Floyd Memorial Ranked Among the Top 5% of Hospitals Nationwide-Again

January 26, 2011

Floyd Memorial Hospital and Health Services has earned the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence for the third year in a row from HealthGrades, the nation’s leading independent healthcare ratings organization for consumers.

The award once again places Floyd Memorial Hospital among the Top 5% of hospitals nationwide for clinical excellence.  Floyd Memorial is the only hospital in Kentuckiana and one of only five hospitals in Indiana to be designated as a 2011 Distinguished Hospital by HealthGrades, which studied nearly 5,000 hospitals.

“This quality award is particularly gratifying because it is based on an independent evaluation of our overall quality of care,” said Mark Shugarman, president and chief executive officer of Floyd Memorial Hospital and Health Services.  “This award is directly attributable to the exceptional physicians, nurses and associates who are committed to delivering the highest quality of patient care – every day.” 

Each year, HealthGrades conducts the most comprehensive study of hospital quality in America, objectively identifying those hospitals with the best overall clinical performance across 26 medical procedures and diagnoses.  Hospitals receiving the HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence are those hospitals that rank among the top five percent nationally when all 26 ratings are aggregated into a comprehensive score. A total of 268 hospitals nationwide, out of nearly 5,000 evaluated, earned the 2011 Distinguished Hospital Award. 

Floyd Memorial Hospital achieved top ratings across all service areas, including heart care, orthopedics and general surgery in the HealthGrades Hospital Quality and Clinical Excellence Study.  In addition, Floyd Memorial’s cardiac services, cardiac surgery, gastrointestinal services and surgery were rated “Best in Louisville/Southern Indiana” in the 2011 HealthGrades Hospital Quality in America Study, which also ranked Floyd Memorial’s cardiovascular and gastrointestinal surgery programs #1 in the state of Indiana. 

 “Floyd Memorial Hospital and Health Services delivers outstanding patient care,” said Dr. Rick May, HealthGrades vice president of clinical quality services and co-author of the clinical excellence study. “The Kentuckiana community is fortunate to have access to some of the highest quality hospital care in the nation.”

Unlike other hospital quality studies, HealthGrades evaluates hospitals solely on clinical outcomes: risk-adjusted mortality and in-hospital complications.  Its analysis is based on approximately 40 million Medicare discharges for the years 2007, 2008 and 2009. Using top-performing hospitals as a benchmark, HealthGrades quantifies the differences in hospital quality in terms of lives lost and unexpected complications. 

Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence, such as Floyd Memorial Hospital, had a 30% lower risk-adjusted mortality rate and a 2% lower risk-adjusted in-hospital complication rate among Medicare patients compared to all other hospitals.  In fact, if all hospitals performed at this level, potentially 158,684 Medicare lives could have been saved and 3,511 Medicare in-hospital complications could have been avoided.