GSMC News – GOOD SHEPHERD RANKS AMONG AMERICA’S 50 BEST HOSPITALS
Recognized for outstanding performance by HealthGrades, the leading independent healthcare ratings company.
Good Shepherd Medical Center has announced that it is among the nation’s top five percent of hospitals for overall clinical excellence, according to a study by HealthGrades, the nation’s leading independent healthcare ratings company. Due to its outstanding quality performance, Good Shepherd Medical Center has achieved HealthGrades’ 2007 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™. This is Good Shepherd’s fifth consecutive year to receive the award.
According to the HealthGrades study, patients admitted to a hospital receiving this award are, on average, 28 percent less likely to face mortality and 5 percent less likely to suffer from a major complication. This year, only 266 of the nation’s 4,971 non-federal hospitals will receive this distinction.
Of the hospitals receiving the Distinguished Hospital Award, only 49 have been the recipient for five consecutive years. Good Shepherd is one of only two hospitals in the state of Texas to receive the award five years in a row.
“Providing the highest quality of care is a priority at Good Shepherd Medical Center,” said Ruby Brewer, Vice President of Good Shepherd Health System. “The commitment to providing quality care is demonstrated from the board of directors and medical staff to nursing and other clinical staff. Recognition by an objective third party that recognizes the hard work and dedication of GSMC’s healthcare team is truly an honor.”
Good Shepherd Medical Center also ranks among the top five percent of all hospitals nationally for Orthopaedic Care and Pulmonary Care. Good Shepherd received Specialty Excellence Awards for these two service lines.
Each year, HealthGrades independently analyzes the clinical quality performance of all non-federal hospitals across the country in 28 procedures and diagnoses. Hospitals that receive the HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence are those hospitals that rank in the top five percent when all 28 individual scores are combined into an overall score.
HealthGrades estimates that if all patients were treated at Distinguished Hospitals, 158,264 lives could have been saved and 12,410 post-operative complications could have been avoided during the three years studied.
“We hope awards like this reinforce what many of our patients and their families already know: how highly we value our patients and the quality of care that they receive,” said Jerry D. Adair, President and CEO of Good Shepherd Health System.
“Nothing could be better for our patients, physicians, associates and community than to know that a highly regarded, independent source has determined that Good Shepherd’s overall clinical quality for our patients is at an exceptional level compared to hospitals nationwide. Everyone throughout our organization and in the community should take pride in this tremendous accomplishment.”