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Via Christi Hospitals in Wichita

New Study: Via Christi Ranks in Top 5 Percent of Hospitals Nationally for Multiple Specialties

Wichita, KS (October 20, 2010) – Via Christi Hospital on North St. Francis and Via Christi Hospital on East Harry are being recognized for their quality care and today, are being named among the top 5 percent of hospitals in the nation for stroke, pulmonary, critical care and gastrointestinal medical treatment, according to a study just released by HealthGrades, the leading independent healthcare ratings organization.

They are the only Kansas hospitals to receive HealthGrades’ Stroke Care Excellence Award™ for six years in a row, the Critical Care Excellence Award™ for three years in a row, and the Pulmonary Care Excellence Award™ for four years in a row. According to the study, Via Christi, has earned multiple top rankings. Because the Via Christi hospitals on North St. Francis and East Harry operate under a single license, the rankings reflect the patient outcomes of both acute-care facilities.

They rank No.1 in Kansas for:

  • Stroke Treatment six years in a row (2006-2011)
  • Pulmonary Care four years in a row (2008-2011)
  • Critical Care three years in a row (2009-2011)
  • Gastrointestinal Medical Treatment (2011)

They also rank best in the Wichita metropolitan area for cardiology services and, for a fifth year in a row, rank among the state’s top five hospitals overall for cardiac services. “We are delighted to earn recognition again for the high-quality care we deliver. Via Christi physicians and employees serve day-in and day-out, committed to providing patients and families the best care,” said Randy Peterson, senior vice president, Via Christi Health Hospitals. “It’s this ongoing commitment to quality that helps us earn a place on this prestigious list, year after year.”

All of the nation’s nearly 5,000 hospitals were included in the Thirteenth Annual HealthGrades Hospital Quality in America study, which examined mortality rates and complication rates from government data for years 2007, 2008 and 2009. The outcomes data analyzed in the study is from nearly 40 million Medicare hospitalization records over the three-year period.

HealthGrades’ hospital ratings are the leading objective, actionable quality measures based solely on clinical performance made available to the public. Top-performing hospitals had dramatically lower mortality rates than other hospitals, according to the study.

  • For the 17 procedures and diagnoses for which HealthGrades analyzed mortality rates, patients treated at top hospitals had a 72 percent lower chance of dying when compared with the lowest-performing hospitals, and a 53 percent lower chance of dying when compared to the U.S. national average.
  • When looking at rates of complication across 10 procedures studied, there was an 80 percent lower chance of experiencing one or more complications in a 5-star rated hospital compared to a 1-star rated hospital. When comparing 5-star rated hospitals to the U.S. hospital average the chance is 63 percent lower of developing one or more in-hospital complications.
  • The public is seeking increased public reporting of quality measures and recent government reform efforts support this call to action, according to HealthGrades.

According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, more than 40 percent of adults report they believe there are major differences in hospital quality in their immediate geography. Additionally, since 1996, the number of consumers who indicated they would choose a hospital based on a high-quality rating over hospital familiarity has increased from 59 percent to 72 percent.

HealthGrades Hospital Quality Ratings

HealthGrades rates hospitals independently based on data that hospitals submit to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. No hospital can opt in or out of being rated, and no hospital pays to be rated.

For 26 procedures and medical treatments, HealthGrades issues star ratings that reflect the mortality and complication rates for each category of care. Hospitals receiving a 5-star rating have mortality or complication rates that are below the national average, to a statistically significant degree. A 3-star rating means the hospital performs as expected. One-star ratings indicate the hospital’s mortality or complication rates in that procedure or treatment are statistically higher than average. Because the risk profiles of patient populations at hospitals are not alike, HealthGrades risk-adjusts the data to allow for equal comparisons.

More information on today’s HealthGrades study, including the complete methodology, can be found at