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Saint Agnes Medical Center is Fresno Area’s Only 5-Star Rated Hospital for Treatment of Heart Attack for Second Year in a Row
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05/18/2011
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HealthGrades Quality Ratings for Nation's 5,000 Hospitals Released to the Public

Fresno, CA - Saint Agnes Medical Center announced that it has received a 5-Star rating for the quality of its Treatment of Heart Attack from HealthGrades, the leading independent healthcare ratings organization. The recognition is based on the Thirteenth Annual HealthGrades Hospital Quality in America study, which analyzes patient outcomes at virtually all of the nation's hospitals. A 5-star quality rating indicates that Saint Agnes Medical Center's clinical performance is better than expected. Saint Agnes also received a 5-Star rating for Valve Replacement Surgery.

Patients are demanding increased public reporting of quality measures, and recent government reform efforts are backing them up. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, more than 40% of adults report that they believe there are major differences in hospital quality in their immediate geography, and since 1996 the number of consumers that indicated they would choose a hospital based on a high quality rating over familiarity has increased to 72% from 59%.

Saint Agnes Medical Center's outstanding clinical outcomes in its cardiac service line are demonstrated by its 5-Star ratings in both Treatment of Heart Attack and Valve Replacement Surgery. Additionally, Saint Agnes is the only hospital in the Fresno region* to achieve 5-Star ratings in both of these areas (*as defined by the federal government's Office of Management and Budget).

Earlier this year Saint Agnes Medical Center was a recipient of the 2010/2011 Maternity Care Excellence AwardTM for the 4th Year in a Row (2007/2008-2010/2011), was Ranked Among the Top 5% in the Nation for Maternity Care for the 3rd Year in a Row (2008/2009-2010/2011) and was Five-Star Rated for Maternity Care for the 6th Year in a Row (2005 & 2006/2007-2010/2011).

HealthGrades' hospital ratings are the most widely used objective, actionable quality measures readily available to the public and are based solely on clinical performance.

"We are very proud of these distinctions," says Jim Leonard, President and Chief Executive Officer, Saint Agnes Medical Center. "They demonstrate the shared commitment of our staff and physicians to provide local residents with the first-rate health care they deserve."

The HealthGrades study, the largest annual report of its kind, analyzed patient outcomes in nearly 40 million Medicare hospitalization records from 5,000 hospitals over the years 2007, 2008 and 2009. This year's study found:

  • Across all 17 procedures and diagnoses in which mortality was studied, there was an approximate 72% lower chance of dying in a 5-star rated hospital compared to a 1-star rated hospital, and a 53% lower chance of dying in a 5-star hospital compared with the national average.
  • If all hospitals performed at the level of a 5-star rated hospital across the 17 procedures and diagnoses studied, 232,442 Medicare lives could potentially have been saved from 2007 through 2009.

HealthGrades Hospital Quality Ratings

HealthGrades' hospital ratings and awards reflect the track record of patient outcomes at hospitals in the form of mortality and complication rates. HealthGrades rates hospitals independently based on data that hospitals submit to the federal government. No hospital can opt in or out of being rated, and no hospital pays to be rated.

For 26 procedures and medical treatments, HealthGrades issues star ratings that reflect the mortality and complication rates for each category of care. Hospitals receiving a 5-star rating have mortality or complication rates that are below the national average, to a statistically significant degree. A 3-star rating means the hospital performs as expected. One-star ratings indicate the hospital's mortality or complication rates in that procedure or treatment are statistically higher than average. Because the risk profiles of patient populations at hospitals are not alike, HealthGrades risk-adjusts the data to allow for equal comparisons.

More information on the HealthGrades study, including the complete methodology, can be found at www.healthgrades.com.

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