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Local Hospitals Rated by HealthGrades – St. Joseph’s Achieves Top Scores


Syracuse, NY (November 27, 2017) – The 2018 Healthgrades “Report to the Nation” and hospital rankings are now available. Healthgrades is the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.  Every year, Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance at nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 34 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions.* The new report demonstrates how clinical performance continues to differ dramatically between hospitals regionally and nationally.  

St. Joseph’s Health Hospital received the Quality Award for Cardiac Surgery Excellence, and multiple 5-Star ratings, including: Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery, Cardiac Valve Surgery, Spinal Fusion, and Total Knee Replacement. 

St. Joseph’s has been a recipient of the Healthgrades Cardiac Surgery Excellence Award for five years in a row (2014-2018) and named among the top 10% in the nation for Cardiac Surgery for five years in a row (2014-2018). St. Joseph’s has also been a Five-Star Recipient for Valve Surgery for seven years in a row (2012-2018), and a Five Star Recipient for Total Knee Replacement for 12 years in a row (2007-2018).  

From 2014-2016, patients treated at hospitals receiving the Cardiac Surgery Specialty Excellence Award have, on average 51.5% lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the award.  And patients treated at hospitals which did not receive the Cardiac Surgery Specialty Excellence Award have, on average 2.06 times more likely to die than if they were treated at hospitals that did receive the award.**  

“Consumers place high value on information about hospital quality and use it to evaluate their choices for care,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades. “Hospitals that have achieved recognition for their quality outcomes prove their commitment to their patients and their community at large.”  

Healthgrades evaluated approximately 45 million Medicare inpatient records for nearly 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide to assess hospital performance in 32 common conditions and procedures, and evaluate outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 17 states. The complete Healthgrades 2018 Report to the Nation and detailed study methodology can be found at www.healthgrades.com/quality.  

*For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 45 million Medicare inpatient records for nearly 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide to assess hospital performance in 32 common conditions and procedures, and evaluate outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 17 states. 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 5-star (statistically significantly better than expected), 3-star (not statistically different from expected) and 1-star (statistically significantly worse than expected) categories. The complete Healthgrades 2018 Report to the Nation and detailed study methodology, can be found at www.healthgrades.com/quality

**Statistics are based on Healthgrades analysis of MedPAR data for years 2014 through 2016 and represent 3-year estimates for Medicare patients only. 

About St. Joseph’s Health

St. Joseph’s Health is a non-profit regional health care system based in Syracuse, N.Y., providing services to patients throughout Central New York and northern Pennsylvania. From primary to specialty to home care, to our Magnet-recognized hospital, and in collaboration with our community partners, St. Joseph's Health is advancing the health of the communities we serve through an expanding range of healthcare services to ensure our patients achieve optimum long-term health. Ranked by Consumer Reports among the top 15 heart surgery centers in the country, U.S. News “Best Regional Hospital” and a 15-time winner of the National Research Corporation Consumer Choice award, St. Joseph’s is widely recognized for quality, value and delivering the highest patient satisfaction. St. Joseph’s Health is affiliated with Franciscan Companies and St. Joseph’s Physicians and is a member of Trinity Health

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