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Saint Joseph Hospital Recognized as Top 10 in Nation for Neurosurgery, Pulmonary Care and Stroke Care by Healthgrades - Archived


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Saint Joseph Hospital Recognized as Top 10 in Nation for Neurosurgery, Pulmonary Care and Stroke Care by Healthgrades

Lexington, Ky. (November 9, 2015) – Neurosurgery, pulmonary care and stroke care at Saint Joseph Hospital, part of KentuckyOne Health, are among the top 10 percent in the nation, according to this year’s evaluation from Healthgrades, the leading online resource helping consumers make informed decisions in order to find the right doctor, hospital and care.

Every year Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance at nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 33 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions.

The Healthgrades 2016 Report to the Nation demonstrates how clinical performance continues to differ dramatically between hospitals both nationally and regionally. This variation in care has a significant impact on health outcomes. For example, from 2012 through 2014, if all hospitals as a group, performed similarly to hospitals receiving five stars as a group, on average 222,392 lives could potentially have been saved and 166,086 complications could potentially have been avoided. A five-star rating indicates that Saint Joseph Hospital’s clinical outcomes are statistically significantly better than expected when treating the condition or conducting the procedure being evaluated.

Saint Joseph Hospital not only performs at a five-star level in neurosurgery, pulmonary care and stroke care, it outperforms other hospitals in the nation in the three specialties. As a result, the hospital has been recognized with 2016 Healthgrades Excellence Awards in neurosurgery, pulmonary care and stroke care.

“We are honored to have received Healthgrades recognition in three specialty areas this year,” said Sue Downs, interim president, Saint Joseph Hospital and Lexington market leader for KentuckyOne Health. “These recognitions for quality of care are a testament to the hard work and dedication of our physicians and hospital staff.”

Saint Joseph Hospital has invested $5.4 million in neurosurgery in recent years, including advanced technology such as the Aero Intraoperative CT and Brain Lab stereotactic guidance systems. Additional neuro-spine care beds were added on the hospital’s sixth floor.

Advances in pulmonary care include the initiation of a pulmonary intensivist model in 2010, which has led to robust interaction between pulmonary physicians, physician extenders, critical care nurses and respiratory therapists at the hospital resulting in high quality care for mechanically ventilated patients.

For stroke patients, the hospital is achieving extremely quick door to imaging times to validate treatment protocols when receiving stroke patient. The hospital has also made a capital investment in state-of-the-art mechanical thrombolytic instruments (bi-plane) used in the treatment of stroke.

Saint Joseph Hospital has also previously received the following recognition from Healthgrades:
• Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Heart Failure for five years in a row (2012-2016)
• Healthgrades Stroke Care Excellence Award four years in a row (2013-2016)
• Named Among the Top 10 percent in the Nation for Treatment of Stroke for four years in a row (2013-2016)
• Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Stroke for five years in a row (2012-2016)
• Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Pneumonia for six years in a row (2011-2016)
• Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of GI Bleed for four years in a row (2013-2016)
• Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Sepsis in 2016
In addition to Saint Joseph Hospital’s recognition, Saint Joseph East and Saint Joseph London, both part of KentuckyOne Health, also received Heathgrades recognition. Saint Joseph East received the 2016 Healthgrades Excellence Awards for pulmonary care. Saint Joseph London received a 2016 Healthgrades outstanding patient experience award.

For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 40 million Medicare inpatient records for nearly 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide, and assessed hospital performance relative to each of 33 common conditions and procedures. Healthgrades recognizes a hospital’s quality achievements for cohort-specific performance, specialty area performance, and overall clinical quality. Individual procedure or condition cohorts are designated as five star (statistically significantly better than expected), three star (not statistically different from expected), and one star (statistically significantly worse than expected) categories. The complete Healthgrades 2016 Report to the Nation with detailed cohort-specific outcomes data, hospital-specific quality achievements, and detailed study methodology, can be found at

About KentuckyOne Health
KentuckyOne Health, the largest and most comprehensive health system in the Commonwealth, has more than 200 locations including, hospitals, physician groups, clinics, primary care centers, specialty institutes and home health agencies in Kentucky and southern Indiana. KentuckyOne Health is dedicated to bringing wellness, healing and hope to all, including the underserved.  The system is made up of the former Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s HealthCare and Saint Joseph Health System, along with the University of Louisville Hospital and James Graham Brown Cancer Center. KentuckyOne Health is proud of and strengthened by its Catholic, Jewish and academic heritages.

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Monday, November 09, 2015