January 22, 2013
Salem, VA, January, 2013 – LewisGale Medical Center ranked among the nation’s top five percent of hospitals in a recent study of mortality and complication rates for nearly 5,000 hospitals. This achievement earned the hospital a five-star rating and the 2013 Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™.
“Nothing is more important to us than providing safe, high-quality care to our patients.” said Victor Giovanetti, President, LewisGale Regional Health System. “We credit our highly-skilled team of dedicated physicians and staff for helping us achieve this recognition. Their commitment to excellence ensures our patients have the best possible outcomes.”
Healthgrades, a leading independent healthcare ratings organization, focused on hospital performance for 28 common procedures and conditions from 2009 through 2011. The report found patients treated at five-star rated hospitals, on average, had a 58 percent lower risk of dying and a 42 percent lower risk of experiencing a complication.
For 2013, LewisGale Medical Center was also named one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Critical Care™ and received a five-star rating for hip fracture treatment, back and neck surgery (spinal fusion), overall pulmonary services, gastrointestinal procedures and surgeries, and appendectomy.
The findings are part of American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2013: Healthgrades Report to the Nation. For more information, visit healthgrades.com/quality.