4 local hospitals named ‘Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence’

PROVIDENCE – Four local hospitals, two each at Southcoast Health and Lifespan Corp., have been named “Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence” by Healthgrades Operating Co. on its website Tuesday, marking them among the top 5 percent among nearly 4,500 hospitals in the United States.

Southcoast’s St. Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford and Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River, and Lifespan’s Rhode Island Hospital and The Miriam Hospital, both in Providence, were all named to the rating company’s list of top hospitals for clinical care.

The medical centers were ranked among those with the lowest risk-adjusted mortality and complication rates during the 2018 study period between 2014 and 2016. The study rated results for patients in the Medicare population across at least 21 of 32 common conditions and procedures, as measured by objective clinical outcomes performance data (risk-adjusted mortality and in-hospital complications).

Patients treated in hospitals receiving the Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence Award have a 26.3 percent lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals without the designation, according to Healthgrades.

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“When you spend time in a Southcoast Health facility, whether as a patient or a visitor, it is clear that the mission of our employees is to deliver both clinical excellence and personalized care that is unmatched,” said Keith A. Hovan, president and CEO of Southcoast Health. “Southcoast Health physicians, nurses and staff work tirelessly to achieve the very best results for patients, and I am pleased that this award from Healthgrades has further highlighted their tremendous efforts.”

Rhode Island Hospital President Margaret M. Van Bree said to be among the top 5 percent of hospitals in the United States is a hard-earned honor. “Our most important goal is to deliver the highest-quality care to our patients and we are extremely proud that our success has been recognized yet again with the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence,” she said.

“The Miriam is increasingly a hospital of choice for many Rhode Islanders because of our outstanding clinical outcomes,” said The Miriam Hospital President Arthur Sampson. “It’s a credit to the remarkable teamwork that our clinicians, nurses, administrators and support staff demonstrate every day.”

Dr. Brad Bowman, chief medical officer, Healthgrades, said, “We commend hospitals that have achieved Healthgrades’ 2018 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence, demonstrating a steadfast commitment to high-quality care for their patients. Hospitals that meet these high-quality standards will continue to distinguish themselves with consumers making decisions about where to receive care.”

Rob Borkowski is a PBN staff writer. Email him at Borkowski@PBN.com.