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Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington County Named a Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Heart Failure by Healthgrades

Lourdes Burlington also recognized for treatment of COPD, heart attack, and diabetic emergencies

Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington County has achieved five-stars for its performance in the treatment of heart failure from Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. This is the fourth year in a row (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019) that Lourdes Burlington has received this award.

Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington County also achieved five-stars for its treatment of heart attack, diabetic emergencies, as well as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). This is the second year in row that Lourdes Burlington (2018, 2019) has achieved five-stars for COPD.

The achievements are part of new findings and data recently released by Healthgrades and featured in the Healthgrades 2019 Report to the Nation.

“It is an honor for our team to have earned these awards,” said Mark Nessel, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Lourdes Health System. “The Healthgrades distinction reflects our commitment to quality care and our development of strong transition programs to prevent hospital readmissions. I thank our team for their diligent work in achieving these successes.”

Every year, Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance at nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 32 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions. Healthgrades new report demonstrates how clinical performance continues to differ dramatically between hospitals regionally and nationally.

A five-star rating indicates that Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington County’s clinical outcomes are statistically significantly better than expected.

“Clinical quality varies significantly between hospitals, so it’s important for consumers to use information about outcomes to assess where to receive care,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Healthgrades. “A 5-star rating for heart failure, heart attack, COPD, and diabetic emergencies, showcases the expertise and commitment of Lourdes Burlington to their patients.”

Building on the success of previous Healthgrades awards, Lourdes Burlington’s Heart Failure team designed a comprehensive educational program for its nursing and ancillary staff called “Rise Above Heart Failure.”

“With the collaboration of physician and nursing leadership, we implemented a heart failure education and training program as a way to further elevate our care management at Lourdes,” said Theresa Rowe, MSN, CRNP, director of Heart Failure Services at Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington County. “Our ultimate goal continues to be helping heart failure patients learn self-care techniques, recognizing early signs and symptoms, and properly following-up to prevent readmissions for heart failure.

“Combining our Healthgrades award with our team’s commitment to continuous quality care, we aim to provide supreme heart care right here in South Jersey.”

*For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 45 million Medicare inpatient records for nearly 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide to assess hospital performance in 32 common conditions and procedures, and evaluate outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 15 states. 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 2019 Report to the Nation and detailed study methodology, can be found at www.healthgrades.com/quality.

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