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Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center Named Among Top 5% in Nation for Clinical Performance by HealthGrades

Study Identifies Hospitals with Superior Patient Outcomes across 26 Medical Diagnoses and Procedures

CAMDEN, N.J.    Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center announced today that HealthGrades, the nation’s leading independent healthcare ratings organization, has named it a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence. This prestigious distinction places Our Lady of Lourdes among the top five percent of hospitals nationwide for clinical performance.

The  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. HealthGrades evaluates each of the nation’s 5,000 nonfederal hospitals to come up with the top five percent, equating to only 263 hospitals nationwide. This select group of hospitals is then each designated as a HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence.

“This clinical achievement is evidence of the tremendous effort and laser-like focus we have on delivering superior clinical quality,” said Alexander J. Hatala, President and CEO of Lourdes Health System. “Lourdes’ ranking among the top hospitals in the nation undoubtedly reflects our dedication to improving the lives of the patients we serve by providing the safest, highest quality of care possible.”

Lourdes has built a system-wide culture in which quality improvement is the focus of every employee’s job, everyday. By investing in technology that provides real-time information, using that data to drive decision making and engaging multidisciplinary teams to develop treatment protocols that improve outcomes, Lourdes has implemented an effective infrastructure to ensure its health system achieves the highest standards of quality and patient care.

“Our Lady of Lourdes can be proud of the contributions of its physicians, nurses and staff in achieving outstanding patient care,” said Kristin Reed, MPH, HealthGrades vice president of hospital ratings and author of the study. “The South Jersey community is fortunate to have access to some of the highest quality hospital care in the nation.”

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.

The HealthGrades study found that:

  • Distinguished Hospitals can be found in 38 states. The top cities for hospital quality, determined by having the highest percentage of Distinguished Hospitals in a Designated Market Area (DMA), are found in 26 states.
  • Specifically, Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence had a 30.07% lower risk-adjusted mortality rate and a 1.86% lower risk-adjusted in-hospital complication rate among Medicare beneficiaries compared to all other hospitals.
  • In fact, 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.
About Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center

Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center is a regional referral center, known for providing the most sophisticated levels of care. For over five decades, the medical center has been committed to enhancing the health and well-being of South Jersey residents and beyond.

The 410-bed teaching hospital offers many specialty services, including: Lourdes Cardiology, one of the largest providers of cardiac services in the Delaware Valley; the Regional Perinatal Center for high-risk mothers and infants; the Lourdes Regional Rehabilitation Center; and the Center for Organ Transplantation. Lourdes is the only hospital in the state approved to perform kidney, pancreas and liver transplants.

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.com. HealthGrades hospital quality distinctions are independently created; no hospital can opt-in or opt-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

HealthGrades, headquartered in Denver, Colorado, is a leading provider of comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. More than 200 million consumers use the HealthGrades websites, including HealthGrades.com to research, select, and connect with a physician or hospital, and use its comprehensive information about clinical outcomes, patient satisfaction, patient safety, and health conditions to make more informed healthcare decisions and take action.

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For media inquiries, please contact Lauren Ward at  WardL@lourdesnet.org  or (856) 705-1375.

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