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Published on October 20, 2020

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

The accolades are from Healthgrades.


Healthgrades recognizes Alamance Regional Medical Center with five-star distinctions for treatment of respiratory failure and pneumonia. Healthgrades is a leading resource connecting consumers, physicians and health systems. Every year, Healthgrades evaluates nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 32 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions.Healthgrades Pneumonia Award 

“High-quality care means fewer deaths, fewer infections and fewer complications,” says Bruce Swords, MD, PhD, chief physician executive, Cone Health. “And Alamance Regional Medical Center is consistently providing high-quality care—especially for patients with pneumonia and respiratory failure.”  

Alamance Regional Medical Center has been a 5-star recipient for treatment of pneumonia for 10 consecutive years (2012-2021) and a 5-star recipient for treatment of respiratory failure for 7 consecutive years (2015-2021).

Patients treated at hospitals receiving a 5-star rating have a lower risk of dying and a lower risk of experiencing one or more complications than if they were treated at hospitals receiving a 1-star rating in that procedure or condition. From 2017 through 2019, if all hospitals as a group performed similarly to hospitals receiving 5-stars as a group, on average, 218,785 lives could potentially have been saved and complications in 148,681 patients could potentially have been avoided. *

Additionally, from 2017 through 2019, patients treated for community acquired pneumonia in hospitals with 5 stars for in-hospital mortality have, on average, a 74.1% lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals with 1 star for in-house mortality. * 

“Hospital quality has never been more important, and consumers are becoming more aware of the importance of researching where they receive care before they visit a hospital for a specific procedure or condition,” said Brad Bowman, MD, chief medical officer, Healthgrades. “Hospitals that receive a Healthgrades 5-star rating for treatment of pneumonia and respiratory failure demonstrate exceptional outcomes in their ability to provide quality care for patients.”                

* Statistics are based on Healthgrades analysis of MedPAR data for years 2017 through 2019 and represent three-year estimates for Medicare patients only. For appendectomy and bariatric surgery, Healthgrades used inpatient data from 16 states that provide all-payer data for years 2016 through 2018.