Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center Among Top Five Percent of Hospitals in Nation

Healthgrades Hospital Quality Report Names Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence.™

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We are honored to be among the nation’s best hospitals for the third year in a row, says Alexander J. Hatala, President and Chief Executive Officer of Lourdes Health System.

Camden, NJ (PRWEB) January 22, 2014

Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center has received the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™. The distinction makes Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center among the top five percent of more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide for its clinical performance as measured by Healthgrades, a leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.

“We are honored to be among the nation’s best hospitals for the third year in a row,” says Alexander J. Hatala, President and Chief Executive Officer of Lourdes Health System. “Every day, Lourdes associates demonstrate a commitment to our mission of providing outstanding patient care. To once again receive this award is a real achievement. Together with our many other awards—including 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery—our physicians, nurses and all other clinical and non-clinical team members prove that we are delivering high quality care on a consistent basis and across all specialties. This isn’t a one-time, one specialty award.”

Not all hospitals eligible for the distinction meet the final requirements. For example, in the Camden, NJ metropolitan area, Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center was the only hospital out of six eligible hospitals recognized as a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence. Lourdes is recognized for its quality care across at least 21 of 30 common inpatient conditions and procedures evaluated by Healthgrades.

What the Numbers Mean
Healthgrades reviewed data from 2010 to 2012 and found that Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence had a 26.4 lower risk of in-patient mortality across 19 procedures and conditions. During this same period and for the same procedures and conditions, if all other hospitals performed at the level of Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence, 156,036 lives could potentially have been saved.

“Recipients of the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence have demonstrated better than expected quality care. For patients undergoing treatment for select common conditions and procedures at these hospitals, this translates to a statistically significant lower likelihood of death or experiencing complications when compared to the rest of American hospitals,” said Evan Marks, EVP, Informatics and Strategy, Healthgrades.

In addition to the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ award and the 2014 America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery award, Lourdes has also been recognized by Healthgrades with its 2014 Pulmonary Care Excellence Award and the 2013 Women’s Health Excellence Award two years in a row, presented in the spring each year. Lourdes has also been noted by Healthgrades this year for five-star achievements in: Coronary bypass, valve surgery, heart attack, heart failure, stroke, colorectal and prostate surgery.

The 260 recipients of the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ stand out among the rest for overall clinical excellence across a broad spectrum of care and represent just five percent of the nation’s hospitals. During the 2014 study period (2010-2012), these facilities showed superior performance in clinical outcomes for patients in the Medicare population across at least 21 of 30 of the most common inpatient conditions and procedures —as measured by objective performance data (risk-adjusted mortality and in-hospital complications). To learn more about how Healthgrades determines Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ recipients, please visit http://www.healthgrades.com/quality. For more information about Healthgrades, to download a full copy of the report or to get information about hospital and physician quality, visit: http://www.Healthgrades.com.

About Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center
Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center is a regional referral center, known for providing the most sophisticated levels of care. For more than six decades, the 325-bed teaching hospital has been committed to enhancing the health and well-being of southern New Jersey's residents. In addition to being among the largest providers of cardiac services in the Delaware Valley, the medical center offers a nationally recognized stroke program and is the only hospital in the southern half of the state of New Jersey performing kidney, pancreas and liver transplants.

Healthgrades Hospital Quality Distinctions
Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance for over 4,500 hospitals across the nation in 28 procedures and conditions annually. Healthgrades.com provides information on objective measures of hospital performance, which allows consumers to compare their local hospitals online at http://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 differing levels of severity of patient illness at different hospitals and allows for hospitals to be compared equally.

About Healthgrades
Healthgrades, headquartered in Denver, Colorado, is a leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. More than 200 million consumers use the Healthgrades websites to select and communicate 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 http://www.healthgrades.com and http://www.bettermedicine.com.


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