COOKEVILLE – Cookeville Regional Medical Center (CRMC) said Friday that it has been recognized by Healthgrades as one of America’s 100 Best hospitals for coronary intervention and orthopedic surgery care. Healthgrades, a leading online resource for consumers, evaluated nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 33 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions and identified the 100 best-performing facilities across all conditions or procedures within these service lines.
The achievement is part of findings recently released online and in the Healthgrades 2016 Report to the Nation. The new report demonstrates how clinical performance continues to differ dramatically between hospitals both nationally and regionally. This variation in care may have a significant impact on health outcomes. For example, from 2012 through 2014, if all hospitals as a group, performed similarly to hospitals receiving 5 stars as a group, on average 222,392 lives could potentially have been saved and 166,086 complications could potentially have been avoided.* A 5-star rating indicates that Cookeville Regional’s clinical outcomes are statistically significantly better than expected when treating the condition or conducting the procedure being evaluated.
CRMC not only performs at a five-star level, officials said, it outperforms other hospitals in the nation in several conditions, and as a result, has been recognized with the 2016 Healthgrades Specialty Excellence Award in four categories: cardiac surgery, coronary intervention, orthopedic surgery and pulmonary care.
“I am proud of the strides made by our physicians and staff to continually improve the quality of care we provide our patients,” Paul Korth, CRMC CEO, said. “Having a third party recognize us for those efforts is further validation that our services are among the highest quality found anywhere. Now, even more than before, there is very little reason for our Upper Cumberland residents to have to travel out of our region for health care.”
For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 40 million Medicare inpatient records for nearly 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide, and assessed hospital performance relative to each of 33 common conditions and procedures. Healthgrades recognizes a hospital’s quality achievements for cohort-specific performance, specialty area performance, and overall clinical quality. Individual procedure or condition cohorts are designated as five star (statistically significantly better than expected), three star (not statistically different from expected), and one star (statistically significantly worse than expected) categories. The complete Healthgrades 2016 Report can be found at www.healthgrades.com/quality.
“The Healthgrades 2016 Report to the Nation reveals striking disparities in quality at the local level, and underscores why it is vital for consumers to understand outcomes performance at alternative hospitals for specific conditions and procedures,” Evan Marks, chief strategy officer for Healthgrades, said. “Hospitals with superior outcomes for certain aspects of care may not perform as well in other areas. Moreover, a major metropolitan area may have many hospitals, but only a few may provide better-than-expected outcomes for the specific care a patient needs. Those hospitals that have achieved the Healthgrades distinction have demonstrated a commitment to exceptional quality care.”
CRMC’s full listing of achievements include:
|One of Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Coronary Intervention for five years in a row (2012-2016)|
|One of Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery for five years in a row (2012-2016)|
|Recipient of the Healthgrades 2016 Cardiac Surgery Excellence Award|
|Recipient of the Healthgrades Coronary Intervention Excellence Award for six years in a row (2011-2016)|
|Named among top 5 percent in nation for coronary interventional procedures for five years in a row (2012-2016)|
|Named Among top 10 percent in the nation for cardiac surgery in 2016|
|Named among top 10 percent in the nation for coronary interventional procedures for six years in a row (2011-2016)|
|Five-star recipient for coronary bypass surgery for four years in a row (2013-2016)|
|Five-star recipient for coronary interventional procedures for six years in a row (2011-2016)|
|Recipient of the Healthgrades Orthopedic Surgery Excellence Award for eight years in a row (2009-2016)|
|Named among top 10 percent in nation for overall orthopedic services for eight years in a row (2009-2016)|
|Five-star recipient for hip fracture treatment for eight years in a row (2009-2016)|
|Five-star recipient for back surgery in 2016|
|Recipient of the Healthgrades Pulmonary Care Excellence Award for three years in a row (2014-2016)|
|Named among top 10 percent in nation for Overall Pulmonary Services for three years in a row (2014-2016)|
|Five-star recipient for treatment of pneumonia for three years in a row (2014-2016)|
|Five-star recipient for peripheral vascular bypass for five years in a row (2012-2016)|
|Five-star recipient for treatment of bowel obstruction in 2016|
|Five-star recipient for gallbladder removal surgery in 2016|
|Five-star recipient for treatment of sepsis in 2016|
|Five-star recipient for treatment of pulmonary embolism for two years in a row (2015-2016)|
|Five-star recipient for treatment of diabetic emergencies for two years in a row (2015-2016)|
|Recipient of the Healthgrades 2015 Outstanding Patient Experience Award|
|Named among top 15 percent in nation for outstanding patient experience in 2015|
* Statistics are based on Healthgrades analysis of MedPAR data for years 2012-2014 and represent three-year estimates for Medicare patients only.