NOT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE.
EMBARGOED FOR, January 26, 2011
Contact: Sunnye Owens-Garrett
Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital announced today that HealthGrades, the nation´s most trusted source of health care provider information, has once again named it a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence™. This prestigious distinction places Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital among the Top 5% of hospitals nationwide for clinical performance.
HealthGrades Hospital Quality and Clinical Excellence study, released today, objectively identifies those hospitals with the best overall clinical performance across all 26 medical diagnoses and procedures that the organization rates. These 268 top–performing hospitals represent only 5% of the nation´s hospitals and each is designated as a HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence™.
"Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital can be proud of the contributions of its physicians, nurses and staff in achieving outstanding patient care," said Dr. Rick May, HealthGrades vice president of clinical quality services and co-author of the study. "The Houston and Baytown communities are fortunate to have access to some of the highest quality hospital care in the nation."
In addition to the Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence Award™, Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital has also received the following recognitions from HealthGrades:
Below are the Five-Star rated procedures and diagnoses for Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital; to earn a five-star rating the clinical outcomes are better than expected:
"The entire health care team at Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital has earned this distinction once again. This is the fourth consecutive year for the hospital to receive the Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence Award from HealthGrades and we are very proud. The award represents our commitment to providing the highest quality care to our patients and our community," said Donna Gares, CEO and President of Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital.
Unlike other hospital quality studies, HealthGrades evaluates hospitals solely on clinical outcomes: risk-adjusted mortality and inhospital complications. HealthGrades´ analysis is based on approximately 40 million Medicare discharges for the years 2007, 2008 and 2009. Using these top-performing hospitals as a benchmark in this year´s HealthGrades study, HealthGrades quantifies the impact of differences in hospital quality in terms of lives lost and unexpected complications.
The HealthGrades study found that:
Since Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital opened its doors in April, 1948, it has provided the community with quality medical care. Through the years, the hospital has grown with the community, enhancing and expanding services every step of the way. Today, Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital offers comprehensive care for patients at every stage of life.
For more information about Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital and its healthcare services call 832-556-6543.