Oct 15, 2009 -
ECHN Hospitals Receive High Ratings in Several Areas of Care
from Leading Healthcare Independent Ratings Organization
A study issued today by HealthGrades, the leading independent healthcare ratings organization, finds that Eastern Connecticut Health Network's (ECHN) Manchester Memorial Hospital (MMH) is among the top 10 percent in the nation for pulmonary and GI surgery care, and Rockville General Hospital (RGH) is among the top 5 percent in the nation for pulmonary care. The nation's nearly 5,000 nonfederal hospitals were all included in the sweeping study, which examined mortality rates and complication rates from government data from 2006, 2007 and 2008.
As a result, MMH and RGH received the 2010 HealthGrades Pulmonary Care Excellence Award™, and in the area of GI services, MMH received the HealthGrades Gastrointestinal Surgery Excellence Award™. (RGH did not have the number of cases necessary to be included in this study).
The 2010 Clinical Achievements for ECHN include:
- MMH & RGH: Five-Star Rated for Treatment of Heart Attack
- MMH: Five-Star Rated for Treatment of Heart Failure
- MMH: Ranked Among the Top 5 in CT for Overall Critical Care
- RGH: Five-Star Rated for Treatment of Stroke
- RGH: Ranked Among the Top 10 in CT for Treatment of Stroke
- MMH & RGH: Five-Star Rated for Treatment of Sepsis
- MMH & RGH: Five-Star Rated for Overall Pulmonary Services
- RGH: Ranked Among the Top 5 in CT for Overall Pulmonary Services
- MMH: Ranked Among the Top 10 in CT for Overall Pulmonary Services
- MMH & RGH: Five-Star Rated for Treatment of Pneumonia
- MMH & RGH: Five-Star Rated for Treatment of Respiratory Failure
- RGH: Five-Star Rated for Treatment of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
- MMH & RGH: Five-Star Rated for GI Procedures and Surgeries
- MMH: Ranked Among the Top 5% in the Nation for GI Surgery
- MMH: Five-Star Rated for GI Surgery
- MMH: Ranked Among the Top 5 in CT for GI Services
- MMH: Ranked Among the Top 10 in CT for GI Surgery
- RGH: Five-Star Rated for Treatment of Bowel Obstruction
"At ECHN we are fully committed to clinical excellence and patient safety across our entire health system," says Peter J. Karl, President and CEO of Eastern Connecticut Health Network. "To be recognized with these outstanding HealthGrades quality ratings in so many critical areas at both hospitals validates the strength of our clinical leadership and the dedicated efforts of our physicians, nurses, technologists, and staff. We are extremely proud of this accomplishment."
The HealthGrades twelfth annual Hospital Quality in America study, the largest annual report of its kind, analyzed patient outcomes from nearly 40 million Medicare hospitalization records.
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 52 percent lower chance of dying when compared to the U.S. national average.
"We are highly focused on patient outcomes and safety and have policies and procedures in place that ensure the highest quality of patient care," says Leona Crosskey, Vice President for Quality Improvement at ECHN. "Our goal has always been to do better than the national average, and the HealthGrades 5-star ratings confirm our success."