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MountainStar Hospitals Ranked Among the Best in Utah

November 01, 2012

Salt Lake City, UT – MountainStar hospitals throughout Utah received national recognition for achieving exceptional patient outcomes during the past three years. In its annual study, Healthgrades®, the nation’s leading independent ratings organization, ranked St. Mark’s Hospital, Lakeview Hospital, Ogden Regional Medical Center and Mountain View Hospital among the best in the United States and in Utah for quality outcomes in multiple areas of patient care.     

“This outstanding recognition belongs to the many caregivers and support staff at every MountainStar hospital who are dedicated to delivering the best patient care possible,” explains Pamela Bennett, vice president of quality at MountainStar Healthcare. “Through their considerable efforts, we consistently follow best practices at each hospital. We also develop and successfully implement quality improvement measures that are then implemented throughout our entire healthcare system.”

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. The study analyzed data provided by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

According Healthgrades, this is the first time Americans can directly link the selection of a doctor to the hospital where they practice. This capability gives the healthcare consumer the power to differentiate the likelihood of a better health outcome on the basis of the hospitals objective quality measures, such as mortality, complications, safety and patient satisfaction.

The 10th annual Healthgrades study includes rankings based on patient outcomes in multiple areas of treatment including cardiac care, stroke care and orthopedic services. The following MountainStar hospitals achieved top rankings this year in comparison to other hospitals in Utah and across the nation.

St. Mark’s Hospital

  • Ranked #2 in the state for spine surgery (2013)
  • Ranked in the Top 5 in Utah for overall orthopedic services for 11 years in a row (2003-2013)
  • Ranked among the Top 5 in the state for critical care and overall pulmonary services (2013)
  • Achieved the HealthGrades Women's Health Excellence Award™ -- and ranked among the Top 5 percent in the nation for women’s health for two years in a row (2011-2012)

Lakeview Hospital

  • One of HealthGrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals for orthopedic surgery™ (2013)
  • One of HealthGrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals for joint replacement™ (2013)
  • Ranked #1 in Utah for overall orthopedic services for three years in a row (2011-2013)
  • Ranked among the Top 5 percent in the nation for joint replacement, and among the Top 10 percent for overall orthopedic services (2013)

Ogden Regional Medical Center

  • Ranked Among the Top 10 in Utah for critical care and overall pulmonary services (2013)
  • Five-star rated for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) treatment (2013)
  • Earned the HealthGrades Maternity Care Excellence Award™ for eight years in a row (2005-2012)
  • Ranked Among the Top 10 percent in the nation for maternity care for 10 consecutive years (2003-2012)

Mountain View Hospital

  • Five-star rated for pulmonary embolism treatment for two years in a row (2012-2013)
  • Achieved the HealthGrades Maternity Care Excellence Award™ (2012)
  • Ranked Among the Top 10 percent in the nation for maternity care (2012)

For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 40 million Medicare hospitalization records for services performed from 2009 through 2011 at approximately 4,500 short-term, acute care hospitals nationwide. Here are some key findings:

  • A total of 183,534 in-hospital complications could potentially have been avoided if all hospitals performed at a five star level.  
  • From 2005 to 2011, the nation’s average in-hospital risk-adjusted mortality rate improved 22 percent across 16 of the common procedures and conditions studied by Healthgrades, such as COPD, heart failure and stroke.
  • On average, patients treated at a five-star hospital have a 61 percent lower risk of experiencing a complication than in a one-star hospital (based on 2009-2011 data across nine common procedures and diagnoses such as total knee replacement, gallbladder, and spine surgeries).

The 2013 Healthgrades hospital quality outcomes were posted on October 23, 2012 and are free to the public at www.healthgrades.com. Healthgrades independently measures hospitals based on data that hospitals submit to the federal government. No hospital can opt in or out of the analysis, and no hospital pays to be measured. Healthgrades risk adjusts for patient demographic characteristics and clinical risk factors, thereby taking into account how sick patients are upon admission.