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Published on October 19, 2016

Cone Health Among the Top 5 Percent of Hospitals in the Nation for Pulmonary Care

Cone Health also receives high marks from Healthgrades in many other specialties.

Cone Health, including Alamance Regional Medical Center, Annie Penn Hospital, The Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital, Wesley Long Hospital and Women’s Hospital, has been recognized by Healthgrades as one of “America’s 100 Best Hospitals™ for Pulmonary Care” for a second consecutive year (2016-2017). This puts the hospitals in the top 5 percent when it comes to pulmonary care. Healthgrades identified the 100 best-performing hospitals across all conditions or procedures evaluated within pulmonary care.

From 2013 to 2015, patients treated in hospitals receiving the America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Pulmonary Care have, on average, a 52 percent lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the award1.

Healthgrades evaluated nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 34 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions. Cone Health also:

  • Received the Healthgrades Stroke Care Excellence Award.
  • Was named among the top 10 percent in the nation for Gastroenterology Medical Treatment for a third consecutive year (2015-2017).
  • Was recognized as a Five-Star Recipient in the Treatment of Heart Failure, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Pneumonia, Sepsis and Respiratory Failure.

“These accolades are for conditions that are major concerns to health networks and their patients,” says Cone Health Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer Bruce Swords, MD. “It really is a testament to the skill and dedication of the staff and medical staff to be recognized among the best in treating them.”

Annie Penn Hospital, Moses Cone Hospital and Wesley Long Hospital are also the only hospitals in the Piedmont Triad2 to receive Five-Star Ratings in both the Total Knee Replacement and Total Hip Replacement categories.

These achievements are part of Healthgrades 2017 Report to the Nation released yesterday. The report demonstrates how clinical performance differs dramatically between hospitals nationally, regionally and locally, and the impact that this variation may have on health outcomes. For example, from 2013 to 2015, if all hospitals performed similarly to hospitals receiving five stars, 223,412 lives could potentially have been saved and 162,215 complications could potentially have been avoided1. A five-star rating indicates that a hospital’s clinical outcomes are statistically significantly better than expected when treating the condition or performing the procedure being evaluated.

“The Healthgrades 2017 Report to the Nation reveals striking disparities in the quality observed among the nation’s hospitals, and underscores why it is vital for consumers to understand outcomes performance at specific hospitals for specific conditions and procedures,” said Evan Marks, Chief Strategy Officer for Healthgrades. “A given community may have many hospitals, but only a precious few may provide better-than-expected outcomes for the specific care a patient needs. Those hospitals that have achieved the Healthgrades 100 Best Pulmonary distinction have demonstrated a commitment to exceptional quality of care.”

The complete Healthgrades 2017 Report to the Nation and detailed study methodology, can be found at

1 Statistics are based on Healthgrades analysis of MedPAR data for years 2013 through 2015 and represent 3-year estimates for Medicare patients only.

2 Piedmont Triad includes: Alamance, Caswell, Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Guilford, Montgomery, Randolph, Stokes, Surry and Yadkin Counties in North Carolina.

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