Tuesday, January 26, 2010 - BGMC Among Top Five Percent in Nation for Quality of Patient Outcomes

Fort Lauderdale, FL - HealthGrades, the leading independent healthcare ratings organization, has ranked Broward General Medical Center in the top five percent throughout the nation in quality of patient outcomes. Broward General is one of only 269 hospitals ranked in the new study earning it the HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence Award™. The comprehensive study analyzed 40 million hospitalization records from 5,000 hospitals over the years 2006 to 2008.

“We are honored to have earned this exceptional recognition,” said James Thaw, CEO of Broward General Medical Center. “Being ranked among the best hospitals in the nation reflects the commitment of the doctors, nurses, and staff at Broward General Medical Center to deliver the best possible care to our community, and our dedication to continually improving patient outcomes.”

Hospitals like Broward General Medical Center ranked in the top five percent in the nation by the eighth annual HealthGrades Hospital Quality and Clinical Excellence study had, as a group, better patient outcomes and were improving their outcomes at a faster rate than all other nonfederal hospitals.

It has become an industry standard to evaluate and compare the quality of care at hospitals both in terms of patient outcomes and the mortality and complication rates that patients experience at each hospital compared with all other hospitals. 

Risk-adjusted mortality rates at Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence were 29 percent lower when compared to the other 95 percent of hospitals. In-hospital complication rates were 9 percent lower. In addition, these hospitals improved their mortality rates by an average of 14 percent, while the other 95 percent of hospitals improved by an average of 10 percent.

“Our data shows that only a select few hospitals achieve high-quality patient outcomes not just in a few categories of care, but across the board and over time,” said Rick May, MD, a vice president with HealthGrades and an author of the study. “Patients in communities with a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence should feel proud of the hospital’s accomplishments, and confident that their level of care among the very best in the nation.”

Broward General is also ranked in the top five percent in the nation for stroke care for 2010.
This is the eighth year that HealthGrades has independently analyzed the clinical quality performance of all non-federal hospitals across the country in 26 procedures and diagnoses. In the study, the company reviewed approximately 40 million hospitalization records from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, over the years 2006, 2007 and 2008.  All hospitals that participate in the Medicare program were part of the independent study. Hospitals that receive the HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence are those hospitals that rank in the top five percent when all 26 individual scores are aggregated into an overall score. A full copy of the study is available at

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