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Bay Medical-Sacred Heart Listed Among 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Care by Healthgrades

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Panama City, Florida – Bay Medical-Sacred Heart is ranked among America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Care for 2014 according to a new report from Healthgrades®, the leading online resource that helps consumers search, compare and connect with physicians and hospitals. The report, American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2014: Healthgrades Report to the Nation,evaluates hospital performance at over 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 31 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions from 2010 through 2012.

The 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Care have superior outcomes in cardiac care services including heart bypass surgeries,Coronary Interventional Procedures, the treatment of heart attack and heart failure. Your risk of death can be significantly lower at a nationally recognized hospital for cardiac care such as Bay Medical.

The new report from Healthgrades® uses a star rating system to evaluate hospital performance and highlights the disparity in hospital performance for specific conditions and procedures and the impact that this variation may have on health outcomes.For example, from 2010-2012, if all hospitals as a group, performed similarly to hospitals who received 5-star ratings as a group, on average 234,252 lives could potentially have been saved and 157,418 complications could potentially have been avoided.

“We are incredibly proud of our heart program and continue to work to make it even stronger,” says Bay Medical CEO, Barry Keel. “We have a great team of physicians and a truly dedicated cardiac staff who focus on the best possible clinical care and patient experience. It is an honor to see this dedication recognized by Healthgrades.”

The cardiac care program at Bay Medical-Sacred Heart includes: five state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization labs, the area’s only open heart surgery program (including the region’s only robotic heart surgeons using minimally invasive techniques), the area’s only hospital with advanced cardiac electrophysiology technology, a dedicated cardiovascular nursing floor and the area’s only cardiovascular intensive care unit, and the area’s only cardiac rehabilitation program.

For its analysis, Healthgrades® evaluated approximately 40 million Medicare-patient records for nearly 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide, assessing hospital performance relative to each of 31 common conditions and procedures. Healthgrades awards hospitals quality achievements for cohort-specific performance, specialty area performance, and overall clinical quality. Individual procedure or condition cohorts are designated as 5 star (statistically better than expected), 3 star (statistically as expected) and 1 star (statistically worse than expected) categories. Detailed performance information, such as cohort-specific outcomes data and quality achievements for individual hospitals may be found at www.healthgrades.com/find-a-hospital.

More information on the American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2014: Healthgrades Report to the Nation, including the complete methodology, can be found at www.healthgrades.com/quality.

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