(Boise, IDAHO) (October 22, 2013) – St. Luke’s Health System announced today that its Boise and Meridian Medical Centers have been recognized for clinical excellence in cardiac care, critical care and joint replacement according to Healthgrades, the leading online resource that helps consumers search, compare and connect with physicians and hospitals.
This achievement was released today with other new findings in American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2014: Healthgrades Report to the Nation, which evaluates hospital performance at more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 31 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions.
St. Luke’s not only performs at a 5 star level – it has been recognized as one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for the specialties of cardiac care, critical care and joint replacement.
St. Luke’s Boise and Meridian medical centers were also recognized with the Healthgrades 2014 Excellence Awards in seven specialty areas including:
St. Luke’sMagicValleyMedicalCenteralso received five-star ratings for sepsis, pulmonary embolism, carotid surgery, and stroke care.
“St. Luke’s has a vision of being a national leader in health care, and these results show that we are on our way to achieving that vision,” said St. Luke’s Treasure Valley CEO Chris Roth. “The recognition from Healthgrades reflects the dedication of our physicians, administrative leaders and staff to provide the highest quality of care to our patients. While this is a time to celebrate our accomplishment, it’s also a time to recognize there are always areas where we can continue to improve in order to deliver on our promise of delivering better health, better care at a lower cost.”
“As American policy-makers focus more intently on ways to lower healthcare costs and improve quality, patients are being asked to assume more responsibility for their healthcare decisions – from selection of their health plan to the associated network of physicians and hospitals,” said Evan Marks, EVP, Strategy and Informatics, Healthgrades. “Since all hospitals do not perform equally in all procedures, patients can have confidence that by selecting a physician associated with a hospital that has achieved recognition by Healthgrades, they can potentially improve outcomes and reduce costs.”
For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 40 million Medicare-patient records for nearly 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide, assessing hospital performance relative to each of 31 common conditions and procedures. Healthgrades awards hospitals quality achievements for cohort-specific performance, specialty area performance, and overall clinical quality. Individual procedure or condition cohorts are designated as 5 star (statistically better than expected), 3 star (statistically as expected) and 1 star (statistically worse than expected) categories. Detailed performance information, such as cohort-specific outcomes data and quality achievements for individual hospitals may be found at www.healthgrades.com/find-a-hospital.
More information on the American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2014: Healthgrades Report to the Nation, including the complete methodology, can be found at www.healthgrades.com/quality.
Ken Dey served as Public Relations Coordinator at St. Luke's from 2008-2014.