The Healthgrades analysis revealed that, on average, America’s Best Hospitals outperformed their peers in treating a core group of conditions that account for more than 80 percent of mortalities in areas evaluated, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, respiratory failure, sepsis and stroke. These hospitals are also among the top 5 percent in the nation that deliver high-quality care across at least 21 of 32 common inpatient conditions and procedures, according to the Healthgrades analysis.
“We have put a tremendous amount of effort into boosting our quality scores because in the end, that means better outcomes for patients,” said Kelly Gray-Eurom, MD, chief quality officer for UF Health Jacksonville. “This shows that the steps we have taken, and continue to take, are having a dramatic, positive effect on care.”
Patients treated in hospitals named as America’s Best Hospitals have, on average, a 27.1 percent lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive this award. According to Healthgrades, if all hospitals, as a group, performed similarly to America’s Best Hospitals, more than 168,000 lives could potentially have been saved.
In the separate report released in late 2018, UF Health Jacksonville was singled out for clinical quality awards in cranial neurosurgery and critical care. UF Health Jacksonville is the only hospital in Northeast Florida to receive those distinctions. UF Health Jacksonville also achieved 5-star ratings from Healthgrades in caring for heart failure, respiratory failure, sepsis, esophageal/stomach surgery and stroke.