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Wednesday May. 11, 2016
Healthgrades Recognizes Broward Health Medical Center as Among America’s 50 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery Care and Among Top 5% in the Nation for Cardiac Surgery Care

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. - Broward Health Medical Center (BHMC) is one of America’s 50 Best™ hospitals for cardiac surgery care and among the top 5% of hospitals in the nation for cardiac surgery care as measured by lowest risk-adjusted mortality, according to this year’s evaluation from Healthgrades, the leading online resource helping consumers make informed decisions in order to find the right doctor, the right hospital and the right care.

Every year, Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance at nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 33 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions and identified the 50 best-performing hospitals across all conditions or procedures within the cardiac surgery service line. Broward Health Medical Center also received Healthgrades® 2016 Cardiac Surgery Excellence Award™.

These achievements are part of findings released online and in the Healthgrades 2016 Report to the Nation. The new report demonstrates how clinical performance continues to differ dramatically between hospitals both nationally and regionally. This variation in care may have a significant impact on health outcomes. For example, from 2012 through 2014, if all hospitals as a group performed similarly to hospitals receiving 5 stars as a group, on average 222,392 lives could potentially have been saved and 166,086 complications could potentially have been avoided.* A 5-star rating indicates that Broward Health Medical Center’s clinical outcomes are statistically significantly better than expected when treating the condition or conducting the procedure being evaluated.

For the 2016 Report to the Nation, Healthgrades compared Specialty Excellence Award Recipients as a group to all other hospitals as a group. The report found that from 2012-2014, patients treated at hospitals receiving the America’s 50 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery Award™ have, on average, a 49.8% lower risk of dying than if there were treated in hospitals that did not receive the award. 

“It’s a great honor to be named among the nation’s best hospitals for cardiac surgery care and this recognition demonstrates our commitment to quality patient care,” said Mark D. Sprada, MBA, BSN, RN, Broward Health Medical Center Interim CEO, Broward Health Vice President and Corporate Chief Nursing Officer

“I’m extremely proud of the Broward Health Medical Center team and this achievement underscores the quality and compassionate care of our medical staff and employees.

For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 40 million Medicare inpatient records for nearly 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide, and assessed hospital performance relative to each of 33 common conditions and procedures. Healthgrades recognizes a hospital’s quality achievements for cohort-specific performance, specialty area performance, and overall clinical quality. Individual procedure or condition cohorts are designated as 5 star (statistically significantly better than expected), 3 star (not statistically different from expected), and 1 star (statistically significantly worse than expected) categories. The complete Healthgrades 2016 Report to the Nation with detailed cohort-specific outcomes data, hospital-specific quality achievements, and detailed study methodology, can be found

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