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Published on April 06, 2016

Cone Health Hospitals Achieve Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence

Cone Health Hospitals are among the top five-percent of hospitals in the nation for clinical outcomes

Cone Health hospitals have received the 2016 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellencefrom Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. The distinction puts Cone Health hospitals among the top 5 percent of more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide for clinical performance. The award is based on the quality of care provided at Alamance Regional Medical Center, Annie Penn Hospital, Moses Cone Hospital, Wesley Long Hospital and Women’s Hospital.

2016 Award

“Being recognized among the top 5 percent of hospitals when it comes to the quality of health care is an amazing accomplishment,” says Cone Health Executive Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer Mary Jo Cagle, MD. “Each and every one of us at Cone Health is honored and thrilled to bring that level of quality to the communities we serve.”

Nationally, 260 hospitals out of 1,485 eligible hospitals were recognized as recipients of the Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence Award. Cone Health hospitals are among the top 5 percent of hospitals in the nation with high-quality care across at least 21 of 32 common inpatient conditions and procedures, as evaluated by Healthgrades. For example, in the state of North Carolina there were nine hospitals out of 33 eligible hospitals recognized as recipients of the Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence Award. Cone Health hospitals are recognized among the hospitals in the state of North Carolina with some of the best quality care across a broad spectrum of common inpatient conditions and procedures, as evaluated by Healthgrades.


From 2012 through 2014, Healthgrades Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence, as a group, had a 26.5 percent lower risk adjusted in-hospital mortality rate across 19 procedures and conditions where mortality was the clinical outcome, compared to all other hospitals. During this same period, if all other hospitals performed at the level of Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence across these 19 procedures and conditions, 158,858 lives could potentially have been saved. For example, patients treated at a hospital that achieved the Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence Award had, on average, a 25.5 percent lower risk of dying from a stroke than if treated at a hospital that did not achieve this distinction.

“Unfortunately, not all hospitals perform equally when it comes to clinical outcomes, so it’s important that consumers do their research in order to find the right care,” says Healthgrades Chief Strategy Officer Evan Marks. “We commend those hospitals that have achieved Healthgrades 2016 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence for demonstrating an unwavering commitment to high-quality care to accomplish these results.”

To learn more about how Healthgrades determines Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ recipients, please visit www.healthgrades.com/quality.

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