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Augusta Health Receives Healthgrades 50 Best Hospitals Award for 2015

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Augusta Health announced that it has received the Healthgrades 2015 America's 50 Best Hospitals Award™. After being named one of America's 100 Best Hospitals for three consecutive years, this is the first year that Augusta Health has been recognized as one of America's 50 Best Hospitals. 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.

"I think this award, which recognizes overall clinical excellence, is a reflection of not just the expertise of our employees, but also of their teamwork. Every employee plays a role in delivering clinically excellent care—the physicians, nurses and technicians—and the hundreds of employees in the background—environmental services, nutrition services, maintenance, human resources, and every department here—supporting each other to provide care for 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 2011 through 2013, Healthgrades America's 50 Best Hospitals Award™ recipients, as a group, had a 25% 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™ recipients across these 19 procedures and conditions, 168,239 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 26.6% lower risk of dying from heart failure than if treated at a hospital that did not receive the award.

Augusta Health is among the hospitals with some of the best quality care across at least 21 of 32 common inpatient conditions and procedures evaluated by Healthgrades over a period of at least 6 years.

"The Healthgrades analysis shows that not all hospitals perform equally, 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 over an extended period of time."

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 www.healthgrades.com/quality/.

Augusta Health's mission is to promote the health and well-being of our community through access to excellent care. Named one of the 100 Top Hospitals in America by Thomson Reuters in both 2011 and 2012, Augusta Health has also been nationally recognized by Healthgrades as one of America's 100 Best Hospitals for clinical excellence and patient safety for the last three consecutive years, and has been name one of America's 50 Best Hospitals in 2015. For more information about Augusta Health, its programs or its services, please contact Public Relations at (540) 245-7329 or visit our website.