Lafayette General Receives Clinical Excellence Award for Spine Surgery
- 10/14/2008 -
Lafayette General Medical Center’s quality award ranks its care among the top 5% nationally Findings are based on HealthGrades’ 11th Annual Hospital Quality in America Study
Lafayette General Medical Center announces that it has received the 2009 clinical excellence award for Spine Surgery from HealthGrades, the leading independent healthcare ratings company. This award places Lafayette General Medical Center’s clinical outcomes in the top five percent nationally for spine surgery.
Other notable HealthGrades recognitions and awards include: • Five-Star Rated for Spine Surgery • Five-Star Rated for Back and Neck Surgery (except Spinal Fusion) • Five-Star Rated for Back and Neck Surgery (Spinal Fusion)
“Every day at Lafayette General, our nurses and clinical staff work hand-in-hand with referring physicians to provide the best quality of care possible,” says David Callecod, president and CEO. “Today, that commitment to quality and excellence is reaffirmed by HealthGrades. Though we have achieved a five-star rating for spine surgery four years in a row, this Spine Surgery Excellence Award only motivates our entire hospital staff to reach higher. National recognition of orthopedics and neurosurgical services means we have the tools and standards in place to achieve top clinical outcomes in all hospital services.”
These findings were included in the eleventh annual HealthGrades Hospital Quality in America Study, which is the most comprehensive study of its kind, analyzing more than 41 million Medicare hospitalization records from 2005 to 2007 at the nation’s approximately 5,000 non-federal hospitals.
Each hospital receives a star rating based on its patient outcomes in terms of mortality or complication rates for each procedure or treatment. Hospitals are rated as “better than expected” (5-Star), “as expected” (3-Star), and “worse than expected” (1-Star). Because no two hospitals or their patients’ risk profiles are alike, HealthGrades employs extensive risk-adjustment algorithms to ensure that it is making analogous comparisons.
Based on the study, HealthGrades today made available its 2009 quality ratings for virtually every hospital in the U.S. at www.healthgradescom, a Web site designed to help individuals research and compare healthcare providers.
On its Web site, HealthGrades offers, free to consumers, quality ratings of 27 procedures and treatments for virtually every hospital in the country. The Web site is designed so that consumers can easily compare patient outcomes at their local hospitals for procedures ranging from aortic aneurysm repair to bypass surgery.
About Lafayette General Medical Center As the largest, full-service, acute-care medical center in the nine parishes of Acadiana, Lafayette General Medical Center takes to heart its mission of improving, maintaining and restoring the health of people in the communities we serve. LGMC is a community-owned hospital, so as such all profits are reinvested in the hospital for purchasing unsurpassed technology, maintaining a highly trained staff and adding new and improved services.