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Augusta Health named one of Healthgrades 50 Best Hospitals

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Augusta Health announced that it has received the Healthgrades 2016 America's 50 Best Hospitals Award™. This is the second consecutive year that Augusta Health has been awarded this recognition for clinical quality; it had been recognized as one of America's 100 Best Hospitals for the three consecutive years to being named a 50 Best Hospital The distinction makes Augusta Health one of the top 1% of more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide for its consistent, year-over-year superior clinical performance as measured by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.

The America's 50 Best Hospitals Award was presented to Augusta Health physicians and staff on Thursday, February 25 in the Augusta Community Care Building.

"Because this award recognizes overall clinical excellence, it is a great reflection of the care that our employees provide. It demonstrates more than expertise; it demonstrates the teamwork and professionalism required to deliver that expert care. Some of those employees, such as the physicians, nurses and technicians, are very visible to patients and families. But there are hundreds of other employees—working in environmental services, nutrition services, maintenance, human resources, and every department here—supporting them 'behind the scenes'. All are equally important to providing clinically excellent care to our community," said Mary N. Mannix, FACHE, President and CEO of Augusta Health. "As their colleague, I am incredibly proud to work with them every day. As someone who lives in the community, I am reassured to know they are the ones who are here—providing care that is among the best in the nation—to me and my family every day."

From 2012 through 2014, Healthgrades America's 50 Best Hospitals Awardrecipients, as a group, had a 24.4% lower risk adjusted mortality rate across 19 procedures and conditions where in-hospital mortality was the clinical outcome, compared to all other hospitals. During this same period, if all other hospitals performed at the level of America's 50 Best Hospitals Award across these 19 procedures and conditions, 164,116 lives could potentially have been saved. For example, patients treated at a hospital that has achieved the America's 50 Best Hospitals Award had, on average, a 22.1% lower risk of dying during their hospital stay for Stroke than if treated at a hospital that did not receive the award.

"Our analysis shows that there is tremendous variation in care, so it's important for consumers to carefully research and choose a hospital," said Evan Marks, Chief Strategy Officer, Healthgrades. "We commend the recipients of the America's 50 Best Hospital Award for delivering exceptional clinical outcomes that help them stand out from their peers in terms of overall clinical performance."

The 50 recipients of the America's 50 Best Hospitals Award™ stand out among the rest for overall clinical excellence across a broad spectrum of care. During the 2015 study period (2011-2013), these hospitals showed superior performance in clinical outcomes for patients in the Medicare population across at least 21 of 32 of the most common inpatient conditions and procedures —as measured by objective performance data (risk-adjusted mortality and in-hospital complications). To learn more about how Healthgrades determines America's 50 Best Hospitals Award™ recipients, please visit