ATLANTA, Ga. (November 22, 2010)— HealthGrades®, the leading independent healthcare ratings organization, has published a study finding that Piedmont Hospital is among the top 5 percent in the nation for Overall Cardiology Services. The nation’s nearly 5,000 hospitals were included in this sweeping study, which examined mortality rates and complication rates from 2007, 2008 and 2009 government data.
American households are now the second largest payer of healthcare services, second only to the federal government, and are outspending private business. So it is not surprising that patients are now consuming complex quality information that was once available only to hospitals. Piedmont Hospital wholeheartedly supports all efforts to make quality outcomes available to our community, and we are pleased to announce that the Fuqua Heart Center of Atlanta at Piedmont Hospital received the following HealthGrades 2011 awards and national designations:
- Ranked No. 2 in Georgia for overall cardiac services, cardiac surgery, cardiology and coronary interventional procedures.
- Recipient of the HealthGrades Cardiac Care Excellence Awardtm and ranked among the top 5 percent in the nation for overall cardiac services.
- Recipient of the HealthGrades Cardiac Surgery Excellence Awardtm and ranked among the top 10 percent in the nation.
- Recipient of the HealthGrades Coronary Intervention Awardtm and ranked among the top 10 percent in the nation for coronary interventional procedures.
- Five-star rated for overall cardiac services, cardiology services, coronary bypass surgery, coronary interventional procedures, treatment of heart attack and treatment of heart failure.
Congratulations to physicians and employees of the Fuqua Heart Center and Piedmont Heart Institute. The Thirteenth Annual HealthGrades Hospital Quality in America study, the largest annual report of its kind, analyzed patient outcomes from nearly 40 million Medicare hospitalization records over a three-year period. HealthGrades’ hospital ratings are the leading objective, actionable quality measures based solely on clinical performance made available to the public.
Top-performing hospitals had dramatically lower mortality rates than other hospitals, according to the study. For the 17 procedures and diagnoses for which HealthGrades analyzed mortality rates, patients at top hospitals had a 72 percent lower chance of dying when compared with the lowest-performing hospitals, and a 53 percent lower chance of dying when compared to the U.S. national average.