Tuesday, October 13, 2009
A study issued today by HealthGrades, the leading independent healthcare ratings organization, ranked Via Christi Regional Medical Center among the top 5% in the nation. In addition, the study found that Via Christi leads all other Kansas hospitals for stroke, pulmonary and critical care, and for a second year in a row, ranked Via Christi No. 1 in Wichita for cardiac care.
This marks the fifth year in a row that Via Christi Regional Medical Center has received HealthGrades Stroke Care Excellence Award™, the third for Pulmonary and second for Critical Care.
In this year's study, Via Christi also received five-star ratings for multiple diagnoses and procedures, including coronary bypass surgery, heart attack and heart failure; chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and pneumonia; sepsis and respiratory failure; gastrointestinal bleed and bowel obstruction.
“This honor belongs to the dedicated physicians and staff who serve at Via Christi,” said Michalene Maringer, president and chief executive officer for the Via Christi Wichita Health Network. "I am pleased to receive on their behalf this recognition of their commitment to providing the best possible care to every patient every day."
The HealthGrades 12th annual Hospital Quality in America study, the largest annual report of its kind, analyzed patient outcomes from nearly 40 million Medicare hospitalization records. All the nation’s nearly 5,000 nonfederal hospitals were included in the sweeping study, which examined mortality rates and complication rates from government data from 2006, 2007 and 2008.
Top-performing hospitals like Via Christi had dramatically lower mortality rates than other hospitals, according to the study. For the 17 procedures and diagnoses for which HealthGrades analyzed mortality rates, patients at top hospitals had a 72 percent lower chance of dying when compared with the lowest-performing hospitals, and a 52 percent lower chance of dying when compared to the U.S. national average.
HealthGrades rates hospitals independently based on data that hospitals submit to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. No hospital can opt in or out of being rated, and no hospital pays to be rated.
For 28 procedures and treatments, HealthGrades issues star ratings that reflect the mortality and complication rates for each category of care. Hospitals receiving a five-star rating have mortality or complication rates that are below the national average to a statistically significant degree. A three-star rating means the hospital performs as expected. One-star ratings indicate the hospital’s mortality or complication rates in that procedure or treatment are statistically higher than average. Because the risk profiles of patient populations at hospitals are not alike, HealthGrades risk-adjusts the data to allow for apples-to-apples comparisons.