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Top 5% Nationally in 2011 for Clinical Excellence & Patient Safety

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

For the second year, Augusta Health has been recognized as the only hospital in Virginia to be named a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence by HealthGrades and also to receive the HealthGrades Patient Safety Excellence Award. Augusta Health placed among the top 5% of hospitals nationwide for clinical performance—only 268 hospitals of the nearly 5,000 evaluated received the recognition. In Patient Safety, only 140 non-teaching hospitals were recognized.

The Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence Award identifies hospitals with the lowest risk-adjusted mortality and complication rates across a range of procedures and diagnoses. Patients who receive care at a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence have overall, a 29.82% lower risk of in-hospital mortality and a 1.91% lower risk of in-hospital complication.

The Patient Safety Excellence Award is based on outcome performance based on 13 patient safety indicators developed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Patients who are treated in hospitals recognized for patient safety are, on average, more likely to have a success treatment without experiencing a patient safety event or medical error.

Augusta Health also received several "Top 10%" and better designations from HealthGrades. Top performing hospitals had significantly lower mortality rates than other hospitals—a 72% lower chance of dying when compared to the lowest-performing hospitals and a 53% lower chance of dying when compared to the national average. For Augusta Health, these top performance designations included:

  • Ranked #4 in Virginia for Overall Orthopedics and Joint Replacement
    • HealthGrades Orthopedic Surgery Excellence Award
    • HealthGrades Joint Replacement Excellence Award
  • Ranked #6 in Virginia for Treatment of Stroke
    • HealthGrades Stroke Care Excellence Award
    • Top 10% in the nation for Treatment of Stroke
  • Ranked #2 in Virginia for Overall Pulmonary Services
    • HealthGrades Pulmonary Care Excellence Award
    • Top 5% in the nation for Pulmonary Care
  • Ranked #4 in Virginia for Critical Care
    • HealthGrades Critical Care Excellence Award
    • Top 5% in the nation for Critical Care
  • Ranked #6 in Virginia for General Surgery
    • HealthGrades General Surgery Excellence Award
    • Top 10% in the nation for General Surgery

In addition, Augusta Health received the highest Five Star rating, indicating mortality and complication rates statistically significantly below the national average, for these procedures and medical treatments:

  • Treatment of Heart Attack
  • Overall Orthopedics
  • Joint Replacement
  • Total Knee Replacement
  • Total Hip Replacement
  • Hip Fracture Repair
  • Stroke
  • Prostatectomy
  • Overall Pulmonary Services
  • Treatment of COPD
  • Treatment of Pneumonia
  • Critical Care
  • Treatment of Sepsis
  • Treatment of Respiratory Failure
  • Appendectomy

"We're pleased to be recognized again by HealthGrades for excellence in clinical quality," said Mary N. Mannix, FACHE and CEO of Augusta Health. "It's further recognition of how well our medical staff and employees work together to provide the best care possible for our patients. We strive to be an excellent hospital in every way, including these clinical outcomes. These awards are great recognition of that commitment to quality."

Augusta Health is an independent, nonprofit community hospital whose mission is to promote the health and well-being of our community through access to excellent care. Augusta Health was named a 100 Top Hospital by Thomson Reuters in 2011. For more information about Augusta Health, its programs or its services, please contact Public Relations at (540) 245-7329 or (540) 221-7329, or visit our website,

HealthGrades is the leading independent health care ratings organization, and provides quality ratings, profiles and cost information on the nation's hospitals, physicians and nursing homes. More information on HealthGrades can be found at