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(LAKEWOOD, COLO.) - St. Anthony Hospital announced that it has received the 2016 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ according to Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. The distinction makes St. Anthony Hospital among the top five percent of more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide for its clinical performance.“This national recognition confirms our work in providing consistent, exceptional patient care and is testament to the many committed professionals throughout our hospital community who tirelessly work to ensure our patients receive the best possible experience while in our care,” said Jeff Brickman, FACHE, president and CEO, St. Anthony Hospital; president, Mountains and North Denver Operating Group.From 2012 through 2014, Healthgrades Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence, as a group, had a 26.5% lower risk-adjusted in-hospital mortality rate across 19 procedures and conditions where mortality was the clinical outcome, compared to all other hospitals. During this same period, if all other hospitals performed at the level of Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence across these 19 procedures and conditions, 158,858 lives could potentially have been saved. For example, patients treated at a hospital that achieved the Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence Award had, on average, a 25.5% lower risk of dying from a stroke than if treated at a hospital that did not achieve this distinction.Variation in hospital performance exists locally as well as nationally. For example, of the 16 hospitals evaluated in the Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, Colo., area for treatment of Heart Attack, risk-adjusted in-hospital mortality rates ranged from 3.9% on the low end to 9.5% on the high end, which is more than a 2-fold difference in mortality rates.*“Unfortunately, not all hospitals perform equally when it comes to clinical outcomes, so it’s important that consumers do their research in order to find the right care,” said Evan Marks, chief strategy officer, Healthgrades. “We commend those hospitals that have achieved Healthgrades 2016 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence for demonstrating an unwavering commitment to high quality care to accomplish these results.”The 260 recipients of the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ stand out among the rest for overall clinical excellence across a broad spectrum of care. During the 2016 study period (2012-2014), these hospitals showed superior performance in clinical outcomes for patients in the Medicare population across at least 21 of 32 of the most common inpatient conditions and procedures — as measured by objective clinical outcomes performance data (risk-adjusted mortality and in-hospital complications). To learn more about how Healthgrades determines Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ recipients, please visit www.healthgrades.com/quality.*Area evaluated refers to Core Based Statistical Area (CBSA).### About St. Anthony HospitalSt. Anthony Hospital is nationally recognized for its renowned programs in trauma, cardiovascular services, oncology, neurosciences and orthopedics. St. Anthony Hospital’s expert team of physicians, nurses and other caregivers provide unparalleled medical care for patients and access to the latest in medical technology. St Anthony Hospital is part of Centura Health, which connects individuals, families and neighborhoods across Colorado and western Kansas with more than 6,000 physicians and 19,400 of the best hearts and minds in health care. For more information on the St. Anthony Medical Campus, please visit www.stanthonyhosp.org or follow the hospital via Twitter @stahospital and facebook.com/stahospital.
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