Franciscan St. Francis Health-Indianapolis among nation’s top hospitals

Franciscan St. Francis Health – Indianapolis has been named among the top 5 percent of nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for its clinical performance as measured by Healthgrades, a leading provider of comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.

By achieving this high level of performance, Franciscan St. Francis Health-Indianapolis has received Healthgrades’ prestigious Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence.

The 262 hospitals named this year achieved their status by providing overall clinical excellence across a broad range of clinical procedures and conditions measured by Healthgrades for both risk-adjusted mortality and complication rates during and after a hospital stay. Nationally, if all hospitals performed at this level from 2009 through 2011 a total of 164,414 deaths could have potentially been prevented.

“We are proud and gratified by this recognition, particularly because it accurately reflects our very high level of performance across a number of departments and specialties. This is a testament of our extremely talented medical staff and other exceptional nurses and clinicians, who always strive to provide the best, highest quality care for all patients,” said Robert J. Brody, president and chief executive officer for Franciscan St. Francis Health.

To be considered for Healthgrades’ Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence, a hospital had to have been evaluated in a minimum of 19 of the 27 procedures and condition cohorts measured, drawn from Medicare inpatient records data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) database.

The previously released American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2013: Healthgrades Report to the Nation highlighted that significant variation in outcomes could exist within a region when looking at risk adjusted mortality and complication rates.

For example, out of the eight hospitals in Indianapolis evaluated for treatment of sepsis, there was a wide variation in hospital performance as measured by risk adjusted mortality rates (from 8.9 percent on the low end to 18.3 percent on the high end). Franciscan St. Francis is among the hospitals with the lowest risk-adjusted mortality rates providing patients in the city of Indianapolis with some of the best possible quality care.

“Our analysis, unlike other hospital quality ratings or grades, is based solely on clinical outcomes data. We do not include any opinion surveys of doctors or patients, or any other subjective measures because they can lack in objectivity,” said Evan Marks, executive vice president of Informatics and Strategy. “Healthgrades is also the only site that provides the ability to link the selection of a doctor to the hospital where they practice, giving the consumer the power to differentiate the likelihood of a better health outcome on the basis of the hospitals objective quality measures, such as mortality, complications, safety and patient satisfaction ”