Study Names Southwest General one of America’s 50 Best™ Hospitals

Hospital recognized for sustained, outstanding clinical performance for four consecutive years

Middleburg Heights, OH – Southwest General has been named for a fourth consecutive year as one of America’s 50 Best™ Hospitals for 2010, by HealthGrades. The honor places the hospital in the top one percent of all hospitals in the nation for hospital-wide quality outcomes.

To determine America’s 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 five percent of all hospitals for the most consecutive years were named HealthGrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals.

“The HealthGrades America’s 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 study’s 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.”

What differentiates America’s 50 Best Hospitals from those recognized by U.S. News & World Report is that America’s 50 Best Hospitals is based solely on clinical quality outcomes and it rewards excellence over a multi-year time period (from 1999-2008). The U.S. News & World Report recognition contains a variety of different types of measures and does not look at sustained quality over multiple years.

Patients admitted to a hospital on the America’s 50 Best Hospitals list are roughly 27 percent less likely to die and eight percent less likely to suffer from a major complication. If all hospitals operated at the same level, 164,964 deaths and 18,900 in-hospital complications could have potentially been prevented.

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“To be recognized by HealthGrades as one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals truly underscores the hard work and dedication of our physicians, nurses and support staff. Receiving this award reassures our patients and community members that the care they receive and the outcome of their stay at Southwest General is acknowledged by external evaluators as among the best in the nation,” stated Thomas A. Selden, FACHE, president and CEO of Southwest General. “Our patients, visitors and guests have put their trust in us, and that trust is consistently recognized at a national level.”

The full methodology can be found in the report posted at www.healthgrades.com.