Lourdes Health is among America’s 100 Best Hospitals in the nation for Spine Surgery, according to research by Healthgrades, the leading resource that connects consumers, physicians, and health systems. This is the second year in a row that Lourdes has been recognized for this award and is also named as the only hospital in Washington State to achieve this honor in 2020 and 2021.
“The importance of hospital quality is top of mind for consumers, as they are becoming more aware of the differences of care provided by different hospitals. Consumers can feel confident knowing that hospitals that are recognized for their performance in Spine Surgery provide high-quality care and superior outcomes,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades.
“We are grateful for this recognition from Healthgrades and proud of our incredible teams who make this possible,” said Joanie White-Wagoner, Chief Executive Officer at Lourdes Health. “We are committed to quality, excellence, and positive patient outcomes, and this award reflects the dedication and contribution of our healthcare providers.”
Where consumers choose to receive healthcare services can affect their chances of experiencing a complication, which may prolong recovery, or even affect their chances of dying. For example, a patient might be surprised to learn that their risk of having a back and neck surgery complication is, on average, 77.9% lower at a hospital with a 5-star rating than if they were treated in a hospital with a 1-star rating.* Lourdes achieved a 5-star rating in Back and Neck Surgery in 2019, 2020, and again in 2021.
For its 2021 analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 45 million Medicare inpatient records between 2017 and 2019 at nearly 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide to assess hospital performance in 32 common conditions and procedures. The Healthgrades Specialty Excellence Awards – such as Lourdes Health’s Spine Surgery Excellence Award – recognize hospitals with superior performance in specific specialty lines and specialty focus areas.
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 (significantly better-than-expected outcomes), 3-star (not statistically different from expected outcomes) and 1-star (statistically significantly worse-than-expected outcomes).
View the full list of 2021 Specialty Excellence Award™ recipients here. The complete Healthgrades 2021 Report to the Nation and detailed study methodology, can be found at https://partners.healthgrades.com/healthgrades-quality-solutions/healthgrades-quality-awards/
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