Monday, October 19, 2009

Gwinnett Medical Center Has Higher Rated Healthcare Quality Outcomes Than National Average

HealthGrades Study Places Local Hospital in Top National and State Rankings

Lawrenceville, GA - According to an annual study released this week by the nation's leading independent healthcare ratings organization, HealthGrades, Gwinnett Medical Center is ranked among the top 5 hospitals in the state of Georgia in overall critical care services's. HealthGrades is the nation's leading independent healthcare ratings organization. Among the hospitals assessed by Healthgrades, the overall quality outcomes and ratings place GMC among the top 5% in the nation for clinical excellence for two consecutive years.

The health system's hospital campuses in both Duluth and Lawrenceville also ranked among the top 10% in the nation among the 5,000 hospitals HealthGrades annually assesses for patient outcomes - mortality and complication rates.

According to the HealthGrades Twelfth Annual Hospital Quality in America Study(tm) top-rated hospitals had a 52 percent lower mortality rate than the U.S. national average when looking at the patient outcomes of 17 procedures and diagnoses ranging from bypass surgery to treatment for heart attack. When the top-rated hospitals were compared to the poorest performers, there was an even greater difference, 72 percent lower mortality.

Gwinnett Medical Center received high quality outcomes recognition in the following areas:

* Ranked among the top 5 hospitals in Georgia and 5-Star rated for Treatment of Stroke in 2010
* Ranked best in Gwinnett County for Overall Critical Care Services in 2010
* Five-Star rated for the Treatment of Pneumonia for 6 consecutive years
* Received the highest possible 5-Star ratings for the Treatment of Sepsis for 3 years in a row
* Five-Star rated for the Treatment of Pulmonary Embolism
* Five-Star rated for the Treatment of Heart Attack for 3 years in a row
* Five-Star rated for the Treatment of Heart Failure for 3 years in a row
* Five-Star rated for Hip Fracture Repair for 5 years in a row
* Five-Star rate for Total Hip Replacement

"GMC is committed to transforming healthcare by delivering the highest quality of care, technology and resources to the community and it is an honor to be recognized at both the national and state level," said Phil Wolfe, president and CEO of Gwinnett Medical Center.

In its continuing vision to transform healthcare, Gwinnett Medical Center recently achieved received the green light to move forward with developing an open heart program and opened an 8-story, 155-bed patient tower housing more than $13 million of new technology on its Lawrenceville campus. Gwinnett Medical Center - Duluth is also celebrating its three-year anniversary of providing top quality healthcare this month with the addition of Gwinnett's only robotic Da Vinci surgical system. robot in Gwinnett County to serve several medical specialties. GMC - D ranked in the top 1% of all hospital's nationally (99th percentile) in patient satisfaction for orthopedic diagnoses in ambulatory surgery.

HealthGrades RatingsHealthGrades' hospital ratings and awards reflect the track record of patient outcomes at hospitals in the form of mortality and complication rates.

HealthGrades rates hospitals independently based on data that hospitals submit to the federal government. No hospital can opt in or out of being rated, and no hospital pays to be rated.

For 28 procedures and treatments, HealthGrades issues star ratings that reflect the mortality and complication rates for each category of care. Hospitals receiving a 5-star rating have mortality or complication rates that are below the national average, to a statistically significant degree. A 3-star rating means the hospital performs as expected. One-star ratings indicate the hospital's mortality or complication rates in that procedure or treatment are statistically higher than average. Because the risk profiles of patient populations at hospitals are not alike, HealthGrades risk-adjusts the data to allow for apples-to-apples comparisons.

More information on today's HealthGrades study, including the complete methodology, can be found at www.healthgrades.comhttp://www.healthgrades.com.

About Gwinnett Medical Center:
Now celebrating the 25th anniversary of its flagship campus, Gwinnett Medical Center is a not-for-profit healthcare network providing award-winning healthcare services to the Gwinnett community and beyond. Campuses in both Duluth and Lawrenceville provide acute care, outpatient services, orthopedic and neuroscience specialty care as well as a full continuum of wellness services. Digital imaging is the standard of care at all GMC facilities including the newest imaging center in north Gwinnett's Hamilton Mill area. In 2008, GMC's 4,300 associates and 800 physicians served more than 400,000 patients. Gwinnett Medical Center's incredible vision for the future is to transform healthcare. To learn more, visit www.gwinnettmedicalcenter.org.

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