Carle has announced that it has achieved the Healthgrades 2021 America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award™. Carle Foundation Hospital is among the top one percent of nearly 4,500 hospitals assessed nationwide for superior clinical performance year-over-year according to Healthgrades, the leading resource that connects consumers, physicians and health systems. CarleFoundation Hospital has received the America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award for six consecutive years (2016-2021).
“We’re proud to not only be a regional leader, but also a national leader in healthcare,” Robert Healy, MD, chief Quality officer said. “This achievement is a wonderful way of recognizing sustained performance and excellent outcomes for our patients year over year.”
Carle Hospital was also recognized with the following achievements in 2021:
- One of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Care™ for 5 years in a row (2017-2021)
- One of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Gastrointestinal Care™ for 3 years in a row (2019-2021)
- One of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Critical Care™ for 3 years in a row (2019-2021)
- One of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Pulmonary Care™ in 2021
- One of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Stroke Care™ in 2021
- Coronary Intervention Excellence Award™ in 2021
- Neurosciences Excellence Award™ for 3 years in a row (2019-2021)
“COVID-19 has profoundly changed the delivery of healthcare but what is unchanged is the importance of high quality care. Those hospitals that achieved the America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award have exhibited a long-standing commitment to quality and superior clinical outcomes, which differentiates them from other healthcare organizations. We applaud their ongoing efforts,” Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades, said.
From 2017 through 2019, if all hospitals performed similarly to those achieving Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award, 177,026 lives could potentially have been saved. For example, patients treated for community acquired pneumonia at a hospital that achieved the award had, on average, a 35.9 percent lower risk of dying during their hospital stay than if treated at a hospital that did not receive the award.*During that same time frame, patients treated in hospitals achieving the award had, on average, a 25.7 percent 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.*
Carle’s efforts led to its recognition as one of the America’s Best hospitals. Carle is one of four hospitals in Illinois and the only hospital outside the Chicago metro area to receive the Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals distinction. Carle Foundation Hospital is the only hospital outside the Chicago metro area to be one of America’s best hospitals in:
- Cardiac Care
- Critical Care
- Stroke Care
Carle is only hospital in Illinois to receive the America’s 100 Best Hospitals in Cardiac Care, Critical Care, Stroke Care and Gastrointestinal Care Awards in 2021.
“Our team is what makes these awards a reality for Carle,” Elizabeth Angelo, senior vice president, Chief Nursing Officer, said. “Without their hard work, commitment to excellence and dedication to our patients’ outcomes we wouldn’t be where we are at today. Their skill and compassion make us successful.”
Healthgrades America’s 50 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.
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