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    3 area hospitals among the best

    (1/27/2011) (From New Haven Register)

    By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo, Naugatuck Valley Bureau Chief

    Three area hospitals made HealthGrades’ list of Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence: Yale-New Haven Hospital and the Hospital of Saint Raphael in New Haven, and Griffin Hospital in Derby.

    Four others in the state also made the list. They are: Hartford Hospital, Manchester Memorial Hospital, Middlesex Hospital and Norwalk Hospital.

    HealthGrades, of Colorado, is an independent health care ratings organization. It released its annual Hospital Quality and Clinical Excellence Study Wednesday.

    Each year, the company assesses the quality of care of hospitals and publishes the results on the Internet, to help people do research when they are choosing a hospital.

    Of the country’s about 5,000 short-term, nonfederal, non-children’s, acute care hospitals, only 268 hospitals, or about 5 percent, had risk-adjusted mortality and complication rates low enough to earn this designation, according to the study.

    The company announced the results of its study at its website, www.healthgrades.com. Consumers can visit the site to find information about hospitals, health care providers and quality ratings.

    Dr. Rick May, HealthGrades’ vice president of clinical quality services and a co-author of the study, said in a press release Wednesday, “No longer is today’s health care consumer simply looking for the least expensive option when it comes to medical care. They expect high-quality and are willing to go out of their way to get it.”

    Dr. Alan Kliger, St. Raphael’s senior vice president, chief medical officer and chief quality officer, said, “We are thrilled that HealthGrades has recognized the Hospital of Saint Raphael as a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence, ranking us among the top 5 percent of hospitals nationwide in quality. This validates our enduring commitment at St. Raphael’s to ensure the highest caliber of care for our patients.”

    This is the fourth year in a row that Saint Raphael’s has gotten the designation from HealthGrades, according to hospital spokeswoman Liese Klein.

    William Powanda, vice president of support services at Griffin Hospital, said the hospital takes pride in being recognized with the award, which Griffin also got in 2009 and 2010.

    “Griffin not only strives to exceed patient expectations by providing an exceptional patient experience, but also superior clinical outcomes and quality of care,” Powanda said. “The beneficiary is the patients we serve, as the data from HealthGrades cites that patients at hospitals receiving the Distinguished Hospital award have an almost 30 percent lower risk-adjusted mortality rate and an almost 2 percent lower rate of risk-adjusted complications.”

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