August 20, 2012
August, 2012, Salem, VA – HealthGrades™ recently named LewisGale Medical Center as the number one hospital in Virginia for Spine Surgery in 2012. This is the fourth year in a row the hospital has received this prestigious distinction. The independent ratings organization also recognized LewisGale as one of America’s top 100 hospitals for spine surgery and gave the medical center the highest ranking of five stars for its patient outcomes.
“We are consistently reaching new heights in clinical excellence at LewisGale and ranking among the top in the nation for patient care,” said Victor Giovanetti, president, LewisGale Regional Health System. "Our success is a direct reflection of the dedication of our staff and physicians to provide high-quality, compassionate care. Patients can trust when they turn to LewisGale for spine surgery they are getting a level of care that is unsurpassed in this region and this state.”
The HealthGrades study analyzed patient outcomes in nearly 40 million Medicare hospitalization records between 2008 and 2010. The report found that patients treated at five-star rated hospitals had a 73 percent lower risk of mortality and 63 percent lower risk of complications compared to one-star rated hospitals.
“Patients today have a wide array options when it comes to choosing a healthcare provider,” said Kerry Hicks, HealthGrades chief executive officer. “At HealthGrades, we are proud to have led the way for empowering patient choice based on objective clinical outcomes and access to actionable quality measures. We commend LewisGale Medical Center for its superior quality and support of consumerism and transparency.”
The 2012 HealthGrades hospital ratings are free to the public at healthgrades.com.