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CHI Health St. Elizabeth and Nebraska Heart Named Best in Nation for Care

May 07 2015

Lincoln, NE – CHI Health St. Elizabeth and Nebraska Heart announced that they have been recognized by Healthgrades for clinical excellence in several different categories, including Nebraska Heart named one of America’s 50 best hospitals for cardiac and vascular surgeries and St. Elizabeth named one of America’s 100 best hospitals for pulmonary care and prostate surgeries.

Healthgrades, the leading online resource helping consumers make informed decisions, evaluated nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 33 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions and identified the best performing hospitals. The findings were released in the Healthgrades 2015 Report to the Nation, which demonstrates how clinical performance differs between hospitals and the impact that this variation may have on health outcomes and organizational costs.

“Since we opened our doors in 2003, physicians and staff have challenged ourselves to compete with the best in the region and nation and to treat our patients just like our own family members,” says R Kent Jex, MD, president of CHI Health Nebraska Heart.

A five-star rating from Healthgrades indicates that hospital’s clinical outcomes are better than expected when treating the condition or conducting the procedure being evaluated. From 2011-2013, if all hospitals as a group, performed similarly to hospitals receiving five-stars as a group, on average 228,426 lives could potentially have been saved and 169,298 complications could potentially have been avoided.

Kim Moore, president of CHI Health St. Elizabeth, shares, “We are proud to be recognized by Healthgrades as it confirms our commitment to the high quality, low cost and excellent patient care we provide every day.”

Healthgrades shares that as Americans take more responsibility when it comes to their health, it is more important than ever for consumers to access objective measures of quality when selecting a physician and hospital. Evan Marks, chief strategy officer at Healthgrades, says, “Consumers who select a physician associated with a hospital with Healthgrades five-star performance in a specific procedure or condition can potentially improve their health outcomes and reduce costs.”

For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 40 million Medicare-patient records for nearly 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide, assessing 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. Detailed performance information, including the complete methodology, can be found at www.healthgrades.com/quality.


CHI Health Nebraska Heart 2015 achievements include:

America’s 100 Best by Specialty
One of America's 50 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery™ in 2015
One of America's 50 Best Hospitals for Vascular Surgery™ in 2015

Cardiac
Recipient of the Healthgrades Cardiac Surgery Excellence Award™ for 5 Years in a Row (2011-2015)
Named Among the Top 5% in the Nation for Cardiac Surgery in 2015
Named Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Cardiac Surgery for 5 Years in a Row (2011-2015)
Five-Star Recipient for Coronary Bypass Surgery for 11 Years in a Row (2005-2015)
Five-Star Recipient for Valve Surgery in 2015
Five-Star Recipient for Pacemaker Procedures for 2 Years in a Row (2014-2015)

Vascular
Recipient of the Healthgrades Vascular Surgery Excellence Award™ for 5 Years in a Row (2011-2015)
Named Among the Top 5% in the Nation for Vascular Surgery for 5 Years in a Row (2011-2015)
Five-Star Recipient for Repair of Abdominal Aorta for 2 Years in a Row (2014-2015)
Five-Star Recipient for Carotid Surgery for 11 Years in a Row (2005-2015)
Five-Star Recipient for Peripheral Vascular Bypass for 5 Years in a Row (2011-2015)

Outstanding Patient
Recipient of the Healthgrades Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ for 7 Years in a Row (2009-2014)
Named Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Outstanding Patient Experience for 7 Years in a Row (2009-2014)

Patient Safety
Recipient of the Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award™ for 2 Years in a Row (2013-2014)
Named Among the Top 5% in the Nation for Patient Safety for 2 Years in a Row (2013-2014)


CHI Health St. Elizabeth 2015 achievements include:

America’s 100 Best by Specialty
One of America's 100 Best Hospitals for Pulmonary Care™ in 2015
One of America's 100 Best Hospitals for Prostate Surgeries™ in 2015

Cardiac
Five-Star Recipient for Pacemaker Procedures for 2 Years in a Row (2014-2015)

Orthopaedics
Five-Star Recipient for Total Knee Replacement for 2 Years in a Row (2014-2015)
Five-Star Recipient for Back Surgery for 2 Years in a Row (2014-2015)

Pulmonary
Recipient of the Healthgrades Pulmonary Care Excellence Award™ for 2 Years in a Row (2014-2015)
Named Among the Top 5% in the Nation for Overall Pulmonary Services in 2015
Named Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Overall Pulmonary Services for 2 Years in a Row (2014-2015)
Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease for 2 Years in a Row (2014-2015)
Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Pneumonia for 2 Years in a Row (2014-2015)

Prostate Surgery
Recipient of the Healthgrades 2015 Prostate Surgery Excellence Award™
Named Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Prostate Surgery in 2015
Five-Star Recipient for Transurethral Prostate Resection Surgery in 2015

Gastrointestinal
Named Among the Top 5% in the Nation for GI Medical Treatment in 2015
Five-Star Recipient for Small Intestine Surgeries for 2 Years in a Row (2014-2015)
Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of GI Bleed in 2015
Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Bowel Obstruction for 2 Years in a Row (2014-2015)

Critical Care
Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Pulmonary Embolism for 2 Years in a Row (2014-2015)

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About Nebraska Heart

In 2003, CHI Health Nebraska Heart was founded as the state’s first heart-exclusive hospital. The 63-bed, state-of-the-art facility provides patients and families throughout the region with leading-edge services delivered in a caring environment. Nebraska Heart includes three operating suites, a Cardiac Hybrid OR, three cardiac catheterization labs, peripheral vascular and electrophysiology labs and comprehensive imaging services. The organization includes 34 physicians and more than 400 clinical and support staff. For more information, visit www.CHIhealthNEHeart.com.

About St. Elizabeth

CHI Health St. Elizabeth, founded over 125 years ago, is a full-service, nonprofit medical center in Lincoln, Nebraska. Since 2004, St. Elizabeth has been recognized as a Magnet hospital for excellence in nursing. St. Elizabeth is guided by its core values of reverence, integrity, compassion and excellence to devote funding and resources to programs and services that benefit their patients as well as the health of the greater community. St. Elizabeth is part of CHI Health and Catholic Health Initiatives. For more information, visit www.CHIhealthStElizabeth.com.

About CHI Health

CHI Health is a regional health network with a unified mission: nurturing the healing ministry of the Church while creating healthier communities. Headquartered in Omaha, the combined organization consists of 15 hospitals, two stand-alone behavioral health facilities and more than 150 employed physician practice locations in Nebraska and southwestern Iowa. More than 12,000 employees comprise the workforce of this network that includes 2,820 licensed beds and serves as the primary teaching partner of Creighton University’s health sciences schools. In fiscal year 2014, the organization provided a combined $149.3 million in quantified community benefit including services for the poor, free clinics, education and research. With locations stretching from Kearney, Neb. to Missouri Valley, Iowa, the health network is the largest in Nebraska and serves residents of Nebraska and southwest Iowa. For more information, visit www.CHIhealth.com.

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