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St. Luke's Boise/Meridian is Among Top 5 Percent in Nation

– HealthGrades Quality Study Identifies Hospitals with Superior Patient Outcomes Across 26 Different Medical Procedures and Diagnoses –
By Sandra Forester, News and Community
January 24, 2012

BOISE, Idaho (January 24, 2012) – St. Luke’s Health System announced today that HealthGrades, the nation’s leading independent healthcare ratings organization, has named its Boise Meridian Medical Centers a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence™. This prestigious distinction places St. Luke’s Boise Meridian Medical Centers among the top 5 percent 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 26 medical diagnoses and procedures that the organization rates. These 263 top-performing hospitals represent only 5 percent of the nation’s hospitals and each is designated as a HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence™.

“St. Luke’s can be proud of the contributions of its physicians, nurses and staff in achieving outstanding patient care,” said Kristin Reed, MPH, HealthGrades vice president of hospital ratings and author of the study. “The Boise community is fortunate to have access to some of the highest quality hospital care in the nation.”

St. Luke’s Boise/Meridian was one of two hospitals in Idaho to receive the recognition. Saint Alphonsus Medical Center was also recognized. St. Luke’s also received the Vascular Surgery Excellence Award ™ for the fourth year in a row, the Cardiac Surgery Excellence Award™ for the third year in a row, and the Joint Replacement Excellence Award ™ for the second year in row. St. Luke’s Boise/Meridian also was recognized as the No. 1 hospital in Idaho for critical care, vascular surgery, orthopedic serves, joint replacement, and pulmonary services.

This recognition is an opportunity to celebrate our success while recognizing that it takes all of us, in all of the areas we serve, to achieve excellence,” said Dr. David C. Pate, St. Luke’s Health System president and CEO. “These evidence-based awards attest to the fact that we are delivering on our intention to be a national leader by 2015, and while I’m extremely proud of each and every St. Luke’s team member for helping us achieve this recognition, we can’t forget that it is the people we serve and the patients we treat that benefit from our efforts.”

To find out more about Dr. Pate's thoughts on awards and other issues facing St. Luke's health system visit his new blog at

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 2008, 2009 and 2010. 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:

  • Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence (Top 5 percent in the nation), such as St. Luke’s Boise Meridian, outperformed all other hospitals across all of the 17 mortality cohorts and six of nine complication cohorts studied from 2008 through 2010.
  • Specifically, Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence had a 30.07 percent lower risk-adjusted mortality rate and a 1.86 percent lower risk-adjusted in-hospital complication rate among Medicare beneficiaries compared to all other hospitals.
  • In fact, if all hospitals performed at the level of Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence, 165,704 Medicare lives could potentially have been saved and 6,800 Medicare in-hospital complications could potentially have been avoided.

St. Luke’s Boise/Meridian is 5-Star Rated for the following:

  • Five-Star Rated for Valve Surgery for 5 Years in a Row (2008-2012) 
  • Five-Star Rated for Treatment of Heart Attack in 2012 
  • Five-Star Rated for Overall Orthopedic Services for 2 Years in a Row (2011-2012) 
  • Five-Star Rated for Joint Replacement for 4 Years in a Row (2009-2012) 
  • Five-Star Rated for Spine Surgery for 2 Years in a Row (2011-2012) 
  • Five-Star Rated for Total Knee Replacement for 4 Years in a Row (2009-2012) 
  • Five-Star Rated for Total Hip Replacement for 2 Years in a Row (2011-2012) 
  • Five-Star Rated for Back and Neck Surgery (Spinal Fusion) for 2 Years in a Row (2011-2012) 
  • Five-Star Rated for Treatment of Pneumonia in 2012 • Five-Star Rated for Vascular Surgery in 2012
  • Five-Star Rated for Carotid Surgery for 8 Years in a Row (2005-2012) 
  • Five-Star Rated for Peripheral Vascular Bypass in 2012 
  • Five-Star Rated for GI Procedures and Surgeries for 4 Years in a Row (2009-2012) 
  • Five-Star Rated for Treatment of Sepsis in 2012 
  • Five-Star Rated for Treatment of Respiratory Failure in 2012

About St. Luke’s Health System Founded in Boise in 1902, St. Luke’s Health System is Idaho’s largest and only-locally controlled not-for-profit health care system with six hospitals in Boise, Meridian, Twin Falls, Ketchum, McCall and Jerome, and more than 100 outpatient centers and clinics throughout central and southwest Idaho. St. Luke’s has earned numerous national awards for excellence in patient care. St. Luke’s provides unmatched care in specialized medical fields including cancer, heart and vascular, obstetrics, women’s services and children’s health care. For more information about St. Luke’s, visit

HealthGrades Hospital Quality Distinctions As part of this study, HealthGrades evaluates each of the nation’s 5,000 nonfederal hospitals in 26 procedures and diagnoses, allowing individuals to compare their local hospitals online at HealthGrades hospital quality distinctions are independently created; no hospital can opt-in or opt-out of being evaluated, and no hospital pays to be evaluated. Mortality and complication rates are risk adjusted, which takes into account differing levels of severity of patient illness at different hospitals and allows for hospitals to be compared equally.

About HealthGrades HealthGrades, headquartered in Denver, Colorado, is a leading provider of comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. More than 200 million consumers use the HealthGrades websites, including and, to research, select, and connect with a physician or hospital, and use its comprehensive information about clinical outcomes, patient satisfaction, patient safety, and health conditions to make more informed healthcare decisions and take action. Find more information about our products and services at Follow us on Twitter (@HealthGrades) and Facebook for news and updates. More information on how HealthGrades guides Americans to their best health can be found at

About The Author

Sandra Forester works in the Communications and Marketing department at St. Luke's.

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