Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital announced that its superior clinical quality has placed it among an elite group of U.S. hospitals: HealthGrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals. To be recognized with this distinction, hospitals must have had risk-adjusted mortality and complication rates that were in the top 5 percent in the nation for the most consecutive years. Houston Methodist San Jacinto has ranked among the top 5 percent in the nation for overall clinical excellence for the past 5 consecutive years (2008-2012), and is one of only five hospitals in Texas named by HealthGrades as among America’s 100 Best.
“The additional 100 Best Hospitals award is just another great tribute to the work that is performed in our organization on a daily basis. Everyone in our organization – medical staff, employees and volunteers – plays a part in our success,” said Donna Gares, President and CEO of Houston Methodist San Jacinto.
HealthGrades found that if all U.S. hospitals had performed at the level of Houston Methodist San Jacinto, more than a half million Medicare deaths could have been prevented between 2000 and 2010. This finding was based on an analysis of more than 150 million Medicare patient records.
“As our nation seeks to elevate the quality of care at all hospitals, these elite facilities provide a roadmap for success,” said Dr. Arshad Rahim, HealthGrades Director of Accelerated Clinical Excellence. “Consumers increasingly are demanding greater transparency and quality when selecting healthcare providers. These hospitals are delivering. We commend them for their dedication to excellence in patient care.”
HealthGrades compared the performance of America’s 100 Best Hospitals like San Jacinto to all others and found that collectively, during 2008 through 2010, these top hospitals had nearly a 30% lower risk-adjusted mortality across 17 procedures and diagnoses.
From 2008 through 2010, if all hospitals performed at the level of America’s Best Hospitals, 179,593 Medicare deaths may have been prevented. Complete procedure-by-procedure comparisons of the HealthGrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals and all others can be found at HealthGrades.com. A comprehensive methodology for this award and all HealthGrades hospital ratings and rankings is also available online.