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2010 and Top 50 three years in a row

March 2, 2010

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Christa Dean Hild
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Panama City, Forida – Bay Medical Center announced today that it has been named a HealthGrades America’s 50 Best Hospital for 2010 in a report issued by HealthGrades, the leading independent healthcare ratings organization. This marks the third consecutive year that Bay Medical has achieved this distinction (2008, 2009, 2010).

The report, which analyzes objective patient outcomes at all 5,000 of the nation’s nonfederal hospitals, places Bay Medical in the top 1% of all hospitals in the nation. Bay Medical is one of nine hospitals in Florida to receive this distinction with the closest being in Ocala. In the Southeast, only one hospital in Georgia made the list and no hospitals from Alabama or Mississippi were listed.

According to the report, there is a wide variation in quality when comparing the Medicare patient outcomes of Bay Medical and the rest of the HealthGrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals against all others. Patients admitted to America’s 50 Best Hospitals are, on average, 27% less likely to die and 8% less likely to suffer from a major complication when compared with patients admitted to other hospitals. If all hospitals operated at the same level as the 50 Best, 164,964 deaths and 18,900 inhospital complications could have potentially been prevented.

“We’re just incredibly proud of our team here at Bay Medical,” says Bay Medical CEO Steve Johnson. “That we’ve achieved this distinction for three years running says that our staff and our physicians are consistently working together towards the same goal – quality medical care.”

To determine HealthGrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals, HealthGrades analyzed more than 130 million Medicare hospitalization records from every non-federal hospital in the nation. Hospitals must meet minimum thresholds in terms of patient volumes, quality ratings, and the range of services provided. Specifically, hospitals were evaluated based on the risk-adjusted mortality and complication rates across 26 procedures and treatments, from hip replacement to bypass surgery. Hospitals that were in the top 5% of all hospitals for the most consecutive years were named HealthGrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals. The full methodology can be found in the report posted at http://www.healthgrades.com.

Some of Bay Medical’s other achievements include:

  • Rated Best in the Pensacola Region for Cardiology Services and among the Top 10% in the Nation for the last four years.
  • 5-Star Rated for Heart Attack treatment for the past eight years in a row.
  • Ranked among the Top 5% in the Nation for Overall Pulmonary Services for five years in a row.
  • 5-Star Rated for Treatment of Pneumonia for the past five years in a row.
  • Ranked among the Top 10% in the Nation for the Treatment of Stroke.
  • Ranked among the Top 10% in the Nation for Overall Critical Care and in the Top 10 for the State of Florida.
  • Ranked among the Top 5% in the Nation for Overall Women’s Health for two years in a row.

“The HealthGrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals have demonstrated clinical outcomes that are the best in the nation, and they have sustained that level of quality year in and year out,” said Rick May, MD, a HealthGrades' vice president and one of the study’s authors. “That indicates that these hospitals have leadership, operational structures and clinical teams that are capable of producing excellence in a way that others cannot. These hospitals should be congratulated, and those in their community should feel proud of the quality of care being delivered.”