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Via Christi Hospitals in Wichita

Via Christi hospitals on St. Francis, Harry recognized for being among nation’s best
Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis and Via Christi Hospital on Harry, which operate under a single license, once again have received HealthGrades’ Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence™ award — placing them among the top 5 percent in the nation for clinical performance.

It is the sixth year in a row that they have received the award from HealthGrades, the nation’s leading independent health care ratings organization.

“I’m pleased to see our physicians’ and staff’s efforts to do what’s best for patients and families recognized again this year,” said Randy Peterson, senior vice president of hospitals for Via Christi Health. “It’s a well-deserved recognition of their day-to-day commitment to high quality care.”

HealthGrades Hospital Quality and Clinical Excellence study, released today, objectively identifies those hospitals with the best overall clinical performance across 26 medical diagnoses and procedures that the organization rates. These 263 top-performing hospitals represent only 5 percent of the nation’s hospitals and each is designated as a HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence™.

Unlike other hospital quality studies, HealthGrades evaluates hospitals solely on clinical outcomes: risk-adjusted mortality and in-hospital complications. HealthGrades analysis is based on approximately 40 million Medicare discharges for the years 2008, 2009 and 2010. Using these top-performing hospitals as a benchmark in this year’s HealthGrades study, HealthGrades quantifies the impact of differences in hospital quality in terms of lives lost and unexpected complications.

According to the HealthGrades study:

• Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence had a 30.07 percent lower risk-adjusted mortality rate and a 1.86 percent lower risk-adjusted in-hospital complication rate among Medicare beneficiaries compared to all other hospitals.

• If all hospitals performed at the level of Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence, 165,704 Medicare lives could potentially have been saved and 6,800 Medicare in-hospital complications could potentially have been avoided.

Last fall, Via Christi’s hospitals on St. Francis and Harry were named to HealthGrades’ America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Stroke and Critical Care in 2012. In addition, according to the study released by HealthGrades in October, Via Christi ranks among the top 5 percent in the nation for neurosciences, neurosurgery, stroke, pulmonary and critical care and ranks No. 1 in Kansas for neurosurgery, stroke, critical care, pulmonary and gastrointestinal medical treatment.

HealthGrades Hospital Quality Distinctions

As part of this study, HealthGrades evaluates each of the nation’s 5,000 nonfederal hospitals in 26 procedures and diagnoses, allowing individuals to compare their local hospitals online at HealthGrades hospital quality distinctions are independently created; no hospital can opt in or out of being evaluated, and no hospital pays to be evaluated. Mortality and complication rates are risk adjusted, which takes into account differing levels of severity of patient illness at different hospitals and allows for hospitals to be compared equally.

About HealthGrades

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