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Flagler Hospital Among HealthGrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals

Flagler Hospital Among HealthGrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals
  • Study Ranks Hospital in Top 5% in the Nation for 2011 -

GOLDEN, Colo. (February 23, 2011) - Flagler Hospital announced today that its superior clinical quality has placed it among an elite group of U.S. hospitals: HealthGrades America's 50 Best Hospitals. To be recognized with this distinction, hospitals must have had risk-adjusted mortality and complication rates that placed their performance in the top 5% in the nation for the most consecutive years. On average, patients treated at America's 50 Best Hospitals had a nearly 30% lower risk of death and 3.45% lower rate of complications.

"Earning a place among America's Best 50 Hospitals clearly reflects the unwavering commitment of our staff and our community physicians to achieve the very best clinical outcome for every patient, every day," commented Flagler Hospital CEO, Joe Gordy. "I am proud to work among such passionate people - from our Board of Directors to the clinicians on the floors to the staff in every support area - who truly care about our mission and maintain a commitment to caring for our community year after year."

HealthGrades study found that if all U.S. hospitals had performed at the level of Flagler Hospital, more than a half million Medicare deaths could have been prevented between 1999 and 2009. The study was based on an analysis of more than 140 million Medicare patient records.

"As our nation searches for a solution to providing American's with access to high quality health care at an affordable price, Flagler Hospital is setting the standard, demonstrating that consistent, sustainable clinical excellence is achievable," said Dr. Rick May, HealthGrades vice president of clinical quality services and co-author of the report.

HealthGrades Americas 50 Best study compared the performance of hospitals like Flagler Hospital to all others and found:

• If all hospitals performed at the level of the HealthGrades America's 50 Best,

Approximately 55,000 Medicare patient deaths, or 550,000 over the last decade, could have been prevented.

• Compared with all other hospitals, the HealthGrades America's 50 Best had risk adjusted

mortality rates that were, on average, 28.59% lower and risk-adjusted

inhospital complication rates that were 3.45% lower.

• 86% are not-for-profit or local government entities

• For some procedures and treatments, the variation was much wider. For treatment

of pneumonia, , the 50 Best hospitals had, on average, a 43.82% lower risk-adjusted mortality, and for treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease the hospitals had, on average, 42.81% lower risk adjusted mortality.

A copy of the full report on HealthGrades America's 50 Best Hospitals can be found at

About Flagler Hospital

Flagler Hospital is a 316 bed, acute care hospital that has been ranked among the top 5% of all hospitals in the nation for both clinical excellence and patient safety for the past six consecutive years.  The hospital has operated as a not-for-profit healthcare institution in St. Augustine, Florida since its founding in 1889.  Flagler was the only hospital in Northeast Florida to achieve the Commission on Cancer's Outstanding Achievement Award and was Northeast Florida's first hospital to receive the ANCC Magnet hospital award.  In recent years, the hospital has earned accreditation from the Society of Chest Pain Centers, the Gold Seal of Approval™ from The Joint Commission for Primary Stroke Care Centers and Center of Excellence Designation for its Bariatric Surgery Center.

About HealthGrades

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