Hospitals in the Lee Memorial Health System rank in the top 10 percent of hospitals in the nation, according to a new report from Healthgrades, the leading provider of information to help consumers make an informed decision about a physician or hospital. The report, "American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2013: Healthgrades Report to the Nation," evaluates how approximately 4,500 hospitals nationwide performed on risk-adjusted mortality and complication rates for nearly 30 of the most common conditions treated and procedures performed from 2009 through 2011.
Lee Memorial Health System was recognized for many of its specialties, most notably, Lee Memorial Hospital received the Joint Replacement Excellence Award, is among the top 5 percent in the nation for Joint Replacement in both 2012 and 2013, and ranked second statewide in 2013. Lee Memorial Hospital was named one of Healthgrades America's 100 Best Hospitals for Joint Replacement for 2012 and 2013.
HealthPark Medical Center received the Healthgrades Coronary Intervention Excellence Award for 2013, ranked fourth statewide, and was among the top 10 percent in the nation for Cardiology Services in 2013.
Collectively, these two hospitals were the recipient of Healthgrades Stroke Care Excellence Award, ranked among the top 10 percent in the nation for treatment of stroke, for 5 consecutive years (2009 2013), and ranked in the top ten in Florida for Neurosciences in 2013.
Gulf Coast Medical Center was recognized as one of Healthgrades America's 100 Best Hospitals for Pulmonary Care for both 2012 and 2013, and ranked best in the state for Overall Pulmonary Services, 2013. Cape Coral Hospital received the Healthgrades Pulmonary Care Excellence Award and ranked among the top 10 percent in the nation for Overall Pulmonary Services in 2013.
Hospital outcomes and complication rates are important in the eyes of consumers making choices today about their healthcare. According to new research conducted by Harris Interactive for Healthgrades, 90 percent of Americans in 27 top designated market areas agree they would be more likely to choose-or not choose-a hospital if they could learn ahead of time their chances of complications for a certain procedure.
"We are honored by this recognition and proud of our reputation as we continue to rank among the best in the nation. These achievements are the result of each and every person involved in our health system and their dedication to the safety and well-being of our patients. Lee Memorial Health System is defined by the compassionate hands that heal our families, friends, and neighbors our community - every day," said Jim Nathan, President of Lee Memorial Health System.
More information on the American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2013: Healthgrades Report to the Nation, including the complete methodology, can be found at www.LeeMemorial.org/awards