Huntington Hospital Recognized as Top 10% in Nation for Stroke Care by Healthgrades

May 26, 2016

For the second year in a row, stroke care at Huntington Hospital is among the top 10% in the nation as measured by lowest risk-adjusted mortality, 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.

The achievement is part of findings released in the Healthgrades 2016 Report to the Nation. The 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.

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

“We are proud to receive the Healthgrades Stroke Care Excellence Award for the second year in a row – it is a true reflection of the expert, compassionate care provided by our staff,” said Arbi Ohanian, MD, medical director of Huntington Hospital’s Primary Stroke Center. “With a stroke, time lost is brain lost. This recognition further demonstrates our commitment to delivering advanced stroke treatments to patients quickly and safely.”

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 5 star (statistically significantly better than expected), 3 star (not statistically different from expected), and 1 star (statistically significantly worse than expected) categories. 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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