Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

October 24, 2012

OLBH ranked No. 1 in state for general surgery and GI services

Staff Writer
The Independent

RUSSELL — Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital was ranked No. 1 in Kentucky for general surgery for the second straight year and No. 1 in Kentucky and best in the region for gastroenterology (GI) services for 2013, according to a report from HealthGrades.

This recognition is part of new findings released Tuesday in American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2013: Healthgrades Report to the Nation, which evaluates the performance of approximately 4,500 hospitals nationwide across nearly 30 procedures and conditions. Results are based on HealthGrades’ 15th annual Healthcare Consumerism and Hospital Quality in America study, which analyzes patient outcomes at virtually all of the nation’s hospitals.

A 5-star quality measurement from HealthGrades indicates that OLBH’s clinical performance is better than expected. In the 2013 HealthGrades ratings, specific highlights for OLBH include:

‰Ranked number one in Kentucky for GI services in 2013

‰Ranked number one in Kentucky for general surgery for two years in a row

‰Ranked among the top five in Kentucky for GI services for five years in a row (2009-2013)

‰Ranked among the top five in Kentucky for general surgery for two years in a row

‰Five-star recipient for GI procedures and surgeries for five years in a row

‰Five-star recipient for cholecystectomy in 2013

“Because of our exceptional staff and physicians, OLBH continues to be ranked number one in Kentucky for both surgery and GI services,” said OLBH senior vice president of Patient Care Services and chief nursing officer, Jennifer Moore. “As a result of our dedicated surgical and anesthesia team, we are changing lives and improving the health of our patients which is our focus and priority."

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. Healthgrades found that patients treated in hospitals receiving 5 stars had, on average, 75 percent lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals receiving 1 star (across 18 common procedures and diagnoses, such as heart bypass surgery, stroke, and pneumonia).

Healthgrades independently measures hospitals based on data that hospitals submit to the federal government. No hospital can opt in or out of being measured, 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 hospital admission.

“Nearly 50 million surgeries are performed each year in the United States,” Teresa Strickland, OLBH’s director of Surgical Services, said. “That is a lot of procedures. To know that OLBH is rated number one in the state of Kentucky goes to show we have some of the best physicians and staff in the nation right here at OLBH.”

More information on the American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2013: Healthgrades Report to the Nation, including the complete methodology, can be found at healthgrades.com/quality. For more information about OLBH, visit the hospital’s website at olbh.com.