Huntington Hospital Recognized as Top 5% in Nation for Pulmonary Care by Healthgrades

March 10, 2016

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(PASADENA, Calif. – March 10, 2016) – Pulmonary care at Huntington Hospital is among the top 5% in the nation as measured by lowest risk-adjusted mortality rates according to this year’s evaluation from Healthgrades, the leading online resource helping consumers make informed decisions in order to find the right doctor, the right hospital, and the right care. Every year, Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance at nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 33 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions.

“Our physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists and employees serve the community with compassion and excellence every day,” said Daryl Banta, MD, medical director, critical care, pulmonary and respiratory services, Huntington Hospital. “We are so pleased to receive this recognition from Healthgrades, which highlights the quality of care we provide our patients.”

The achievement is part of findings 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 has 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 Huntington Hospital’s clinical outcomes are statistically significantly better than expected when treating the condition or conducting the procedure being evaluated.

Healthgrades analysis shows that differences in quality exist within local service areas as well. Of the 89 hospitals located within the area, the 2016 study reveals that although these hospitals are just minutes away from each other, risk-adjusted in-hospital mortality rates for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) ranged from 0.0% on the low end to 3.2% on the high end.

Huntington Hospital not only performs at a 5-star level in COPD, it outperforms other hospitals in the nation in Pulmonary Care and as a result has been recognized with the 2016 Healthgrades Pulmonary Care Excellence Award™.

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. The complete Healthgrades 2016 Report to the Nation with detailed cohort-specific outcomes data, hospital-specific quality achievements, and detailed study methodology, can be found at www.healthgrades.com/quality.

*Statistics are based on Healthgrades analysis of MedPAR data for years 2012 through 2014 and represent 3-year estimates for Medicare patients only.

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