HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence™

HealthGrades 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.

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 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 Excellence™.  

“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 nation.”  

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:  
  • Distinguished 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. 
  • Specifically, 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.
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