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SAINT AUGUSTINE, Fl (April 22, 2010) – An independent study of women’s care at nearly 5,000 hospitals found Flagler Hospital to be in the top 5% in the nation, the hospital announced today. Released by HealthGrades, the leading independent healthcare ratings organization, the HealthGrades Seventh Annual Women’s Health in American Hospitals study analyzed nearly 7 million hospitalization records to identify top-performing hospitals.

“We are honored to receive this most recent award in the area of women’s health,” said Flagler Hospital CEO Joe Gordy. “This distinction, combined with our national ranking as a Distinguished Hospital and our 5 star ratings in nearly every clinical category including heart attack, stroke, vascular, joint replacement, pulmonary and maternity care, among others, provide us with evidence-based confirmation that we are making the right choices when it comes to staffing, training and technology to achieve the best possible outcomes for our patients.”

Flagler Hospital is one of only 166 hospitals in the nation with patient outcomes for women that are in the top 5%, according to the study. As a result, Flagler Hospital received the 2010/2011 HealthGrades Women’s Health Excellence Award.

As a group, hospitals receiving this award had women’s risk-adjusted mortality rates that were 41% lower than the poorest performing hospitals in the study and complication rates that were 19% lower than the poorest performers. While all hospitals, on average, continued to improve their mortality rates among women, those receiving the award improved at a faster rate than all others over the three years studied, 15% compared with 12%.

As part of the study, Flagler Hospital and virtually every other hospital in the country were evaluated for the following procedures and treatments among women aged 65 and over:

·    Women’s Medicine (heart attack, congestive heart failure, pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and stroke)

·     Women’s Cardiovascular Procedures(coronary bypass surgery, peripheral vascular bypass, coronary interventional procedures, resection/replacement of abdominal aorta, carotid surgery, and valve replacement); and

·     Women’s Bone & Joint Health (total knee and total hip replacement surgeries, spinal surgeries, and hip fracture repair).

“There is clearly a wide disparity in the quality of care for women among top-performing hospitals and all others,” said Rick May, MD, a vice president with HealthGrades and one of the study’s authors. “The goal of this analysis is to not only put sound data in the hands of prospective patients, but also to identify top-performing hospitals who are setting national benchmarks for the treatment of women to which other hospitals can aspire.”

The HealthGrades study found that 16,863 women could have potentially survived their hospitalization and 4,735women could have potentially avoided a major inhospital complication if all hospitals performed at the benchmarks set by Flagler Hospital and the other award recipients.

The annual HealthGrades study analyzed nearly 7 million hospitalizations using Medicare data from all 50 states from 2006 through 2008. Eligible hospitals must have met volume requirements in stroke and either coronary bypass or valve replacements; met the volume requirements in at least six additional cohorts of the 16 evaluated; and have transferred out less than 10% of stroke patients. Volume requirements are a minimum of 30 female discharges over the three years, with at least five in the most recent year for the cohort.

About Flagler Hospital

Flagler Hospital is a 316-bed acute care hospital that is consistently recognized nationally for overall clinical excellence.  Flagler was the only hospital in Northeast Florida to earn the Commission on Cancers outstanding Achievement Award and was the area’s first hospital to receive the ANCC Magnet hospital award.  Most recently, the hospital was named among the top 5% in the nation by HealthGrades, earned the Gold Seal of Approval™ from The Joint Commission for Primary Stroke Care Centers, Accreditation from the Society of Chest Pain Centers and Center of Excellence Designation for its Bariatric Surgery Center. For more information about Flagler Hospital, please visit us at