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Published on October 19, 2021

Johnston Health is Healthgrade’s 5-star recipient for treatment of heart attack

Johnston Health is 5-star rated for treatment of heart attack outcomes according to new research released by Healthgrades, the leading resource that connects consumers, physicians and health systems. Every year, Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance at nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 31 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions.

This analysis shows that patients treated at hospitals receiving a 5-star rating have a lower risk of mortality and a lower risk of experiencing one or more complications during a hospital stay than if they were treated at hospitals receiving a 1-star rating in that procedure or condition. From 2018 through 2020, if all hospitals as a group performed similarly to hospitals receiving 5-stars as a group, on average, 218,141 lives could potentially have been saved, and complications in 156,050 patients could potentially have been avoided.

Additionally, from 2018-2020, patients treated for heart attack in hospitals with 5-stars for in-hospital mortality have, on average 49.6% lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals with 1-star for in-house mortality.

“Consumers are increasingly becoming aware of the differences of care provided by different hospitals. Consumers can feel confident that hospitals receiving a Healthgrades 5-star rating have demonstrated exceptional outcomes and their ability to provide quality care,” said Dr. Brad Bowman, chief medical officer and head of data science at Healthgrades.

Ruth Marler, chief operating officer at Johnston Health, says the 5-star rating reflects the organization’s commitment to providing quality care. “Our clinical teams and medical providers work tirelessly to grow services, improve processes and update technology,” she adds. “They have a heartfelt passion for every patient in their care.”

Earlier this year, Johnston Health received the 2021 Patient Safety Excellence Award.

Also notable, Johnston Health is nationally recognized by the American Heart Association for improving stroke treatment. The hospital recently earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval and the American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Advanced Primary Stroke certification.

For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 45 million Medicare inpatient records for nearly 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide to assess hospital performance in 31 common conditions and procedures and evaluated outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 16 states.

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 5-star (statistically significantly better than expected), 3-star (not statistically different from expected), and 1-star (statistically significantly worse than expected).

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