HealthGrades Ranks Saint Francis Care Among Top 5 in Connecticut for Joint Replacement, Spine Surgery, and Neurosciences

(Hartford, Conn. October 18, 2011) – A report released today by HealthGrades, the nation’s most trusted, independent source of physician information and hospital quality ratings, ranked Saint Francis Care among the top 5 in Connecticut for joint replacement, spine surgery, and neurosciences.  Saint Francis Care is also 5-star rated in nine areas including treatment of stroke and pneumonia.   Earlier this year, Saint Francis Care was recognized by HealthGrades for being in the top 5% in the nation for patient safety.

Choosing a hospital can be a life or death decision. The HealthGrades report found that patients treated at 5-star rated hospitals experience a 73% lower risk of mortality and a 63% lower risk of complications compared to those treated at 1-star rated hospitals. A quality comparison of doctors and hospitals in the Hartford market can be found online at HealthGrades.com.

“We are honored to be recognized for our continued commitment to providing patients with quality, top-flight care in a variety of clinical areas,” said Christopher Dadlez, President and CEO, Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.  “From our patient caregivers to our support staff, continuous quality improvement is the driving force of our efforts to enhance patient safety,” added Dadlez.

“Patients today have a wide array of options when it comes to choosing a healthcare provider,” said Kerry Hicks, HealthGrades chief executive officer. “At HealthGrades, we are proud to have led the way for empowering patient choice based on objective clinical outcomes and access to actionable quality measures. We commend Saint Francis Care for its superior quality and support of consumerism and transparency in the Hartford area.”

Saint Francis Care was also recognized for the following clinical achievements:

  • Five-Star Rated for Treatment of Heart Failure for 3 Years in a Row (2010-2012)
  • Ranked Among the Top 5 in CT for Joint Replacement for 6 Years in a Row (2007-2012)
  • Ranked Among the Top 5 in CT for Spine Surgery for 7 Years in a Row (2006-2012)
  • Five-Star Rated for Joint Replacement for 6 Years in a Row (2007-2012)
  • Five-Star Rated for Total Knee Replacement for 6 Years in a Row (2007-2012)
  • Five-Star Rated for Back and Neck Surgery (Spinal Fusion) for 7 Years in a Row (2006-2012)
  • Ranked Among the Top 5 in CT for Neurosciences in 2012
  • Five-Star Rated for Treatment of Stroke in 2012
  • Five-Star Rated for Treatment of Pneumonia for 2 Years in a Row (2011-2012)
  • Ranked Among the Top 10 in CT for GI Medical Treatment for 4 Years in a Row (2009-2012)
  • Five-Star Rated for GI Procedures and Surgeries for 2 Years in a Row (2011-2012)
  • Five-Star Rated for Treatment of GI Bleed for 4 Years in a Row (2009-2012)
  • Five-Star Rated for Treatment of Respiratory Failure in 2012
  • Five-Star Rated for Treatment of Diabetic Acidosis and Coma for 3 Years in a Row (2010-2012)

Key findings of the HealthGrades 2011 Healthcare Consumerism and Hospital Quality in America report include:

  • Patients had, on average,  a 73% lower risk of dying in a 5-star rated hospital compared to a 1-star rated hospital, and a 54% lower risk of dying in a 5-star rated hospital compared to the national average.
     
  • Patients, on average, were 63% less likely to experience in-hospital complications than patients at 1-star programs, and had a 43% lower chance of developing an in-hospital complication than the national average.
     
  • If all Medicare patients from 2008 through 2010 had been treated at 5-star hospitals, 240,040 lives potentially could have been saved.
     
  • If all Medicare patients from 2008 through 2010 had gone to 5-star hospitals for their procedures, 164,472 in-hospital complications potentially could have been avoided.
  • In an online survey, 80% said they are very or somewhat concerned about the quality of hospital care in their community.
  • In an online survey, 42% of HealthGrades visitors said that they believe their chances of experiencing an unexpected death or complication is higher in some hospitals in their community compared to others.

About Saint Francis
Saint 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, and the Joyce D. and Andrew J. Mandell Center for Comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis Care and Neuroscience Research.  It 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
About HealthGrades 

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