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Published on February 18, 2020

Three Cone Health Hospitals Among Top 5% of U.S. Hospitals for Care
Top hospitals provide measurably better care and even a lower risk of dying.


GreensboroAnnie Penn Hospital, The Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital and Wesley Long Hospital have achieved Healthgrades 2020 America’s 250 Best Hospitals Award™. The distinction places them in the top 5% of nearly 4,500 hospitals assessed nationwide for superior clinical performance as measured by Healthgrades. Healthgrades is a resource that connects consumers, physicians and health systems. This marks the fifth consecutive year (2016-2020) that these hospitals have received the America’s 250 Best Hospitals Award. Less than half of the 250 hospitals (113) have earned the award for 5 or more years.

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“Great care means listening to the patient, providing the latest research-based care and avoiding falls, infections and other complications,” says Bruce Swords, MD, PhD, chief physician executive, Cone Health. “It’s a philosophy we adhere to, not only in hospitals, but in every physician office and every clinic across Cone Health.”

From 2016 through 2018, patients treated in hospitals achieving the award had, on average, a 26.6% lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the award, as measured across 19 rated conditions and procedures for which mortality is the outcome.*

If all hospitals in that same time period performed similarly to those achieving the Healthgrades America's 250 Best Hospitals Award, 161,930 lives could potentially have been saved. For example, patients treated for sepsis in hospitals achieving the award have, on average, a 25.5% lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the award. *

“Hospital quality varies significantly from hospital to hospital, so it’s important for consumers to do their research and select a hospital that provides the best level of care for their specific needs,” says Brad Bowman, MD, chief medical officer, Healthgrades. “We congratulate the recipients of Healthgrades America’s 250 Best Hospitals Award for their commitment to improving clinical outcomes for patients.”

During the 2020 study period (2016 through 2018), 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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