Report Names Penrose-St. Francis Health Services one of HealthGrades

Recognized for Sustained, Outstanding Clinical Performance by HealthGrades, the Leading Independent Healthcare Ratings Organization

Colorado Springs, Colo. - Penrose-St. Francis Health Services announced today that it has been named a HealthGrades Americas 50 Best Hospital for 2010 in a report issued by HealthGrades, the leading independent healthcare ratings organization.

The report, which analyzes objective patient outcomes at all 5,000 of the nations nonfederal hospitals, places Penrose-St. Francis Health Services in the top 1 percent of all hospitals in the nation. This is the third year in a row they have received this distinction.

Penrose-St. Francis Health Services is the only hospital in the Colorado to receive this designation from HealthGrades - for all three years.

According to the report, there is a wide variation in quality when comparing the Medicare patient outcomes of Penrose-St. Francis Health Services and the rest of the HealthGrades Americas 50 Best Hospitals against all others. Patients admitted to Americas 50 Best Hospitals are, on average, 27 percent less likely to die and 8 percent less likely to suffer from a major complication when compared with patients admitted to other hospitals. If all hospitals operated at the same level as the 50 Best, 164,964 deaths and 18,900 in-hospital complications could have potentially been prevented.

This award recognizes the outstanding physicians, nurses, associates and volunteers who are committed to providing world-class healthcare to the Pikes Peak region and I couldnt be more proud of all of them," said Margaret Sabin, president and CEO of Penrose-St. Francis Health Services. Looking to the future, our goal is to move beyond providing the best possible illness care to providing wellness care, thereby potentially reducing health care costs by helping our community to maintain good health."

To determine HealthGrades Americas 50 Best Hospitals, HealthGrades analyzed more than 130 million Medicare hospitalization records from every non-federal hospital in the nation. Hospitals must meet minimum thresholds in terms of patient volumes, quality ratings, and the range of services provided. Specifically, hospitals were evaluated based on the risk-adjusted mortality and complication rates across 26 procedures and treatments, from hip replacement to bypass surgery. Hospitals that were in the top 5 percent of all hospitals for the most consecutive years were named HealthGrades Americas 50 Best Hospitals. The full methodology can be found in the report posted at

In addition, Penrose-St. Francis is ranked number one in Colorado for overall critical care services in 2010, and among the top 5 percent in the nation for pulmonary, GI medical treatment and critical care. The nations nearly 5,000 nonfederal hospitals were all included in the sweeping study, which examined mortality rates and complication rates from government data from 2006, 2007 and 2008.

The HealthGrades Americas 50 Best Hospitals have demonstrated clinical outcomes that are the best in the nation, and they have sustained that level of quality year in and year out," said Rick May, MD, a HealthGrades' vice president and one of the studys authors. That indicates that these hospitals have leadership, operational structures and clinical teams that are capable of producing excellence in a way that others cannot. These hospitals should be congratulated, and those in their community should feel proud of the quality of care being delivered."

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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 is part of Centura Health, Colorados largest hospital and health care network delivering advanced care to more than half a million people each year, across 12 hospitals, seven senior living communities, medical clinics, Flight For Life and home care and hospice services. Penrose-St. Francis and Centura's strength lies in the ability to offer a team of connected networks and shared resources to deliver accessible, reliable and cost-effective health care across the state. For more information about Penrose-St. Francis Health Services, visit or the Media Room at


Media Note: Penrose-St. Francis Chief Operating Officer Jameson Smith will be available at 1 p.m. today at Penrose Hospital for comment on this award. Please contact Chris Valentine, public information officer, at 719-776-5250 if you are interested in speaking with Smith.

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