Lake Huron Medical Center is a member of Prime Healthcare, one of the nation’s top health systems for clinical quality. “Clinical quality varies significantly between hospitals, so it’s important for consumers to use information about outcomes to assess where to receive care,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Healthgrades. “This 5-star rating for hip fracture treatments showcases the expertise and commitment of Lake Huron Medical Center to their patients.”
Lake Huron Medical Center received the Women’s Choice Award in recognition of being among “America’s Best Hospitals in Emergency Care,” certification from Health Stream for “Excellence in Emergency Care” and earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Hospital Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards.
The hospital has also made significant investments in its infrastructure, expanding and enhancing its services to include a TrueBeam linear accelerator – the most advanced radiation therapy treatment technology available; 80-slice CT scanners that sharpen imaging and advance diagnostic capabilities; a new urgent care and walk-in clinic located at Lake Huron Medical Center’s North Campus, a new pulmonary rehabilitation program and wound care center.
This past spring, LHMC also began offering 3D mammography. “Lake Huron Medical Center is focused on taking care of our patients and their path to healing, both of which continue to be the driving force behind implementing advanced technology and remaining focused on positive patient outcomes,” says Sridhar Reddy, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Lake Huron Medical Center.
These Healthgrades achievements are part of new findings and data featured in the Healthgrades 2019 Report to the Nation. The new report demonstrates how clinical performance continues to differ dramatically between hospitals regionally and nationally. Every year, Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance at almost 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 32 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions, as well as tracking outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 15 states and the District of Columbia.*
Variation in care has a significant impact on health outcomes. For example, from 2015 through 2017, if all hospitals as a group performed similarly to hospitals receiving 5 stars as a group, then on average 222,210 lives could potentially have been saved and 157,210 in-hospital complications could potentially have been avoided.*
A 5-star rating indicates that Lake Huron Medical Center’s clinical outcomes are statistically significantly better than expected when treating the condition or performing the procedure being evaluated. Additionally, from 2015 through 2017, patients treated for Hip Fracture Repair in hospitals with 5-stars have, on average have 45.7% lower risk of experiencing a complication while in the hospital than if they were treated by hospitals with 1-star and on average are 1.8 times more likely to experience one or more complications than if they were treated in hospitals with 5-stars.*
For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 45 million Medicare inpatient records for almost 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide to assess hospital performance in 32 common conditions and procedures, and evaluated outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 15 states and the District of Columbia.
Healthgrades recognizes a hospital’s quality achievements for cohort-specific performance, specialty area performance, and overall clinical quality. Individual procedure or condition cohorts are designated as 5-star (statistically significantly better than expected), 3-star (not statistically different from expected) and 1-star (statistically significantly worse than expected) categories. The complete Healthgrades 2019 Report to the Nation and detailed study methodology can be found at www.healthgrades.com/quality/.