January 31, 2011
recently named Parrish Medical Center as a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical
Excellence™ for the second year in a row. This prestigious distinction places
Parrish Medical Center among the top 5 percent of hospitals nationwide for
clinical performance. HealthGrades is the nation’s most trusted source of
healthcare provider information.
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 rated by the organization. These 268
top-performing hospitals represent only 5 percent of the nation’s hospitals and
each is designated as a HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital for Clinical
“Parrish Medical Center 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 Titusville, Fla., community is fortunate to have access to
some of the highest quality hospital care in the
Unlike other hospital quality studies, HealthGrades evaluates hospitals
solely on clinical outcomes: risk-adjusted mortality and in-hospital
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 study, HealthGrades
quantifies the impact of differences in hospital quality in terms of lives lost
and unexpected complications.
The HealthGrades study found that:
Hospitals for Clinical Excellence (top 5 percent in the nation) such as Parrish
Medical Center, outperformed all other hospitals across all 17 mortality
cohorts, and six of nine complication cohorts studied from 2007 through 2009.
Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence had a 29.82 percent lower
risk-adjusted mortality rate and a 1.91 percent lower risk-adjusted in-hospital
complication rate among Medicare beneficiaries compared to all other hospitals.
- In fact, if
all hospitals performed at this level, 158,684 Medicare lives could potentially
have been saved, and 3,511 Medicare in-hospital complications could potentially
have been avoided.