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St. Luke's Named a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence

By Ken Dey, News and Community
January 15, 2013

Healthgrades Hospital Quality Report Finds St. Luke’s Boise and Meridian Medical Centers Among the Top 5 Percent of Hospitals in Nation for 2013 

Boise, ID (January 15, 2013) – St. Luke’s Boise Medical Center and St. Luke’s Meridian Medical Center announced today that they have been named among the top 5 percent of nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for clinical performance as measured by Healthgrades, a leading provider of comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. By achieving this high level of performance, St. Luke’s Boise and Meridian Medical Centers have received Healthgrades’ prestigious Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence.

The 262 hospitals named this year achieved their status by providing overall clinical excellence across a broad range of clinical procedures and conditions measured by Healthgrades for both risk-adjusted mortality and complication rates during and after a hospital stay. Nationally, if all hospitals performed at this level from 2009 through 2011 a total of 164,414 deaths could have potentially been prevented.

“Being recognized for our clinical excellence is a testament to the efforts of our physicians and staff to improve the quality of care across all departments,” said Chris Roth, St. Luke’s Treasure Valley CEO. “While the recognition validates the efforts where we have successfully improved the quality of care, we know there is always more to do. We remain focused on driving even greater quality improvements to accomplish our goal of providing better care at a lower cost while improving the overall health of those in the communities we serve.

To be considered for Healthgrades’ Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence, a hospital had to have been evaluated in a minimum of 19 of the 27 procedures and condition cohorts measured, consisting of Medicare inpatient records data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) database.

The previously released American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2013: Healthgrades Report to the Nation highlighted that significant variation in outcomes could exist within a region when looking at risk adjusted mortality and complication rates.

For example, in the Boise, Idaho region, out of the 7 hospitals evaluated for treatment of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), there was a wide variation in hospital performance as measured by risk adjusted mortality rates (from 0.3% on the low end to 15.6% on the high end). St. Luke’s Boise Medical Center is among the hospitals with the lowest risk-adjusted mortality rates providing patients in the Boise, Idaho region with some of the best possible quality care.

“Our analysis, unlike other hospital quality ratings or grades, is based solely on clinical outcomes data. We do not include any opinion surveys of doctors or patients, or any other subjective measures because they can lack in objectivity,” said Evan Marks, EVP Informatics and Strategy. “Healthgrades is also the only site that provides the ability to link the selection of a doctor to the hospital where they practice, giving the consumer the power to differentiate the likelihood of a better health outcome on the basis of the hospitals objective quality measures, such as mortality, complications, safety and patient satisfaction ”

Under the guidance of Dr. Bart Hill, St. Luke’s Health System Chief Quality Officer, and his team, St. Luke’s has made quality the primary focus of all its efforts. St. Luke’s is driving best practices across its systems of six hospitals to ensure quality care at all locations. Recently St. Luke’s Boise and Meridian Medical Centers dramatically reduced the number of sepsis infections through a quality improvement program. St. Luke’s has also launched a more than $100 million effort to implement one electronic medical record system, that will help better coordinate and manage care across the health system.

For more information about Healthgrades, to download a full copy of the report or to get information about hospital and physician quality, visit: today.

Read more about what this award means for St. Luke's and its patients in a blog from Dr. Bart Hill at

About St. Luke’s Boise Medical Center

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

Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance for over 4,500 hospitals across the nation in 28 procedures and conditions annually. provides information on objective measures of hospital performance, which allows consumers to compare their local hospitals online at Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance for nearly every hospital in the nation; 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 to select and communicate with physicians and hospitals that best meet their treatment needs. Consumers are empowered through use of the Healthgrades proprietary information about clinical outcomes, satisfaction, safety, and health conditions to make more informed healthcare decisions and take action. For more information please visit and




About The Author

Ken Dey served as Public Relations Coordinator at St. Luke's from 2008-2014.

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Boise, ID 83712
(208) 381-2222

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Meridian, ID 83642
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