Saint Francis Care is #1 in Connecticut for Joint Replacement Surgery Outcomes

Healthgrades Study Finds Patients Treated at Hospitals Receiving 5 Stars Are 61% Less Likely to Experience a Major Complication

(Hartford, Conn. October 23, 2012)Saint Francis Care is #1 in Connecticut for Joint replacement outcomes and is one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Joint Replacement, according to a new report from Healthgrades, the leading provider of information to help consumers make an informed decision about a physician or a hospital.  

Saint Francis Care is also 5-star rated in additional clinical areas according to the same HealthGrades report.  The report, American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2013: Healthgrades Report to the Nation, evaluates how approximately 4,500 hospitals nationwide performed on risk-adjusted mortality and complication rates for nearly 30 of the most common conditions treated and procedures performed from 2009 through 2011.

Hospital outcomes and complication rates are important in the eyes of consumers making choices today about their healthcare. According to new research conducted by Harris Interactive for Healthgrades, 90% of Americans in 27 top-designated market areas agree they would be more likely to choose—or not choose—a hospital if they could learn ahead of time their chances of complications for a certain procedure.

In all, Saint Francis Care was recognized for the following clinical achievements:  

America's Best 100 Hospitals

  • One of HealthGrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Joint Replacement™ in 2013

Cardiac

  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Heart Failure for 4 Years in a Row (2010-2013)

Orthopedic

  • Recipient of the HealthGrades Joint Replacement Excellence Award™ in 2013
  • Ranked #1 in CT for Joint Replacement in 2013
  • Five-Star Recipient for Joint Replacement for 7 Years in a Row (2007-2013)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Back and Neck Surgery (Spinal Fusion) for 8 Years in a Row (2006-2013)

Neurosciences

  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Stroke for 2 Years in a Row (2012-2013)

Pulmonary

  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Pneumonia for 3 Years in a Row (2011-2013)

Gastrointestinal

  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of GI Bleed for 5 Years in a Row (2009-2013)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Respiratory Failure for 2 Years in a Row (2012-2013)

Critical Care

  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Diabetic Acidosis and Coma for 4 Years in a Row (2010-2013)

“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 M. Dadlez, President and Chief Executive Officer, 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.

For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 40 million Medicare hospitalization records for services performed from 2009 through 2011 at approximately 4,500 short-term, acute care hospitals nationwide. Patients being treated in hospitals receiving 5 stars have, on average, 61% lower risk of experiencing a complication while in the hospital than if they were treated by hospitals receiving 1 star (based on 2009-2011 data across nine common procedures and diagnoses such as total knee replacement, gallbladder, and spine surgeries). Additionally, a total of 183,534 in-hospital complications could potentially have been avoided if all hospitals performed at a 5-star level.  

The 2013 Healthgrades hospital quality outcomes are available to the public at www.healthgrades.com.

Healthgrades independently measures hospitals based on data that hospitals submit to the federal government. No hospital can opt in or out of the analysis, and no hospital pays to be measured. Healthgrades risk adjusts for patient demographic characteristics and clinical risk factors, thereby taking into account how sick patients are upon admission.

A recent innovation in its joint replacement program - The Connecticut Joint Replacement Institute (CJRI) at SaintFrancis recently signed a contract with Farmington-based health insurer ConnectiCare to offer an innovative program for total hip and knee replacement surgery.  The program is aimed at delivering high-quality care while controlling costs through careful coordination of treatment provided by the Hospital, the surgeon and the anesthesiologist into one well managed episode of care for a patient.  These are just a few initiatives Saint Francis has taken to reach high standards of quality achievement from Healthgrades.  
More information on the American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2013: Healthgrades Report to the Nation, including the complete methodology, can be found at www.healthgrades.com/quality.