5 things to know about Healthgrades' 2017 distinguished hospital awards

Healthgrades — a comprehensive online resource for information about physicians and hospitals — announced the 258 recipients of its Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence for 2017 on Tuesday.

"Today more than 30 percent of people who choose a physician consult Healthgrades to better understand their options for care and place a high value on the outcomes and complications at the hospitals where the provider practices or treats patients," said Brad Bowman, MD, CMO of Healthgrades. "The hospitals that have achieved this distinction stand out from their peers because of their commitment to high quality clinical outcomes for their patients."

Here are five things to know about Healthgrades' 2017 distinguished hospital awards.

1. The award is given to hospitals among the top 5 percent in the nation in care quality performance across at least 21 of 32 common inpatient conditions and procedures.

2. The 2017 awards are based on the assessment of inpatient data from Medicare medical claims records from 2013 to 2015.

3. During this time period, if all other hospitals performed at the same level across 19 procedures and conditions as those distinguished by Healthgrades, 160,322 lives may have potentially been saved.

4. Patients treated at these distinguished hospitals have a 26.2 percent lower risk of dying on average.

5. For these six common inpatient conditions, patients treated at award-recipient hospitals had significantly lower risk of dying.

• Heart attack: 22.5 percent lower risk of dying
• Heart failure: 30.5 percent lower risk of dying
• Pneumonia: 36.7 percent lower risk of dying
• Stroke: 25.0 percent lower risk of dying
• Sepsis: 25.1 percent lower risk of dying
• Respiratory failure: 24.4 percent lower risk of dying

To see the complete list of recipients, click here.

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