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Healthgrades has recognized Penrose-St. Francis Health Services as one of the top 50 hospitals....
 
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When it comes to your health care, you should never compromise. Penrose-St. Francis Health Services has been recognized as the only Colorado recipient of HealthGrades America's 50 Best Hospitals for 7 consecutive years, placing us in the top 1% of hospitals in the nation. There are only 15 hospitals in the United States to achieve this award for seven straight years.

Penrose-St. Francis Health Services superior clinical quality has placed it among an elite group of U.S. hospitals: HealthGrades America's 50 Best Hospitals. Both Penrose Hospital and St. Francis Medical Center worked to collectively be recognized with this distinction. These hospitals together are the only named recipient in the state of Colorado.

To achieve this honor, a hospital must have had risk-adjusted mortality and complication rates that allow them to rank among the top five percent in the nation for the most consecutive years. In fact, Penrose-St. Francis has done so for eight years in a row. The America's 50 Best Hospitals represent the top one percent of hospitals in the entire country for healthcare quality and, on average, their patients had a nearly 30 percent lower risk of death and 3.45 percent lower rate of complications. Penrose-St. Francis has achieved this for four years in a row, demonstrating consistent superiority and a culture that strives for the very best care for its patients each and every year.

HealthGrades study found that if all U.S. hospitals performed at the level of Penrose-St. Francis, more than a half million Medicare deaths could have been prevented between 1999 and 2009. The study was based on an analysis of more than 140 million Medicare patient records.

HealthGrades Americas 50 Best study compared the performance of hospitals like Penrose-St. Francis to all others and found:

  • If all hospitals performed at the level of the HealthGrades America's 50 Best, approximately 55,000 Medicare patient deaths, or 550,000 over the last decade, could have been prevented.
  • Compared with all other hospitals, the HealthGrades America's 50 Best had risk adjusted mortality rates that were, on average, 28.59 percent lower and risk-adjusted in-hospital complication rates that were 3.45 percent lower.
  • 86 percent are not-for-profit or local government entities. 
  • For some procedures and treatments, the variation was much wider. For treatment of pneumonia, the 50 Best hospitals had, on average, a 43.82 percent lower risk-adjusted mortality, and for treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease the hospitals had, on average, 42.81 percent lower risk adjusted mortality.

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Additionally, HealthGrades found that Penrose-St. Francis Health Services is among the Top 10 percent in the nation for superior quality performance in:




America's Best 100 Hospitals
One of HealthGrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery™ for two years in a row (2013, 2014)
One of HealthGrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Critical Care™ for 2 Years in a Row (2012-2013)
One of Healthgrades America's 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Care™ in 2014
One of Healthgrades America's 100 Best Hospitals for Pulmonary Care™ in 2014

Bariatrics
FIve-Star Recipient for Bariatric Surgery 2013 

Cardiology
Recipient of the Healthgrades Cardiac Care Excellence Award™ in 2014
Ranked Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Overall Cardiac Services in 2014
Ranked Among the Top 10 in CO for Overall Cardiac Services for 11 Years in a Row (2003-2013) (Ranked 7 in 2013)
Ranked Among the Top 5 in CO for Cardiac Surgery in 2013 (Ranked 4 in 2013)
Ranked Among the Top 10 in CO for Cardiology Services for 11 Years in a Row (2003-2013) (Ranked 9 in 2013)
Five-Star Recipient for Coronary Bypass Surgery in 2013
Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Heart Attack for 3 Years in a Row (2012-2014)
Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Heart Failure for 12 Years in a Row (2003-2014)
Ranked #7 in CO for Overall Cardiac Services in 2013
Ranked #4 in CO for Cardiac Surgery in 2013
Ranked #9 in CO for Cardiology Services in 2013

Distinguished Hospital
Recipient of the Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence 2014


Emergency Medicine
Recipient of the HealthGrades Emergency Medicine Excellence Award™ for 3 Years in a Row (2010-2012)*
Ranked Among the Top 5% in the Nation for Emergency Medicine for 3 Years in a Row (2010-2012)*
Five-Star Recipient for Emergency Medicine for 3 Years in a Row (2010-2012)*

Critical Care
Recipient of the HealthGrades Critical Care Excellence Award™ for 10 Years in a Row (2005-2014)
Ranked Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Critical Care for 10 Years in a Row (2005-2014)
Ranked #5 in CO for Critical Care in 2013
Ranked Among the Top 5 in CO for Critical Care for 8 Years in a Row (2006-2013) (Ranked 5 in 2013)
Five-Star Recipient for Overall Critical Care for 9 Years in a Row (2005-2013)
Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Sepsis for 11 Years in a Row (2004-2014)
Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Pulmonary Embolism for 10 Years in a Row (2005-2014)
Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Respiratory Failure for 10 Years in a Row (2005-2014)

General Surgery
Five-Star Rated for Treatment of Bowel Obstruction

Gastrointestinal Medical Treatment
Recipient of the Healthgrades Gastrointestinal Care Excellence Award™ in 2014
Ranked Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Overall GI Services in 2014
FIve-Star Recipient for Esophageal/Stomach Surgeries in 2014
Five-Star Recipient for Colorectal Surgeries in 2014
Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of GI Bleed in 2014
Ranked Among the Top 10 in CO for GI Services for 9 Years in a Row (2005-2013) (Ranked 9 in 2013)
Ranked Among the Top 10 in CO for General Surgery for 2 Years in a Row (2012-2013) (Ranked 6 in 2013)
Ranked Among the Top 10 in CO for GI Medical Treatment for 9 Years in a Row (2005-2013) (Ranked 8 in 2013)
Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Bowel Obstruction for 10 Years in a Row (2004-2013)
Ranked #9 in CO for GI Services in 2013
Ranked #6 in CO for General Surgery in 2013
Ranked #8 in CO for GI Medical Treatment in 2013

Neurosciences
Ranked #5 in CO for Neurosciences in 2012
Ranked #3 in CO for Neurosurgery in 2012
Ranked Among the Top 5 in CO for Neurosciences in 2012 (Ranked 5 in 2012)
Ranked Among the Top 5 in CO for Neurosurgery in 2012 (Ranked 3 in 2012)
Five-Star Rated for Neurosurgery in 2012

Orthopedics
Recipient of the HealthGrades Orthopedic Surgery Excellence Award™ for 2 years in a row (2013, 2014)
Recipient of the HealthGrades Joint Replacement Excellence Award™ for 4 years in a row (2011-2014)
Ranked Among the Top 5% in the Nation for Overall Orthopedic Services in 2013 and 2014
Ranked Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Joint Replacement for 4 years in a row (2011 - 2014)
Ranked #1 in CO for Overall Orthopedic Services in 2013
Ranked #2 in CO for Joint Replacement in 2013
Ranked #3 in CO for Spine Surgery in 2013
Ranked Among the Top 5 in CO for Overall Orthopedic Services for 3 years in a row (2011-2013) (Ranked 1 in 2013)
Ranked Among the Top 5 in CO for Joint Replacement for 3 years in a row (2011-2013) (Ranked 2 in 2013)
Ranked Among the Top 5 in CO for Spine Surgery for 3 years in a row (2011-2013) (Ranked 3 in 2013)
Five-Star Recipient for Overall Orthopedic Services for 3 years in a row (2011-2013)
Five-Star Recipient for Joint Replacement for 3 years in a row (2011-2013)
Five-Star Recipient for Spine Surgery for 3 years in a row (2011-2013)
Five-Star Recipient for Total Knee Replacement for 4 years in a row (2011-2014)
Five-Star Recipient for Total Hip Replacement for 4 years in a row (2011-2014)
Five-Star Recipient for Hip Fracture Treatment for 2 years in a row (2013, 2014)
Five-Star Recipient for Back and Neck Surgery (Spinal Fusion) for 4 years in a row (2011-2014)

Pulmonary Services
Recipient of the HealthGrades Pulmonary Care Excellence Award™ for 10 Years in a Row (2005-2014)
Ranked Among the Top 5% in the Nation for Overall Pulmonary Services for 2 Years in a Row 2013, 2014
Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease for 2 Years in a Row 2013, 2014
Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Pneumonia for 12 Years in a Row (2003-2014)
Ranked #6 in CO for Overall Pulmonary Services in 2013
Ranked Among the Top 10 in CO for Overall Pulmonary Services for 11 Years in a Row (2003-2013) (Ranked 6 in 2013)
Five-Star Recipient for Overall Pulmonary Services for 9 Years in a Row (2005-2013)

Stroke Care
Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Stroke in 2014
Ranked Among the Top 5 or 10 in Colorado for Treatment of Stroke
Five-Star Rated for Treatment of Stroke for 7 Years in a Row (2006-2012


Women's Health
Recipient of the HealthGrades Women's Health Excellence Award™ for 5 Years in a Row (2009-2013)
Ranked Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Women's Health for 5 Years in a Row (2009 - 2013)
Five-Star Recipient for Women's Health for 5 Years in a Row (2009-2013)

Vascular

Recipient of the HealthGrades Vascular Surgery Excellence Award™ for 2 Years in a Row (2012-2013)
Ranked Among the Top 5% in the Nation for Vascular Surgery for 2 Years in a Row (2012-2013)
Ranked #1 in CO for Vascular Surgery for 2 Years in a Row (2012-2013)
Ranked Among the Top 5 in CO for Vascular Surgery for 2 Years in a Row (2012-2013) (Ranked 1 in 2013)
Five-Star Recipient for Vascular Surgery for 2 Years in a Row (2012-2013)
Five-Star Recipient for Carotid Surgery for 3 Years in a Row (2012-2014)
Five-Star Recipient for Peripheral Vascular Bypass for 2 Years in a Row (2012-2013)

The nation's nearly 5,000 hospitals were all included in this sweeping study, which examined mortality rates and complication rates from government data from 2007, 2008 and 2009.

What does this designation mean for patient care?
Top-performing hospitals, like Penrose-St. Francis, have 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 have 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.When looking at rates of complication across 10 procedures studied, there was an 80 percent lower chance of experiencing one or more complications in a 5-star rated hospital compared to a 1-star rated hospital. When comparing 5-star rated hospitals to the U.S. hospital average the chance is 63 percent lower of developing one or more in-hospital complication.

How does HealthGrades rate hospitals?
HealthGrades rates hospitals independently based on data that hospitals submit to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. No hospital can opt in or out of being rated, and no hospital pays to be rated. For 26 procedures and medical 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 equal comparisons.

More information on the HealthGrades study, the complete methodology and comparisons to other hospitals can be found at www.healthgrades.com.

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*Healthgrades discontinued the Emergency Medicine Excellence Award January 1, 2013.

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