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Miami Valley Hospital is Among Top 5% in Nation

HealthGrades Quality Study Identifies Hospitals with Superior Patient Outcomes Across 26 Different Medical Procedures and Diagnosis – Miami Valley is Proud to Contribute to Dayton’s listing as one of the Top 50 Cities for Hospital Care

Dayton, OH (January 26, 2011) – Miami Valley Hospital announced today that HealthGrades, the nation’s most trusted source of health care provider information, has named it a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence for the fifth  consecutive year. This prestigious distinction places Miami Valley Hospital among the Top 5% of hospitals nationwide for clinical performance.

HealthGrades Hospital Quality and Clinical Excellence study, released today, objectively identifies those hospitals with the best overall clinical performance across all 26 medical diagnoses and procedures that the organization rates. These 268 top-performing hospitals represent only 5% of the nation’s hospitals and each is designated as a HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence.

“Miami Valley Hospital can be proud of the contributions of its physicians, nurses and staff in achieving outstanding patient care,” said Dr. Rick May, HealthGrades vice president of clinical quality services and co-author of the study. “The Dayton community is fortunate to have access to some of the highest quality hospital care in the nation.”

Earlier this year, Miami Valley was also ranked number one in Ohio for cardiac surgery by HealthGrades.  Miami Valley was also among the top 5% in the nation for cardiac services, cardiac surgery, pulmonary and critical care.

“We are proud to again receive these important designations as a nationally recognized leader in quality healthcare,” said Bobbie Gerhart, President and Chief Executive Officer of Miami Valley Hospital. “More importantly, our repeat rankings are strong testimony to the skill and dedication of our physicians, nurses and staff members in ensuring that this level of care is the hallmark at Miami Valley each and every day.”

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

The HealthGrades study found that:

  • Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence (Top 5% in the nation) such Miami Valley Hospital outperformed all other hospitals across all of the 17 mortality cohorts and six of nine complication cohorts studied from 2007 through 2009.
  • Specifically, Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence had a 29.82% lower risk-adjusted mortality rate and a 1.91% lower risk-adjusted in-hospital complication rate among Medicare beneficiaries compared to all other hospitals.
  • In fact, if all hospitals performed at this level, 158,684 Medicare lives could potentially have been saved and 3,511 Medicare in-hospital complications could potentially have been avoided.