Penrose-St. Francis Recognized as Top 10% in Nation for multiple conditions and procedures by Healthgrades

(Colorado Springs, Colo.) Penrose-St. Francis Health Services is among the top 10% in the nation in seven areas as measured by lowest risk-adjusted mortality or complications, according to this years evaluation from Healthgrades, the leading online resource helping consumers make informed decisions in order to find the right doctor, the right hospital and the right care. Every year Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance at over 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 33 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions.

In addition, the Healthgrades 2015 Report to the Nation highlights disparity in hospital performance for specific conditions and procedures and the impact that this variation has on health outcomes as well as increased costs and lengths of stay. For example, from 2011-2013, if all hospitals as a group, performed similarly to hospitals receiving 5-stars as a group, on average 228,426 lives could potentially have been saved and 169,298 complications could potentially have been avoided.* A 5-star rating indicates that Penrose-St. Franciss clinical outcomes are better than expected when treating the condition or conducting the procedure being evaluated.

Penrose-St. Francis not only performs at a 5-star level it outperforms other hospitals in the nation in seven areas and, as a result, has been recognized with the following 2015 Healthgrades Excellence Awards:

  • Recipient of the Healthgrades Cardiac Care Excellence Award for 2 Years in a Row (2014-2015)
  • Recipient of the Healthgrades Orthopedic Surgery Excellence Award for 3 Years in a Row (2013-2015)
  • Recipient of the Healthgrades Joint Replacement Excellence Award for 5 Years in a Row (2011-2015)
  • Recipient of the Healthgrades 2015 Neurosciences Excellence Award
  • Recipient of the Healthgrades 2015 Neurosurgery Excellence Award
  • Recipient of the Healthgrades 2015 Stroke Care Excellence Award
  • Recipient of the Healthgrades Pulmonary Care Excellence Award for 11 Years in a Row (2005-2015)

Today, consumers are demanding improved health outcomes, increased service and convenience, and lower health care costs, said Margaret Sabin, president and CEO of Penrose-St. Francis Health Services. Tools such as this Healthgrades report now allow consumers to research and choose a hospital based on the quality of care that a hospital provides. As we move upstream to manage health, we will continue to explore and evolve our strategies and initiatives aimed at reducing health care costs, while optimizing health care value, for the communities we serve.

Penrose-St. Francis has been one of Healthgrades Americas 50 Best Hospitals for the past seven consecutive years. The 2015 recipient list is scheduled to be announced in February 2015.

As Americans take increasing responsibility when it comes to their health, it is more important than ever for consumers to access objective measures of quality when selecting a physician and hospital, said Evan Marks, Chief Strategy Officer, Healthgrades. Consumers who select a physician associated with a hospital with Healthgrades 5-star performance in a specific procedure or condition can potentially improve their health outcomes and reduce costs.

For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 40 million Medicare-patient records for nearly 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide, assessing hospital performance relative to each of 33 common conditions and procedures. Healthgrades recognizes a hospitals quality achievements for cohort-specific performance, specialty area performance, and overall clinical quality. Individual procedure or condition cohorts are designated as 5-star (statistically better than expected), 3-star (statistically as expected) and 1-star (statistically worse than expected) categories. Detailed performance information, such as cohort-specific outcomes data and quality achievements, as well as more information on the Healthgrades 2015 Report to the Nation, including the complete methodology, can be found by visiting Healthgrades website.

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About Penrose St. Francis Health Services
Penrose-St. Francis Health Services is a full-service, 522-bed acute care facility offering a full complement of emergency, medical and surgical services. Penrose-St. Francis was named one of Americas 50 Best Hospitals seven years in a row, 2008-2014, by HealthGrades, the only recipient in Colorado. Penrose-St. Francis is part of Centura Health. Centura Health connects individuals, families and neighborhoods across Colorado and western Kansas with more than 6,000 physicians and 16,200 of the best hearts and minds in health care. Through our 15 hospitals, seven senior living communities, 17 health neighborhoods, home care and hospice services, we are making the regions best health care accessible and affordable in every community we serve. We believe you can inspire the people you care about to live healthier lives by encouraging them to do the little things that can make a big difference. For more information visit Penrose-St. Francis Health Services.

*Satistics are based on Healthgrades analysis of MedPAR data for years 2011 through 2013 and represent 3-year estimates for Medicare patients only.