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Nebraska CHI facilities recognized by Healthgrades

December 09 2013

LINCOLN, Neb. –Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) hospitals in Nebraska, including Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center, announced that several of its facilities have been recognized by Healthgrades for clinical excellence in several different categories, according to Healthgrades, the leading online resource that helps consumers search, compare and connect with physicians and hospitals.

This achievement was released with other new findings in American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2014: Healthgrades Report to the Nation, which evaluates hospital performance at more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 31 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions.

“Among all our hospitals, delivering the highest level of medical care and the best patient experience is our highest priority,” said Bob Lanik, Chief Executive Officer, Nebraska division, Catholic Health Initiatives. “We appreciate the recognition from Healthgrades as it confirms the commitment to the clinical quality and patient care our employees provide every day.”

The new report highlights the disparity in hospital performance for specific conditions and procedures and the impact that this variation may have on health outcomes. For example, from 2010-2012, if all hospitals as a group, performed similarly to hospitals receiving five stars as a group, on average 234,252 lives could potentially have been saved and 157,418 complications could potentially have been avoided. A five-star rating indicates that CHI hospitals in Nebraska’s clinical outcomes are better than expected when treating the condition or conducting the procedure being evaluated.

“As American policy-makers focus more intently on ways to lower health care costs and improve quality, patients are being asked to assume more responsibility for their health care decisions – from selection of their health plan to the associated network of physicians and hospitals,” said Evan Marks, EVP, Strategy and Informatics, Healthgrades.“ Since all hospitals do not perform equally in all procedures, patients can have confidence that by selecting a physician associated with a hospital that has achieved recognition by Healthgrades, they can potentially improve outcomes and reduce costs.”

For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 40 million Medicare-patient records for nearly 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide, assessing hospital performance relative to each of 31 common conditions and procedures. Healthgrades awards hospitals quality achievements for cohort-specific performance, specialty area performance and overall clinical quality. Individual procedure or condition cohorts are designated as five-star (statistically better than expected), three-star (statistically as expected) and one-star (statistically worse than expected) categories. Detailed performance information, such as cohort-specific outcomes data and quality achievements for individual hospitals may be found at www.healthgrades.com/find-a-hospital.

CHI hospitals in Nebraska’s full listing of 2014 achievements include:

Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center

  • Orthopaedic: Five-star recipient for total knee replacement
  • Orthopaedic: Five-star recipient for back surgery
  • Pulmonary: Recipient of the Healthgrades Pulmonary Care Excellence Award
  • Pulmonary: Ranked among top 10 percent in the nation for overall pulmonary services
  • Pulmonary: Five-star recipient for treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Pulmonary: Five-star recipient for treatment of pneumonia
  • Gastrointestinal: Five-star recipient for small intestine surgeries
  • Gastrointestinal: Five-star recipient for treatment of bowel obstruction
  • Critical care: Five-star recipient for treatment of pulmonary embolism

Nebraska Heart Institute and Heart Hospital

  • Hospital-wide: Recipient of the Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award 2013
  • Hospital-wide: Ranked among the top five percent in the nation for patient safety in 2013
  • Hospital-wide: Recipient of the Healthgrades Outstanding Patient Experience Award for six consecutive years (2009-2013)
  • Ranked among the top 10 percent in the nation for Outstanding Patient Experience for six consecutive years (2009-2013)
  • Cardiac: Recipient of the Healthgrades Cardiac Surgery Excellence Award for four consecutive years (2011-2014)
  • Cardiac: Ranked among the top 10 percent in the nation for cardiac surgery for four consecutive years (2011-2014)
  • Cardiac: Five-star recipient for coronary bypass surgery for 10 consecutive years (2005-2014)

Good Samaritan Hospital

  • Hospital-wide: Recipient of the Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award in 2013
  • Hospital-wide: Ranked among the top five percent in the nation for patient safety in 2013
  • Hospital-wide: Recipient of the Healthgrades Outstanding Patient Experience Award in 2013
  • Hospital-wide: Ranked among the top five percent in the nation for outstanding patient experience in 2013
  • Orthopedic: Five-star recipient for total knee replacement in 2014
  • Orthopedic: Five-star recipient for back surgery in 2014
  • Critical care: Five-star recipient for treatment of Sepsis in 2014

Saint Francis Medical Center

  • Hospital-wide: Recipient of the Healthgrades Outstanding Patient Experience Award for three consecutive years (2011-2013)
  • Hospital-wide: Ranked among the top five percent in the nation for outstanding patient experience in 2013
  • Orthopedic: Five-star recipient for total knee replacement in 2014

More information on the American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2014: Healthgrades Report to the Nation, including the complete methodology, can be found at www.healthgrades.com/quality.

About Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center
Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center, founded more than 120 years ago, is a full-service, 264-bed, nonprofit regional medical center in Lincoln, Nebraska. Since 2004, Saint Elizabeth has been recognized as a Magnet hospital for excellence in nursing. Saint Elizabeth is guided by its core values of reverence, integrity, compassion and excellence to devote funding and resources to programs and services that benefit their patients as well as the health of the greater community. Saint Elizabeth is part of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI). For more information, visit www.SaintElizabethOnline.com.

About Catholic Health Initiatives
Catholic Health Initiatives is a national nonprofit health system with headquarters in Englewood, Colo. The faith-based system operates in 18 states and includes 86 hospitals; 40 long-term care, assisted- and residential-living facilities; two academic medical centers; two community health-services organizations; two accredited nursing colleges; and home health agencies. In fiscal year 2012, CHI provided more than $715 million in charity care and community benefit, including services for the poor, free clinics, education and research. For more information, visit www.CatholicHealthInitiatives.org.

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