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Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center Named

2012 HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital


Top 5% in the Nation for Clinical Excellence

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Conemaugh Memorial Ranked Among Top 5% in Nation for the 5th Time

HealthGrades Distinction Based on Patient Outcomes Across 26 Medical Procedures 


Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center announced today that HealthGrades, the nation's most trusted source of health care provider information, has named it a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence™. This prestigious distinction places Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center among the top 5% of hospitals nationwide for clinical performance for the 5th time.

HealthGrades Hospital Quality and Clinical Excellence study, released today, objectively identifies those hospitals with the best overall clinical performance across 26 medical diagnoses and procedures. These 263 top-performing hospitals represent only 5% of the nation’s hospitals and each is designated as a HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence™.

Earlier this year, Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center was ranked among the Top 10% in the nation for Joint Replacement, General Surgery, Pulmonary Service, and Coronary Intervention. Conemaugh was also named one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Joint Replacement surgery and received a number of five-star ratings in a variety of clinical areas.

“Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center can be proud of the contributions of its physicians, nurses and staff in achieving outstanding patient care,” said Kristin Reed, HealthGrades Vice President of hospital ratings and author of the study. “The communities served by Conemaugh Memorial are fortunate to have access to some of the highest quality hospital care in the nation.”

“We are thrilled to be able to offer patients in our region care that ranks among the very best in the nation,” says Dr. David Carlson, Chief Medical Officer of the Conemaugh Health System. “This is not a commitment that is taken lightly. Each and every person involved has to do their part to achieve outcomes like these and the bar is always rising. We know we need to continue to look for innovative and efficient ways to make every patient outcome a good one.”

Unlike other hospital quality studies, HealthGrades evaluates hospitals solely on clinical outcomes: risk-adjusted mortality and inhospital complications. HealthGrades’ analysis is based on approximately 40 million Medicare discharges for the years 2008, 2009 and 2010.

Using these top-performing hospitals as a benchmark in this year’s HealthGrades study, HealthGrades quantifies the impact of differences in hospital quality in terms of lives lost and unexpected complications.

The HealthGrades study found that:

• Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence (Top 5% in the nation), such as Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center, outperformed all other hospitals across all of the 17 mortality cohorts and six of nine complication cohorts studied from 2008 through 2010.

• Specifically, Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence had a 30.07% lower risk-adjusted mortality rate and a 1.86% lower risk-adjusted in-hospital complication rate among Medicare beneficiaries compared to all other hospitals.

• In fact, if all hospitals performed at the level of Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence, 165,704 Medicare lives could potentially have been saved and 6,800 Medicare in-hospital complications could potentially have been avoided.