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National Study: MetroWest Medical Center is a Five-Star Recipient for Heart Failure Treatment

Oct 23, 2018

Framingham and Natick, MA – October 23, 2018 – MetroWest Medical Center is 5-star rated for heart failure treatment outcomes according to a study released by Healthgrades, a leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. This achievement is part of new findings and data featured in the Healthgrades 2019 Report to the Nation. The new report demonstrates how clinical performance continues to differ dramatically between hospitals regionally and nationally. Every year, Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance at almost 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 32 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions, as well as tracking outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 15 states and the District of Columbia.*

Variation in care has a significant impact on health outcomes. For example, from 2015 through 2017, if all hospitals as a group performed similarly to hospitals receiving 5 stars as a group, then on average 222,210 lives could potentially have been saved and 157,210 in-hospital complications could potentially have been avoided.* A 5-star rating indicates that MetroWest’s clinical outcomes are statistically significantly better than expected when treating the condition or performing the procedure being evaluated.

“The MetroWest Medical Center team is very proud to have received this Healthgrades heart failure recognition for six years in a row,” said Andrew Harding, interim chief executive officer of MetroWest Medical Center. “All of our employees and physicians are committed to providing high quality and compassionate care to all of our patients and families.”

MetroWest Medical Center was also recognized for the following clinical achievements by Healthgrades:

  • 5 Star Recipient for Treatment of Sepsis for 7 Years in a Row
  • 5 Star Recipient for Treatment of Respiratory Failure for 6 Years in a Row
  • 5 Star Recipient for Treatment of Pulmonary Embolism for 4 Years in a Row

“Clinical quality varies significantly between hospitals, so it’s important for consumers to use information about outcomes to assess where to receive care,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Healthgrades. “This 5-star ratings for heart failure, sepsis, respiratory failure and pulmonary embolism showcase the expertise and commitment of MetroWest to their patients.”

For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 45 million Medicare inpatient records for almost 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide to assess hospital performance in 32 common conditions and procedures, and evaluated outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 15 states and the District of Columbia. Healthgrades recognizes a hospital’s quality achievements for cohort-specific performance, specialty area performance, and overall clinical quality. Individual procedure or condition cohorts are designated as 5-star (statistically significantly better than expected), 3-star (not statistically different from expected) and 1-star (statistically significantly worse than expected) categories. The complete Healthgrades 2019 Report to the Nation and detailed study methodology can be found at www.healthgrades.com/quality/.

If you are interested in interviewing a member of our team about this accomplishment, please call Daisy Burroughs at 803-477-4926 or email Daisy.Burroughs@tenethealth.com.

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