"I would like to thank the Medical Staff and Employees alike for their continued dedication to patient care. Looking forward, we have a number of clinical initiatives in process with a focus on expanding / improving existing services to include: Stroke Care with a movement towards JCAHO Certification, developing a multi-specialty neuroscience service, introduction of Bariatric Surgery, local provision of Cosmetic Surgery, Medical Oncology alternatives and the expansion of independent community based Primary Care physicians." states Jon O'Shaughnessy, CEO, Southwestern Medical Center.
These findings were included in the eleventh annual HealthGrades Hospital Quality in America Study, which is the most comprehensive study of its kind, analyzing more than 41 million Medicare hospitalization records from 2005 to 2007 at the nation's approximately 5,000 non-federal hospitals. According to the study, if all hospitals performed at the level of five-star rated hospitals, 237,420 Medicare deaths could potentially have been prevented over the three years studied. More than half of those preventable deaths were associated with four conditions: sepsis, pneumonia, heart failure and respiratory failure.
While overall death rates declined from 2005 to 2007, the nation's best-performing hospitals were able to reduce preventable deaths at a much faster rate than poor-performing hospitals, resulting in large state, regional and hospital-to-hospital variations in the quality of patient care, the study found.
Based on the study, HealthGrades today made available its 2009 quality ratings for virtually every hospital in the country at www.healthgrades.com, a website designed to help individuals research and compare local healthcare providers.
On its website, HealthGrades offers, free to consumers, quality ratings of 27 procedures and treatments for virtually every hospital in the country. The website is designed so that consumers can easily compare patient outcomes at their local hospitals for procedures ranging from aortic aneurysm repair to bypass surgery. Each hospital receives a star rating based on its patient outcomes in terms of mortality or complication rates for each procedure or treatment. Hospitals with outcomes that are above average to a statistically significant degree receive a five-star rating. Hospitals with average outcomes receive a three-star rating, and hospitals with outcomes that are below average receive a one-star rating. Because no two hospitals or their patients' risk profiles are alike, HealthGrades employs extensive risk-adjustment algorithms to ensure that it is making analogous comparisons.
About Southwestern Medical Center
Southwestern Medical Center, a member of Capella Healthcare's family of hospitals, is a 199-bed hospital serving Comanche County and Southwest Oklahoma. Since 1957, SWMC has been accredited by the Joint Commission. SWMC is also accredited by CARF for rehabilitation services. SWMC is a winner of the 2006 HealthStream Research Excellence through Insight Award for Outpatient Satisfaction and is rated by HealthGrades as the only 5-star rated hospital in Southern Oklahoma for stroke care in 2007 and 2008. Southwestern Medical Center has a long history of serving the community with quality care and the latest technology. For more information, please visit www.swmconline.com.
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