Saint Joseph Hospital Named One of Healthgrades 2021 America’s 250 Best Hospitals; Only Hospital in Kentucky to Receive Distinction Three Years in Row


Saint Joseph Hospital among the top 5% of U.S. hospitals for clinical outcomes

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 9, 2021) – Saint Joseph Hospital today announced that it has achieved the Healthgrades 2021 America’s 250 Best Hospitals Award™ for the third consecutive year, making it the only hospital in Kentucky to achieve this distinction for three years in a row. The facility is also the only hospital in the greater Lexington area to receive this award for 2021 and one of only three in the state. The distinction places Saint Joseph Hospital in the top 5% of nearly 4,500 hospitals assessed nationwide for its superior clinical performance as measured by Healthgrades, the leading resource that connects consumers, physicians and health systems.

“Being recognized among the top five percent of hospitals nationwide is truly an honor for everyone at Saint Joseph Hospital,” said Dan Goulson, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Saint Joseph Hospital and CHI Saint Joseph Health. “Our committed physicians and employees who provide quality care and services to all patients are the reason we have now received this award for three consecutive years. We cannot thank our team enough for their hard work and dedication. Since our inception in 1877 as Lexington’s first hospital, we have tirelessly cared for the surrounding communities. And more than a century later, we still consider the opportunity one of our highest privileges.”

From 2017 through 2019, patients treated in hospitals receiving the Healthgrades America’s 250 Best Hospitals Award had, on average, a 27.4% 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.*

And during that same period, if all hospitals performed similarly to those achieving the award, 167,235 lives could potentially have been saved. For example, patients treated for community acquired pneumonia in hospitals achieving the Healthgrades America's 250 Best Hospitals Award have, on average, a 38.1% lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the award.*

“Given that the delivery of health care has profoundly changed due to COVID-19, we want to extend our congratulations to the hospitals that received Healthgrades America’s 250 Best Award. These organizations are committed to providing exceptional clinical outcomes for their patients,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades.

In addition to being named one of America’s 250 Best Hospitals, Saint Joseph Hospital also recently received the following awards from Healthgrades:

  • America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Pulmonary Care for three years in a row (2019-2021)
  • America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Gastrointestinal Care in 2021
  • America’s 100 Best Hospitals for General Surgery in 2021
  • America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Critical Care for three years in a row (2019-2021)
  • Top 5% in the Nation for Overall Pulmonary Services for six years in a row (2016-2021)
  • Top 5% in the Nation for Overall GI Services in 2021
  • Top 5% in the Nation for General Surgery in 2021
  • Top 5% in the Nation for Critical Care for three years in a row (2019-2021)
  • Top 10% in the Nation for Cranial Neurosurgery in 2021
  • Top 10% in the Nation for Overall Pulmonary Services for six years in a row (2016-2021)
  • Top 10% in the Nation for Overall GI Services for three years in a row (2019-2021)
  • Top 10% in the Nation for General Surgery for three years in a row (2019-2021)
  • Top 10% in the Nation for GI Medical Treatment in 2021
  • Top 10% in the Nation for Critical Care for three years in a row (2019-2021)
  • Five-Star Recipient of Heart Failure for 10 years in a row (2012-2021)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Stroke in 2021
  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Pneumonia for 11 years in a row (2011-2021)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Esophageal/Stomach Surgeries for two years in a row (2020-2021)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Small Intestine Surgeries in 2021
  • Five-Star Recipient for Colorectal Surgeries for four years in a row (2018-2021)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of GI Bleed in 2021
  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Sepsis for six years in a row (2016-2021)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Respiratory Failure for five years in a row (2017-2021)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Diabetic Emergencies in 2021
  • Healthgrades 2021 Cranial Neurosurgery Excellence Award in 2021
  • Healthgrades Pulmonary Care Excellence Award for six years in a row (2016-2021)
  • Healthgrades Gastrointestinal Care Excellence Award for three years in a row (2019-2021)
  • Healthgrades General Surgery Excellence Award for three years in a row (2019-2021)
  • Healthgrades Critical Care Excellence Award for three years in a row (2019-2021) 

Healthgrades America’s 250 Best Hospitals Award recipients are recognized for overall clinical excellence and providing top quality care across multiple specialty lines and areas. During the 2021 study period (Medicare Fiscal Years 2017-2019), 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).

To learn more about how Healthgrades determines award recipients, and for more information on Healthgrades Quality Solutions, please visit www.healthgrades.com/quality.

*Statistics are based on Healthgrades analysis of MedPAR data for years 2017 through 2019 and represent three-year estimates for Medicare patients only.

About CHI Saint Joseph Health
CHI Saint Joseph Health, part of CommonSpirit Health, is one of the largest and most comprehensive health systems in the Commonwealth of Kentucky with 100 locations in 20 counties, including hospitals, physician groups, clinics, primary care centers, specialty institutes and home health agencies. In total, the health system serves patients in 35 counties statewide. CHI Saint Joseph Health is dedicated to providing a wide array of services toward a goal of building a healthier future for all. CHI Saint Joseph Health embodies a strong mission and faith-based heritage and works through local partnerships to expand access to care in the communities it serves.

About Saint Joseph Hospital
Saint Joseph Hospital is a 433-bed hospital located in Lexington, KY. Established in 1877 by the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth in Kentucky, the facility serves residents of central and eastern Kentucky and is a nationally recognized tertiary medical center. Saint Joseph Hospital is Lexington’s first hospital. The hospital’s original mission was to provide compassionate care to the poor and underserved – a tradition still carried out today.

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Publish Date: 

Tuesday, February 09, 2021

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