Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

October 22, 2013

KDMC gets high marks from Healthgrades

Staff report
The Independent

ASHLAND — King’s Daughters Medical Center has been recognized by Healthgrades for multiple clinical quality achievements. Among them, the Medical Center was named one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery for two years in a row (2013-2014).

 “For the second year in a row we are honored to be recognized by Healthgrades as among America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Surgical Care,” said Eric H. Bronstein, M.D., cardiothoracic surgeon at KDMC.

 “Our excellent results are attributable to a comprehensive team approach, which delivers a level of service unmatched by any other program in the area,” he said. “Our Cardiac Surgical program has a long history of ‘taking on the tough cases,’ and this report is just more evidence that if you should need open heart surgery, there is only one Cardiac Surgical program in the region to seek.

 “I am very proud to be a part of KDMC’s Cardiac program and along with our team members, helping our neighbors live longer and healthier lives.”

 Healthgrades, the leading online resource that helps consumers search, compare and connect with physicians and hospitals, evaluated nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 31 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions and identified the 100 best hospitals within each procedure. Also, a 5-star rating indicates that a hospital’s clinical outcomes are better than expected when treating the condition or conducting the procedure being evaluated.

 Other achievements for KDMC include:

Cardiac Care

Recipient of the Healthgrades Cardiac Surgery Excellence Award for two years in a row (2013-2014)

Ranked among the top 10 percent in the nation for cardiac surgery for two years in a row (2013-2014)

Five-Star Recipient for coronary artery bypass for two years in a Row (2013-2014)

Five-Star Recipient for treatment of heart failure in 2014

Neurosciences

Recipient of Healthgrades Stroke Care Excellence Award in 2014

Ranked among the top 10 percent in the nation for treatment of stroke in 2014

Five-Star Recipient for treatment of stroke for three years in a row (2012-2014)

Pulmonary Care

Recipient of the Healthgrades Pulmonary Care Excellence Award for five years in a row (2010-2014)

Ranked among the top 10 percent in the nation for overall pulmonary services for five years in a row (2010-2014)

Five-Star Recipient for treatment for chronicoObstructive pulmonary disease for four years in a row (2011-2014)

Five-Star Recipient for treatment of pneumonia for six years in a row (2009-2014)

 Critical Care

Five-Star Recipient for treatment of sepsis for four years in a row (2011-2014)

Five-Star Recipient for treatment of respiratory failure for 10 years in a row (2005-2014)

 These achievements are part of findings released Monday in “American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2014: Healthgrades Report to the Nation,” which demonstrates how clinical performance differs dramatically between hospitals and the impact this variation may have on health outcomes. According to Healthgrades, if all hospitals as a group, from 2010-2012, performed similarly to hospitals receiving 5-stars as a group, on average 234,252 lives could potentially have been saved and 157,418 complications could potentially have been avoided.