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Published on February 12, 2019

Cone Health Again Makes 250 Best Hospitals List

If you are treated at a hospital on this list, you have a much lower chance of dying.

Annie Penn Hospital, The Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital, Wesley Long Hospital and Women’s Hospital have achieved the Healthgrades 2019 America’s 250 Best Hospitals Award™. They are collectively on the list as Cone Health. The distinction places them in the top 5% of more than 4,500 hospitals assessed nationwide for superior clinical performance as measured by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.

“Quality isn’t something you simply achieve. This is the fourth consecutive year we have received this award. Quality is part of our culture,” says Bruce Swords, MD, PhD, chief physician executive, Cone Health. “What makes this so important is that high-quality health care can be the difference between life and death.”

From 2015 through 2017, patients treated in hospitals receiving the Healthgrades America’s 250 Best Hospitals Award had, on average, a 27.1% lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals not receiving the award, as measured across 19 rated conditions and procedures for which mortality is the outcome.

During that same period, 168,165 lives could potentially have been saved if all hospitals performed similarly to those achieving the award. For example, patients treated for respiratory failure in hospitals achieving the Healthgrades America's 250 Best Hospitals Award have, on average, a 25.4% lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the award.

“The Healthgrades America’s 250 Best Hospital Award is a tool that consumers can use to identify the best hospitals for their care needs,” said Brad Bowman, chief medical officer, Healthgrades. “We commend recipient hospitals for showing their dedication to patients by delivering exceptional clinical outcomes.”

Recipients of the Healthgrades America’s 250 Best Hospitals Award are recognized for overall clinical excellence across a broad spectrum of care. During the 2019 study period (2015 through 2017), these hospitals showed superior performance in clinical outcomes for patients in the Medicare population across at least 21 of 32 most common inpatient conditions and procedures — as measured by objective performance data (risk-adjusted mortality and in-hospital complications).

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