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HealthPark and Lee Memorial among America's 50 Best hospitals

February 25, 2014
Special to the Reporter (sancapnews@breezenewspapers.com) , Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

HealthPark Medical Center and Lee Memorial Hospital are proud to be named among the nation's 50 best hospitals by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. This impressive distinction places Lee Memorial Hospital and HealthPark Medical Center in the top one percent of hospitals nationwide, out of over 4,500 hospitals evaluated. Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance for nearly every hospital in the nation; no hospital can opt-in or opt-out, and no hospital pays to be evaluated.

"We are proud to be recognized among the top one percent of hospitals in the nation for consistent quality care. Our team has demonstrated a unique ability to sustain that performance year after year in order to earn this distinction," said Jim Nathan, president and chief executive officer of Lee Memorial Health System. "It's one more reason our patients can rest assured they are in the best hands."

Only one percent of hospitals in the nation achieved this level of recognition for their consistent clinical quality based on an unbiased and objective review of clinical outcomes using nine years of data. Being in the top one percent means patients of Lee Memorial Hospital and HealthPark Medical Center are less likely to experience medical or surgical complications, and have the best chances for survival during and after hospitalization.

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"Additionally, we are proud that both Gulf Coast Medical Center and Cape Coral Hospital have also recently received numerous levels of distinction from Healthgrades," said Nathan.

Healthgrades America's 50 Best designation recognizes hospitals for consistent clinical excellence by identifying those that received a Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence for the most consecutive years. Lee Memorial Hospital and HealthPark Medical Center have achieved the Distinguished Hospital award (top five percent in the nation) for eight years in a row. Recognition as top hospitals who have received this award for eight years or more include Mayo Clinic and New York Presbyterian.

These top hospitals are differentiated by their overall clinical excellence and have exhibited consistent superior performance in clinical outcomes for patients across a broad spectrum of care. Hospitals who have achieved this distinction set a clear and formal framework for improving quality which allows teams to evaluate and build on success, and quality is embedded in their culture.

"By choosing a hospital that has achieved the Healthgrades America's 50 Best hospital award, consumers can expect a long-standing commitment to exceptional clinical care and receive a quality of care that is among the highest quality medical care in the nation," said Evan Marks, EVP, Informatics and Strategy, Healthgrades.

Healthgrades.com provides information on objective measures of hospital performance, which allows consumers to compare their local hospitals online at healthgrades.com.

Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance for over 4,500 hospitals across the nation in 36 procedures and conditions annually based on Medicare inpatient data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) database. To learn more about how Healthgrades determines America's Best Hospitals Award recipients, please visit healthgrades.com/quality.

 
 

 

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