Baltimore came out on top after nine of its 19 full-service hospitals got HealthGrades’ award for clinical excellence. The distinction is based on a comprehensive study of patient death and complication rates at the nation’s nearly 5,000 hospitals.
“We’re looking at the end point,” says Kristin Reed, vice president of hospital ratings for HealthGrades. She adds that Baltimore, overall, has the lowest death and in-hospital complication rates related to 26 of the most common diagnoses of Medicare beneficiaries, including heart attack, stroke, pneumonia and complications related to diabetes.
To put the city’s stellar performance in perspective, only 263 hospitals got the Web site’s clinical excellence award. These hospitals have a 30.07% lower risk-adjusted mortality rate and a 1.86% lower risk-adjusted in-hospital complication rate among Medicare beneficiaries compared with all other hospitals captured in the study.
Reed says these distinguished hospitals also tend to have strong leadership and dedication to quality, and often track mortality and complication rates on their own.
Based on the rankings, the top 10 markets for hospital care are:
- Phoenix-Prescott, Ariz.
- Cedar Rapids, Iowa
- Richmond, Va.
- West Palm Beach, Fla.
- Chattanooga, Tenn.
- St. Louis
- Hartford-New Haven, Conn.
- Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo, Minn.
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