Palos Community Hospital has been named one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals for 2013 as measured by Healthgrades, the leading online resource that helps consumers search, evaluate, compare and connect with physician and hospitals. Healthgrades evaluated nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide – reviewing and analyzing clinical performance across 27 common procedures and diagnoses – to determine the nation’s best performing hospitals based on objective measures of clinical quality.
According to Healthgrades, to be recognized with this distinction, hospitals must have had risk-adjusted mortality and complication rates that were among the lowest 5% in the nation for a minimum of seven years. This is the second year that Palos Community Hospital has achieved this designation by delivering consistently superior clinical performance in the Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL area. Palos Community was one of five award recipients out of 14 eligible hospitals to earn a spot on this list.
“This recognition is an honor for Palos Community Hospital and affirms the dedication and commitment of our staff in assuring that all of our patients are treated with the same quality, competence, compassion and dignity as we would want one of our own family members to be treated,” says Sister Margaret Wright, president. “Our commitment to providing quality care is steadfast. As a result, we are able to provide health care services that are now recognized as among the best in the country, and we will continue to do so for years to come.”
In addition to demonstrating consistency of quality across many clinical areas Palos Community Hospital performed particularly well in the treatment of Valve Repair/Replacement Surgery. Among the 29 hospitals that were evaluated for the treatment of Valve Repair/Replacement Surgery in the Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL area, there was wide variation in hospital performance as measured by risk adjusted mortality rates (from 1.1% on the low end to 12.5% on the high end). Palos Community Hospital is among the hospitals with the lowest risk-adjusted mortality rates providing patients in the Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL area with a measurably better quality of care.
“Today, consumers have unprecedented access to information on hospital performance as it relates to the treatment of specific conditions and procedures enabling them to make more informed decisions about who to see and where to go for care,” said Evan Marks, EVP Informatics and Strategy. “Achieving this recognition as an America’s 50 Best hospital requires a steadfast commitment to quality that has been demonstrated year after year. This designation should provide enhanced confidence to consumers who are choosing among hospitals for those that provide consistent, measurable high quality of care.”
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About Palos Community Hospital
Palos Community Hospital’s ongoing mission is to provide the highest quality health care available. By combining the medical expertise of highly skilled physicians and nurses with state-of-the-art technology and a comprehensive approach to treatment, Palos is committed to delivering world-class medicine in a compassionate and caring environment.
Palos Community Hospital is a 428-bed non-profit health care facility located in Palos Heights, IL. As one of the area’s leading hospitals, we have been serving the communities of the southwest suburbs for 40 years. Our more than 490-affiliate physicians represent more than 40 specialties and subspecialties.
Healthgrades Hospital Quality Distinctions
Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance for nearly 4,500 hospitals across the nation in 27 procedures and conditions annually. Healthgrades.com provides information on objective measures of hospital performance, which allows consumers to compare their local hospitals online at www.healthgrades.com/find-a-hospital. 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 the differing severity of illness at different hospitals and allows for hospitals to be compared fairly.
Healthgrades, headquartered in Denver, Colorado, is the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. More than 225 million visitors use the Healthgrades websites to search, evaluate, compare and connect 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 www.healthgrades.com and www.bettermedicine.com.