Rutland Regional receives 5-Star rating from Healthgrades

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Rutland Regional receives 5-Star rating from Healthgrades

Tue, 01/02/2018 - 3:51am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Rutland Regional Medical Center announced that it has achieved a 5 Star rating for its performance in Total Knee Replacement, Treatment of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, and Gall Bladder Surgery from Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. Rutland Regional is the ONLY hospital in Vermont to receive a 5 Star for Total Knee Replacement in 2018, the ONLY hospital in Vermont to receive a 5 Star for Total Knee Replacement for 8 years in a row (2011-2018), and the ONLY hospital in Vermont to receive a 5-Star for Gallbladder Removal Surgery for 2 years in a row (2017-2018). Also, Rutland Regional was one of only three hospitals in Vermont to receive a 5-Star for Treatment of COPD in 2018. Every year, Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance at nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 34 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions. These achievements are part of the findings recently released by Healthgrades and are featured in their 2018 Report to the Nation. 

This variation in care has a significant impact on health outcomes. For example, from 2014-2016, if all hospitals as a group, performed similarly to hospitals receiving 5-stars as a group, on average 219,568 lives could potentially have been saved and 164,454 complications could potentially have been avoided.** A 5-Star rating indicates that Rutland Regional Medical Center’s clinical outcomes are statistically significantly better than expected when treating the condition or performing the procedure being evaluated.

“At Rutland Regional, providing the highest quality of care to our patient’s is our top priority.

We are proud and humbled to be recognized for an eighth year (2011-2018) as a recipient of the Healthgrades 5-Star Recipient for Total Knee Replacement, a second year as a 5 Star Recipient for Gallbladder Removal Surgery (2017-2018), and our first year (2018) as 5 Star Recipient for Treatment of COPD,” said Tom Huebner, President & CEO of Rutland Regional Medical Center. “These awards, as well as the other honors we have received from Healthgrades in the past, are a testament to the talent, skills, and compassion of our staff and physicians.”

Rutland Regional is consistently ranked among the top ten percent of hospitals in the nation for overall patient safety, receiving the prestigious Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award in 2015.  As a leading health care rating organization, Healthgrades gives the Patient Safety Excellence Awards to hospitals for their performance in the prevention of serious, potentially preventable complications during hospital stays.

Healthgrades, the nation’s most trusted source of healthcare provider information, also gave high marks to Rutland Regional as one of the Top 10% in the Nation for Outstanding Patient Experience in 2015. This award identifies the top 10% of hospitals for which the hospital’s own patients report superior experiences as compared to others of similar size and focus and would recommend them to their friends or family.

In addition to achieving these two outstanding distinctions, Rutland Regional was also named a recipient of several other distinctions including: Five-Star Recipient for Pacemaker 

Procedures (2015-2016); Five-Star Recipient for Transurethral Prostate Resection Surgery 2013-2015; One of Healthgrades 100 Best Hospitals for Prostate Surgeries, 2013-2015; Recipient of Healthgrades Prostate Surgery Excellence Award 2013-2015; Top 10% in the Nation for Prostate Surgery 2013-2015; and a Five-Star recipient for Gallbladder Surgery in 2017.

“Consumers place high value on information about hospital quality and use it to evaluate their choices for care,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, and Healthgrades. “Hospitals that have achieved recognition for their quality outcomes prove their commitment to their patients and their community at large.”

*For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 45 million Medicare inpatient records for nearly 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide to assess hospital performance in 32 common conditions and procedures, and evaluate outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 17 states. Healthgrades recognizes a hospital’s quality achievements for cohort-specific performance, specialty area performance, and overall clinical quality. Individual procedure or condition cohorts are designated as 5-star (statistically significantly better than expected), 3-star (not statistically different from expected) and 1-star (statistically significantly worse than expected) categories. The complete Healthgrades 2018 Report to the Nation and detailed study methodology can be found

About Rutland Regional Medical Center

Rutland Regional Medical Center founded in 1896, is the largest community hospital and the second largest health care facility in Vermont with a medical staff of 256 physicians trained in 37 specialty areas. With a strong patient focus, consistent quality performance, nursing excellence, and award winning care, Rutland Regional remains dedicated to improving the health of families and individuals throughout Rutland County and beyond. Rutland Regional was honored as the “Best Regional Hospital” by U.S. News& World Report for 2017-2018, recognized as “high performing” in four procedures and conditions -Heart Failure, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Hip Replacement, and Knee Replacement. Recently recognized in US News & World Report as one of America’s Best Hospitals to receive common care, Rutland Regional was the first hospital in Vermont to receive both the Governor’s Award for Performance Excellence and Magnet Recognition® for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovation. In 2016 and 2017, Rutland Regional Medical Center was the recipient of Healthcare’s Most Wired® award for the exceptional way the hospital uses technology to build patient engagement, specifically in how the patient is afforded electronic access to their care team. Rutland Regional has also been recognized by the Joint Commission as a Top Performer in Key Quality Measures, honored with an “A” grade by The Leapfrog Group in the fall 2016, spring of 2017, and fall of 2017, Hospital Safety Score and was named by Healthgrades among the top 10% in the Nation for Outstanding Patient Experience and Patient Safety in 2015. Rutland Women’s Healthcare, a Department of Rutland Regional Medical Center was recently awarded a Safety Certification in Outpatient Practice Excellence (SCOPE) for Women’s Health Program certification. SCOPE is a safety focused program of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). Rutland Women’s Healthcare is among the first ob-gyn offices in the country to be certified. 

Source: RRMC 12.29.2017