantly better than expected when treating the condition or performing the procedure being evaluated.

From 2012-2014, patients treated for respiratory failure in hospitals with five stars for 30-day mortality have, on average, a 41.7 percent lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals with one-star for 30-day mortality. Moreover, patients treated for respiratory failure in hospitals with one-star for 30-day mortality are, on average, 1.7 times more likely to die than if they were treated in hospitals with five stars for 30-day mortality.

“The Healthgrades 2016 Report to the Nation reveals striking disparities in quality at the local level, and underscores why it is vital for consumers to understand outcomes performance at alternative hospitals for specific conditions and procedures,” said Evan Marks, chief strategy officer for Healthgrades. “Hospitals with superior outcomes for certain aspects of care may not perform as well in other areas.

“Moreover, a major metropolitan area may have many hospitals, but only a few may provide better-than-expected outcomes for the specific care a patient needs. Those hospitals that have achieved the Healthgrades distinction have demonstrated a commitment to exceptional quality care.”

For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 40 million Medicare inpatient records for nearly 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide, and assessed hospital performance relative to each of 33 common conditions and procedures. Healthgrades recognizes a hospital’s quality achievements for cohort-specific performance, specialty area performance, and overall clinical quality.

Individual procedure or condition cohorts are designated as five-star (statistically significantly better than expected), three-star (not statistically different from expected), and one-star (statistically significantly worse than expected) categories. The complete Healthgrades 2016 Report to the Nation with detailed cohort-specific outcomes data, hospital-specific quality achievements, and detailed study methodology, can be found at www.healthgrades.com/quality.

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Statistics are based on Healthgrades analysis of MedPAR data for years 2012 through 2014 and represent 3-year estimates for Medicare patients only.

Statistics are based on Healthgrades analysis of MedPAR data for years 2012 through 2014 and represent 3-year estimates for Medicare patients only.

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