Pulmonary care at St. Mary’s Healthcare ranks within the top 5 percent in the nation for clinical quality, according to an independent health care rating company.
Healthgrades, a for-profit provider of information about physicians and hospitals, awarded its Pulmonary Care Excellence Award to St. Mary’s for superior outcomes in treating chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and pneumonia. It said patients needing pulmonary care have a lower risk of dying at hospitals recognized with the award.
Healthgrades’ quality ratings are based on data released annually by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
They look at how approximately 4,500 hospitals nationwide performed on risk-adjusted mortality and complication rates for nearly 30 of the most common conditions and procedures.
Dr. Ronald Marsh, chairman of the Board of Trustees at St. Mary’s Healthcare, said the Healthgrades rating will help patients choose a healthcare provider. “St. Mary’s is proud to be leading the way for patients to make choices based on objective clinical outcomes and quality measures,” he said.
According to Healthgrades’ review of data, St. Mary’s actual mortality rate for COPD six months after hospitalization was 14.46 percent, based on 249 cases. This earned it a five-star rating, the highest rating.
The predicted mortality rate was 18.61 percent.
For pneumonia, St. Mary’s actual mortality rate for COPD six months after hospitalization was 17.21 percent, based on 244 cases, earning a five-star rating. The predicted mortality was 26.93 percent. It also earned five-star ratings for having a below-average mortality for in-hospital cases and for mortality one month after hospitalization.
St. Mary’s also earned five-star ratings for care related to heart attacks, heart failure and respiratory failure; for hip fracture treatment, hip replacement and total knee replacement.
It earned average ratings in the care categories of appendectomy, pulmonary embolism, sepsis, bowel obstruction, gastrointestinal bleed, gynecologic surgery, maternity care, stroke and prostatectomy. St. Mary’s had won Healthgrades’ Prostatectomy Excellence Award in 2011.
In the categories of patient safety, St. Mary’s earned above-average rankings in two categories, average in 10 categories and worse than average in one category: Collapsed lung due to a procedure or surgery in or around the chest. Patient safety evaluates the risk of experiencing a medical error at a hospital.
In 10 categories of patient experiences, St. Mary’s did average. This category measures how patients felt about the care they received at the hospital.
Nathan Littauer Hospital in Fulton County ranked average in all categories of clinical care; average for most categories of patient safety, with three worse-than-average rankings; and average for patient experiences, according to Healthgrades.