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Published on October 23, 2019

Alamance Regional Medical Center Earns 5 Stars for Treatment of Pneumonia and Respiratory Failure

 The ratings reflect lower mortality and fewer complications.


Greensboro—Alamance Regional Medical Center rates 5 stars for the treatment of pneumonia and respiratory failure according to a national report released by Healthgrades. Healthgrades is the leading online resource for information about physicians and hospitals.

“High-quality health care is about saving lives and helping people return to as normal a life as possible after an illness,” says Bruce Swords, MD, PhD, chief physician executive, Cone Health. “These awards show that we are doing just that at Alamance Regional Medical Center.”

Pneumonia Award

According to Healthgrades, from 2016 through2018, if all hospitals on average performed similarly to hospitals receiving 5 stars on average, 220,019 lives could potentially have been saved and 149,403 complications could potentially have been avoided. A 5-star rating indicates that Alamance Regional Medical Center’s clinical outcomes are statistically significantly better than expected when treating pneumonia and respiratory failure. 

Every year Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance at nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 32 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions using Medicare data, and additional analyzes outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 15 states.  Alamance Regional Medical Center has received the Five-Star Distinction in Treatment of Pneumonia for 9 years in a row (2012-2020) and the Five-Star Distinction in Treatment of Respiratory Failure for 6 years in a row (2015-2020). 

Additionally, from 2016 through 2018, patients treated for community acquired pneumonia in hospitals with 5 stars for in-hospital mortality have, on average, a 72.6 percent lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals with 1 star for in-house mortality.

Respiratory Failure Award

 “Consumers have many choices when it comes to choosing a hospital where to receive care and the choice can be a matter of life and death,” said Brad Bowman, MD, chief medical officer at Healthgrades. “The hospitals that have been recognized as 5-star rated for specific procedures and conditions stand out above the rest for the ongoing dedication and commitment to providing exceptional care to their patients.” 

The complete Healthgrades 2020 Report to the Nation and detailed study methodology, can be found at

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