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National Study Provides Southampton Hospital With A Five-Star Rating

Originally Posted: March 10, 2011

Southampton - Southampton Hospital announced that it has received a 5-star rating for the quality of its Hip Fracture Repair, Treatment of Pneumonia and GI Surgeries and Procedures from HealthGrades, the leading independent healthcare ratings organization.

The recognition is based on the 13th Annual HealthGrades Hospital Quality in America study, which analyzes patient outcomes at virtually all of the nation's hospitals. Patients at 5-star rated hospitals had a 72 percent lower risk of dying when compared with patients at 1-star rated hospitals - a significant gap that has held steady even as overall mortality rates have improved. According to the study, if all hospitals performed at the level of 5-star rated hospitals over the three years studied, 232,442 Medicare lives could potentially have been saved.

HealthGrades hospital ratings are the most widely used objective, actionable quality measures readily available to the public and are based solely on clinical performance. HealthGrades rates hospitals independently based on data that hospitals submit to the federal government. No hospital can opt in or out of being rated, and no hospital pays to be rated.

Robert Chaloner, Southampton Hospital President and CEO comments, "5-star recognition for these important services from a national ratings organization demonstrates our commitment to service quality and patient safety. We continually strive to provide clinical excellence at Southampton Hospital, and we are very proud of our physicians and clinical staff for the exceptional service they deliver."

For 26 procedures and medical treatments, HealthGrades issues star ratings that reflect the mortality and complication rates for each category of care. Hospitals receiving a 5-star rating have mortality or complication rates that are below the national average, to a statistically significant degree. A 3-star rating means the hospital performs as expected. One-star ratings indicate the hospital's mortality or complication rates in that procedure or treatment are statistically higher than average. Because the risk profiles of patient populations at hospitals are not alike, HealthGrades risk-adjusts the data to allow for equal comparisons.

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