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National Study Recognizes Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital

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National Study Recognizes Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital for Exceptional Quality

Leading Health Care Ratings Company Ranks Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital Among Top Five Percent Nationally


From left to right: John Noel, Board Member; Wayne Baldwin, Board Member; Becky Clayton, Board Member; Ralph Kunz, Board Member; Donna Gares, Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital CEO; Pete Alfaro, Board Member; Mary Hartman Brown, Board Member; and Lawrence Reilly, Chairman, Board of Trustees.

Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital is one of only 270 hospitals to receive HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence Award™. This distinction is based on an independent study released today by HealthGrades, the leading health care ratings company.

The study of quality at the nation’s nearly 5,000 nonfederal hospitals places Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital in the top five percent for overall clinical quality. According to the HealthGrades study, Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence had mortality rates that were, on average, 27 percent lower than other hospitals, and major complication rates that were eight percent lower.

For seven years now, HealthGrades has conducted the most comprehensive studies of hospital quality in America, producing ratings for every non-federal hospital. Hospitals that receive the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence are those hospitals that excel across the 26 procedures and diagnoses rated.

“The entire staff at Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital is to be commended for this achievement. This is the second consecutive year that we have received the Distinguished Hospital award. This recognition demonstrates our commitment to providing the highest quality health care to our patients and the community,” said Donna Gares, CEO of Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital.

The study also shows that Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence™ are improving 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.

“Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence comprise an unparalleled group of hospitals that excel across the board, not just in one or two specialties, and they should be commended for their relentless commitment to exceptional patient care. Patients should expect and demand the same level of care at all hospitals,” said Rick May, MD, HealthGrades senior physician consultant, and an author of the study.

For its study, HealthGrades analyzed almost 41 million Medicare hospitalization records that cover the latest three-year period, from 2005 to 2007. Because the hospitalization records come from the federal government, no hospital can opt in or out of HealthGrades' rating process. The analysis is risk-adjusted to account for differences in patient populations between hospitals. HealthGrades found that Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence™ outperformed all other hospitals across the procedures and diagnoses studied. HealthGrades estimates that 152,666 lives could have been saved and 11,772 complications could have been avoided over the three years studied if all Medicare patients were treated at Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence.

In addition to the Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence Award™, Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital has also received the following recognitions from HealthGrades:

  • Ranked #1 in Texas for Critical Care
  • Recipient of Critical Care Specialty Excellence Award
  • Recipient of the Stroke Specialty Excellence Award
  • Recipient of the Pulmonary Care Excellence Award
  • Top Five Percent in the Nation for GI Medical Treatment
  • Top Five Percent in the Nation for Pulmonary Services
  • Top 10 Percent in the Nation for Stroke Care
  • Ranked #7 in TX for GI Medical Treatment
  • Five Star Rated for Critical Care
  • Five Star Rated for the Treatment of Sepsis
  • Five Star Rated for Pulmonary Embolism
  • Five Star Rated for Respiratory Failure
  • Five Star Rated for Diabetic Acidosis and Coma
  • Five Star Rated for Cardiology Services
  • Five Star Rated for Heart Attack
  • Five Star Rated for Heart Failure
  • Five Star Rated for Spine Surgery
  • Five Star Rated for Back and Neck
  • Five Star Rated for Stroke
  • Five Star Rated for COPD
  • Five Star Rated for Pneumonia
  • Five Star Rated for GI Bleeding
  • Five Star Rated for Bowel Obstruction

For more information about Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital and its health care services, call 281-420-8459.