Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital
ALBANY, Ga. -- Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital officials announced Thursday that it had been ranked No. 1 in Georgia for vascular surgery in a new report from Healthgrades.
The hospital is also a recipient of the Healthgrades Vascular Surgery Excellence Award for 2013, according to the hospital's Healthgrades quality report. The quality report further shows that Phoebe was ranked as a five-star recipient for carotid surgery and peripheral vascular bypass in its most recent Healthgrades rankings.
"This designation in vascular surgery demonstrates excellence," said Joe Austin, chief operating officer at Phoebe, in a statement. "It's indicative of the outstanding efforts of our surgeons and the entire Phoebe team who focus on the quality of care for our patients."
Dr. Dan Martin, medical director of Phoebe's vascular program, said the focus on quality initiatives has been key in achieving recognition.
"We are protocol-driven because we know improvement requires consistency," he said. "A team approach to care allows us to manage cases with clinical outcomes in mind."
Georgia, as a whole, performed statistically better in risk-adjusted complications than the U.S. average in carotid surgery -- 11.6 percent versus 12.7 percent -- and peripheral vascular bypass -- 18 percent versus 20.4 percent. While Georgia had better-than-expected performance in carotid surgery, that level of performance was not observed everywhere in the state, according to the 2013 Hospital Quality in Georgia Report.
The new report, American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2013: Healthgrades Report to the Nation, evaluated how nearly 5,000 hospitals nationwide performed on risk-adjusted mortality and complication rates for 28 of the most common conditions treated as well as procedures performed from 2009 through 2011.
In its study, Healthgrades said that patients have a 75 percent lower risk of dying when treated at a hospital receiving five stars than if they are treated at a hospital receiving one star based on risk-adjusted mortality rates across 18 common procedures and diagnoses such as coronary artery bypass graft, stroke and pneumonia.
Healthgrades also found that 235,378 lives could have been saved during 2009-2011 if all hospitals performed at a five-star level. A recent Healthgrades survey, which is cited in the report, shows that more than 90 percent of Americans in 27 top designated market areas believe that choosing a hospital or physician is at the top of the list of significant life decisions, even though only 34 percent know where to find information on performance factors.
More information on the American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2013: Healthgrades Report to the Nation, including the complete methodology, can be found at www.healthgrades.com/quality.