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HealthGrades Names Rockville General Hospital Among Best in Nation for Pulmonary Care and Treatment of Stroke

VERNON, Conn. (January 26, 2012) – A recent report released by HealthGrades, the nation’s most trusted, independent source of physician information and hospital quality ratings, named Rockville General Hospital (RGH) a recipient of the Pulmonary Care Excellence Award for four years in a row (2009-2012) and the Stroke Care Excellence Award for 2012. 
 
Choosing a hospital can be a life or death decision. HealthGrades report found that patients treated at 5-star rated hospitals experience a 73% lower risk of mortality and a 63% lower risk of complications compared to 1-star rated hospitals. A quality comparison of doctors and hospitals can be found online at HealthGrades.com.
 
“At Eastern Connecticut Health Network (ECHN), we strive to practice Patient-Centered Care following the five rights of care delivery,” says Deborah Parker, Senior Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer at ECHN. “This care delivery model focuses on the goal that patients will receive the right care, at the right location, at the right time, by the right person, at the right cost. We are proud of all of our employees who are committed to serving our patients, staff and organization with excellence.”
 
“Patients today have a wide array of options when it comes to choosing a health care provider,” said Kerry Hicks, HealthGrades chief executive officer. “At HealthGrades, we are proud to have led the way for empowering patient choice based on objective clinical outcomes and access to actionable quality measures. We commend RGH for its superior quality and support of consumerism and transparency.”
 
RGH also received 5-star ratings in the following areas:
  • Five-Star Rated for Treatment of Heart Failure for 2 Years in a Row (2011-2012)
  • Five-Star Rated for Treatment of Stroke for 3 Years in a Row (2010-2012)
  • Five-Star Rated for Overall Pulmonary Services for 4 Years in a Row (2009-2012)
  • Five-Star Rated for Treatment of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease in 2012
  • Five-Star Rated for Treatment of Pneumonia for 5 Years in a Row (2008-2012)
  • Five-Star Rated for Treatment of Sepsis for 5 Years in a Row (2008-2012)
  • Five-Star Rated for Treatment of Respiratory Failure for 5 Years in a Row (2008-2012)
 
 
Key findings of the HealthGrades 2011 Healthcare Consumerism and Hospital Quality in America report include: 
  • Patients had, on average a 73% lower risk of dying in a 5-star rated hospital compared to a 1-star rated hospital, and a 54% lower risk of dying in a 5-star rated hospital compared to the national average.
  • Patients had, on average, were 63% less likely to experience in-hospital complications than patients at 1-star programs, and had a 43% lower chance of developing an in-hospital complication than the national average.
  • If all Medicare patients from 2008 through 2010 had been treated at 5-star hospitals, 240,040 lives could have potentially been saved.
 
 
About ECHN
ECHN is a not-for-profit health care system serving 19 towns in eastern Connecticut. Its network of affiliates includes Manchester Memorial Hospital, Rockville General Hospital, Woodlake at Tolland Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Eastern Connecticut Medical Professionals, Women’s Center for Wellness, Visiting Nurse & Health Services of Connecticut, Eastern Connecticut Cancer Institute, and more. Visit our website at www.echn.org for more detailed information about the health system.
 
About HealthGrades
 HealthGrades is America's most trusted, independent source of physician information and hospital quality outcomes. HealthGrades online properties are the nation's leading destination for physician search and empower more than 170 million consumers annually to make informed healthcare decisions.