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America's 50 Best Hospitals Identified by HealthGrades

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America's 50 Best Hospitals were identified by HealthGrades, the leading independent health care ratings company, based on an analysis of approximately 90 million hospitalization records from nearly 5,000 hospitals over the years 1999-2005.

The list of hospitals contains well-known facilities, such as Cedars Sinai in Los Angeles, Mayo Clinic in Minnesota and the Cleveland Clinic. But it also contains hospitals without national reputations whose patients have superior outcomes compared with their peers across the country. In this analysis HealthGrades utilized only objective outcomes data from the Federal government, the mortality and complication rates that reflect the track record of how patients fared at the nations nonfederal hospitals.

To receive a place on the HealthGrades' America's 50 Best Hospitals list , the facilities must have patient outcomes that are in the top five percent in the nation the most consecutive times over the last five years, reflecting quality that is consistent across procedures and treatments over time.

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"This is the first time that any organization has identified the best hospitals in the country purely in terms of the clinical outcomes of their patients," said Samantha Collier, MD, HealthGrades' chief medical officer. "HealthGrades' America's 50 Best Hospitals are the best of the best -- they have clearly found a way to 'hardwire quality' into systems and processes so that patient outcomes are superior year after year and across a range of procedures and treatments."

For each of the past five years, HealthGrades has recognized hospitals with patient outcomes in the top five percent by designating them Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence. In the most recent HealthGrades annual study, issued January 29, Distinguished Hospitals had average mortality rates that were 28 percent lower than all other hospitals, and complication rates that were 5 percent lower. Hospitals named Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence the most consecutive times over the last five years were named HealthGrades' America's 50 Best Hospitals for 2007.

The complete list of HealthGrades' America's 50 Best Hospitals for 2007 are available in HealthGrades study, issued today at HealthGrades .

HealthGrades' annual assessment of mortality and complication rates analyzes the following procedures and diagnoses and then risk-adjusts the data to account for differences in patient populations among hospitals:

  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Back and Neck Surgery (Spinal Fusion)
  • Back and Neck Surgery (except Spinal Fusion)
  • Bowel Obstruction
  • Carotid Endarterectomy
  • Cholecystectomy
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Community Acquired Pneumonia
  • Coronary Bypass Surgery
  • Coronary Interventional Procedures
  • Diabetic Acidosis and Coma
  • Gastrointestinal Bleed
  • Heart Attack
  • Heart Failure
  • Hip Fracture Repair
  • Pancreatitis
  • Partial Hip Replacement
  • Peripheral Vascular Bypass
  • Prostatectomy
  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Resection/Replacement of Abdominal Aorta
  • Sepsis
  • Stroke
  • Total Hip Replacement
  • Total Knee Replacement
  • Valve Replacement Surgery