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Bon Secours Memorial Regional Ranks Among Top 5% Nationally for Quality

Hospital recognized for outstanding clinical performance by HealthGrades

Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center announced today that it is among the nation’s top five percent of hospitals, according to an independent study of mortality and complication rates for nearly 5,000 hospitals released today by HealthGrades, the nation’s leading healthcare ratings company.

Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center has achieved HealthGrades’ 2009 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical ExcellenceTM based on its clinical quality performance. This is the sixth time over the last seven years in which Bon Secours Memorial Regional has been recognized as ranking among the top 5% in the nation for clinical excellence.

According to the HealthGrades study, patients admitted to a hospital receiving this award are, on average, 27 percent less likely to die and 8 percent less likely to suffer from a major complication. This year, only 270 of the nation’s nearly 5,000 non-federal hospitals will receive this distinction.

The HealthGrades study also found that Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence are improving their patient outcomes at a greater rate in more procedures and diagnoses than all other hospitals, lowering risk-adjusted mortality rates over the years 2005, 2006 and 2007 by an average of 18 percent.

“Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center has a skillful and dedicated team of clinicians and employees,” said Michael Robinson, executive vice president of Memorial Regional and Richmond Community Hospital. “It is because of their hard work and commitment that our patients and their families receive quality healthcare; we are very proud to be recognized among the best in the nation.”

“The hospitals that have been designated as Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence™ have, across the board, been leaders in their commitment to delivering the highest quality patient care. Consumers can choose where they receive their healthcare and our study again highlights the tremendous disparity in quality between hospitals,” said Rick May, MD, HealthGrades senior physician consultant.

In addition to this overvall clinical recognition, Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center has received the following rating from HealthGrades:

  • Ranked Top 5% in the Nation for Overall Pulmonary Services
  • Ranked Among the Top 5% in the Nation for Overall GI Services
  • Ranked Among the Top 5% in the Nation for Overall GI Medical Treatment
  • Ranked Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Overall Critical Care
  • Ranked Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Treatment of Stroke

This is the seventh year that HealthGrades has independently analyzed the clinical quality performance of all non-federal hospitals across the country in 26 procedures and diagnoses. In the Distinguished Hospital Study, the company reviewed nearly 41 million hospitalization records from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, over the years 2005, 2006 and 2007.
All hospitals that participate in the Medicare program were part of the independent study. Hospitals that receive the HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence ™ are those hospitals that rank in the top five percent when all 26 individual scores are aggregated into an overall score.

Bon Secours Richmond Health System is made up four hospitals, St. Mary’s, Memorial Regional, Richmond Community and St. Francis Medical Center as well as Bon Secours Physicians, composed of more than 38 physician practice groups, assisted living, Home Health and Hospice.

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