St. Mary’s Hospital Takes Five

U.S. News & World Report, a premier ranking and analysis resource in the United States, has rated Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital among the nation’s best in five critical care procedures and conditions. Out of more than 4,000 hospitals around the country that were evaluated for health care practices and outcomes in surgical procedures and chronic conditions, only 34 hospitals were designated as “High Performing” in all five of the following areas: heart bypass surgery, heart failure, hip replacement, knee replacement and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

A rating of “High Performing” indicates that a hospital was significantly better than the national average in a given procedure or condition. During the evaluation process, U.S. News & World Report assessed each hospital’s risk-adjusted rates of mortality, readmission and other outcomes; joint surgeries that preceded revision operations performed during 2010; six common types of healthcare-associated infections (a measure of complications associated with joint replacement operations); and data from federally mandated patient satisfaction forms.

“We are extremely proud that our level of care has not only been recognized on a national level, but has also improved the lives of so many patients in our community,” said Francine Barr, CEO of Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital. “This honor would not have been possible without the unwavering commitment to excellence and the dedication of the doctors, nurses and health care professionals at St. Mary’s. They all can take credit for helping St. Mary’s score in the top 1 percent of high-performing hospitals in the nation for some of the most complex health care procedures and conditions.”

Toni Ardabell, CEO of Bon Secours Richmond Health System, added, “Building healthier communities throughout central Virginia has been Bon Secours’ mission for decades. Now, thanks to this outstanding rating by such a prestigious organization, current and future patients throughout the metro Richmond region will know that one of the nation’s top hospitals is right in their own backyard.”