Saint Anne’s Hospital Receives Healthgrades Stroke Care Excellence Award™ 2013

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

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New Healthgrades study finds patients treated at hospitals receiving five stars have, on average, a 75% lower risk of dying

Fall River, MA - Saint Anne’s Hospital has announced that it has received the Healthgrades Stroke Care Excellence Award 2013.

Healthgrades Stroke Care Excellence AwardSaint Anne’s Hospital was named one of the state’s first designated Primary Stroke Centers by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health in 2005.  This designation ensures that the Fall River hospital meets strict round-the-clock guidelines in providing care for patients with stroke symptoms – a critical service when “time lost is brain lost.”

In receiving its excellence award from Healthgrades, Saint Anne’s Hospital also was:

  • ranked among the top 5% in the nation for treatment of stroke in 2013
  • ranked number two in Massachusetts for treatment of stroke in 2013
  • ranked among the top five in Massachusetts for treatment of stroke for two years in a row (2012-2013)
  • five-star recipient for treatment of stroke for two years in a row (2012-2013).  A five-star quality measurement indicates that the hospital’s clinical performance is better than expected.

Saint Anne’s program also has grown to include the use of “Telestroke,” a telemedicine link that uses videoconferencing and image-sharing technology with stroke specialists from Brigham and Women’s and Massachusetts General hospitals. This enables stroke specialists in Boston to examine and speak with the patient and family from miles away and assist in diagnosing the patient's condition and recommended treatment.  It is available 24 hours a day in the hospital’s emergency room.

“Healthgrades’ recognition of our stroke program symbolizes our team’s stroke expertise, from the minute a patient with stroke symptoms enters our emergency room to all diagnostic and follow-up care,” said Craig A. Jesiolowski, Saint Anne’s Hospital president.  “We are so pleased that the Healthgrades Stroke Care Excellence Award recognizes our focus on patient outcomes, which add ups to excellence in quality care.  It’s a true testament to our team’s ongoing commitment to quality, safety and service.”

Healthgrades is the leading provider of information to help consumers make an informed decision about a physician or hospital.  This recognition is part of new findings released in American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2013: Healthgrades Report to the Nation, which evaluates the performance of approximately 4,500 hospitals nationwide across nearly 30 procedures and conditions.

Healthgrades bases its objective hospital quality measures solely on clinical performance and updates them annually, free to the public. The 2013 performance outcomes are now available at www.healthgrades.com.

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.  Healthgrades found that patients treated in hospitals receiving five stars had, on average, 75% lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals receiving one star (across 18 common procedures and diagnoses, such as heart bypass surgery, stroke, and pneumonia).

In this year’s report, Healthgrades also analyzed findings over its last five study periods (2005-2011) to provide an overview of trends in hospital quality over a longer period.  Among its key findings, Healthgrades found that the nation’s average in-hospital, risk-adjusted mortality rate improved 22% for procedures and conditions studied by Healthgrades over the last seven years.

Healthgrades independently measures hospitals based on data that hospitals submit to the federal government. No hospital can opt in or out of being measured, 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 hospital admission.

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.

Saint Anne’s Hospital is a community hospital with comprehensive inpatient, outpatient, and emergency care services, serving adults and children in southeastern Massachusetts and nearby Rhode Island.  Founded in 1906 by the Dominican Sisters of the Presentation, Saint Anne's Hospital is a member of Steward Health Care, the largest fully integrated community care organization in New England.  Saint Anne’s specialized centers and services include Saint Anne’s Hospital Regional Cancer Care; the Robert F. Stoico/FIRSTFED Center for Breast Care; Steward Diabetes Care Program; the Steward Centers for Pain Management; geriatric psychiatry; orthopedics; pediatrics (including inpatient care and specialty outpatient medical, behavioral and developmental care through the Fernandes Center for Children & Families); adult and pediatric rehabilitation; cardiovascular care; and primary care.

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