“Heart health has always been among our top priorities at Piedmont and this achievement demonstrates that,” said Les Donahue, president and CEO of Piedmont Atlanta. “The Piedmont Heart team has worked hard to earn this distinction year after year, and patients can rest assured knowing we hold ourselves to a higher standard.”
Healthgrades, the leading online resource that helps consumers search, compare and connect with physicians and hospitals, evaluated nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 31 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions and identified the 100 best hospitals within each procedure.
The achievement is part of the findings released in American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2014: Healthgrades Report to the Nation, which demonstrates how clinical performance differs dramatically between hospitals and the impact that this variation may have on health outcomes.
“Hospitals earn this distinction by providing better than expected outcomes for specific conditions and procedures,” said Evan Marks, executive vice president of informatics and strategy at Healthgrades. “When selecting physicians associated with a hospital that has achieved this recognition, consumers can expect a commitment to exceptional clinical quality care.”
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 31 common conditions and procedures. Healthgrades awards hospitals quality achievements for cohort-specific performance, specialty area performance and overall clinical quality.