National Study: St. Thomas More Hospital is a Healthgrades Five-Star Recipient for Multiple Specialties

(CANON CITY, COLO.) St. Thomas More Hospital (STMH) today announced that it has received 5 stars for the quality of care in multiple specialties from Healthgrades, the leading online resource helping consumers make informed decisions in order to find the right doctor, the right hospital and the right care. The specialties awarded this 5-star distinction include treatment of heart failure in 2015, total knee replacement for four years in a row (2012-2015), hip fracture treatment for nine years in a row (2007-2015), gallbladder removal surgery in 2015, and appendectomy in 2015. These achievements are part of new findings and data released today on Healthgrades.com and in the Healthgrades 2015 Report to the Nation. Every year, Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance at over 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 33 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions.

The new report demonstrates how clinical performance continues to differ dramatically between hospitals and the impact that this variation may have on health outcomes and organizational costs. For example, from 2011-2013, if all hospitals as a group, performed similarly to hospitals receiving 5-stars as a group, on average 228,426 lives could potentially have been saved and 169,298 complications could potentially have been avoided.*

A 5-star rating indicates that St. Thomas Mores clinical outcomes are better than expected when treating the condition or conducting the procedure being evaluated.

Were so proud to have earned these Healthgrades awards that support our efforts to provide safe, high quality patient care in Fremont County and surrounding communities, said Sheri Trahern, C.P.A., M.B.A., F.A.C.H.E., St. Thomas More Hospitals Chief Executive Officer. Im especially proud that we continue to provide patients with outstanding clinical outcomes, right here in our community. I congratulate all of our physicians and health care providers because these awards are a direct result of their dedication to providing quality, compassionate care.
For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 40 million Medicare-patient records for nearly 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide, assessing hospital performance relative to each of 33 common conditions and procedures. Healthgrades recognizes a hospitals quality achievements for cohort-specific performance, specialty area performance, and overall clinical quality. Individual procedure or condition cohorts are designated as 5-star (statistically better than expected), 3-star (statistically as expected) and 1-star (statistically worse than expected) categories.

The Healthgrades analysis shows that not all hospitals perform equally in all procedures, so it is important that consumers do their homework when selecting a hospital, said Evan Marks, Chief Strategy Officer, Healthgrades. Those hospitals that have achieved the Healthgrades distinction have demonstrated a commitment to exceptional clinical quality care.

Detailed performance information, such as cohort-specific outcomes data and quality achievements, as well as more information on the Healthgrades 2015 Report to the Nation, including the complete methodology, can be found at www.healthgrades.com/quality. For more information on St. Thomas More Hospital services, visit www.stmhospital.org.

*Statistics are based on Healthgrades analysis of MedPAR data for years 2011 through 2013 and represent 3-year estimates for Medicare patients only.

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About St. Thomas More Hospital
St. Thomas More Hospital, a not-for-profit acute care facility, is the cornerstone of health care services for Fremont County and surrounding communities. Hospital services include 24-hour emergency and trauma services with physicians who are board certified in emergency medicine, Centura Health Urgent Care Canon City, long-term care at Progressive Care Center, inpatient acute care, Intensive Care Unit, The Birth Center, diagnostic imaging, surgical services, rehabilitation services, sleep disorder center, wound care and more. The St. Thomas More Physician Group features The Medical Home/Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatric Health Services, Obstetrics/Gynecology, General Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery and the Ear, Nose, Throat & Allergy Clinic. St. Thomas More was rated five stars for total knee replacement 2012-2015, and hip fracture treatment 2007-2015 by HealthGrades. St. Thomas More Hospital is supported by Centura Health, the regions leading health care network. For more information, visit St. Thomas More Hospital.