July 8, 2015) –
Saint Francis Care has been rated high performing in knee
replacement as well as treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
(COPD) in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals for Common Care
ratings. The ratings evaluate more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide on common
inpatient procedures and conditions.
know that our quality and safety are superb in both joint replacement and
COPD,” said Christopher M. Dadlez, President and Chief Executive Officer, Saint
Francis Care. “We are gratified that U.S. News recognizes this as well.”
U.S. News evaluated
hospitals in five procedures and medical conditions – heart bypass surgery, hip
replacement, knee replacement, heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary
disease (COPD) – and rated them high performers, average or below average. Only
about 10 percent of the evaluated hospitals were rated as high performers.
has one of the best safety records and lowest post-surgical complication rates in
the United States,” said Steven Schutzer, M.D., Director, Connecticut Joint Replacement Institute. “To be included in this
list is a testimony to our dedicated nurses, physicians, surgical technicians and
physical therapists who make up the patient’s care team.”
is important for patients to be able to receive the best care close to home,”
said Bimalin Lahiri, M.D., section chief, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine.
“Saint Francis is not only an expert in treating COPD, but it serves as a
resource for the community.”
choice of hospital is one of the most important and costly decisions an
individual makes,” said Ben Harder, chief of health analysis for U.S. News. “We evaluated the treatment of
more than 3.6 million patients and identified a small percentage of hospitals
that have superior outcomes compared with their peer institutions. Whenever
possible, patients, in consultation with their doctors, should seek out high-performing
hospitals that excel in treating their specific condition.”
U.S. News created Best Hospitals for Common Care to help
patients find better care for the kinds of common procedures and medical
conditions that account for millions of hospitalizations each year. Objective outcome
measures such as deaths, infections, readmissions, and operations that need to
be repeated as well as patient satisfaction data largely determined the
ratings. The Best Hospitals for Common
Care ratings rely on Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services data for
patients 65 and older, as well as survey data from the American Hospital
Association and clinical registry data from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons.
Foster, an international health care analytics company with expertise on
claims-based risk adjustment, collaborated with U.S. News on the Best
Hospitals for Common Care ratings methodology.
ratings are freely available at http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals/rankings
Saint Francis Care
Francis Care is an integrated healthcare delivery system established by
Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, an anchor institution in north
central Connecticut since 1897. Licensed
for 617 beds and 65 bassinets, it is a major teaching hospital and the largest
Catholic hospital in New England. Other
major entities of Saint Francis Care include The Mount Sinai
Rehabilitation Hospital, the Connecticut Joint Replacement Institute, the
Hoffman Heart and Vascular Institute of Connecticut, the Saint Francis/Mount
Sinai Regional Cancer Center, the Joyce D. and Andrew J. Mandell Center for
Comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis Care and Neuroscience Research, and Saint
Francis HealthCare Partners.
Johnson Memorial Medical Center, parent organization of Johnson Memorial
Hospital, Evergreen Health Care Center, and Home and Community Health Services,
is also a Saint Francis Care Partner.
Saint Francis Care’s services are supported by a network of five
major Access Centers and eight additional medical office centers sited throughout
the region. For more information, visit www.stfranciscare.com.