Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, Wisconsin earned a top-tier High Performing distinction for heart failure treatment, in U.S. News & World Report ratings announced recently.
U.S. News Best Hospitals for Common Care evaluated how well more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide performed on routine individual procedures and conditions. The five areas of focus are heart bypass surgery, hip replacement, knee replacement, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and heart failure. Only about 10 percent of the hospitals were rated as high performers in any category.
Mayo Clinic hospitals in Rochester, MN and Phoenix, AZ are among fewer than 50 of more than 800 institutions that were rated High Performing in all five categories.
The ratings placed hospitals into one of five performance tiers, with hospitals that performed consistently well rated highest. The two highest tiers were collapsed to a single High Performing tier, and the two lowest were collapsed to a Below Average tier. About 800 hospitals were rated High Performing in at least one procedure or condition.
“This honor recognizes the efforts of our team approach to chronic heart failure, which helps patients avoid hospital admissions and maintain their quality of life,” says cardiologist Richard Hanna, M.D., who has been involved with the Heart Failure Clinic at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire since 1997.
U.S. News created Best Hospitals for Common Care to help patients find better care for the kinds of common procedures and conditions that account for millions of hospitalizations each year. Objective outcome measures, such as deaths, infections, readmissions and operations that need to be repeated, as well as patient satisfaction data, largely determined the ratings. The Best Hospitals for Common Care ratings rely on Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services data for patients 65 and older, as well as survey data from the American Hospital Association and clinical registry data from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons.
Mayo Clinic Rochester was rated No. 1 nationwide on the U.S. News Best Hospitals listing for 2014-15. U.S. News & World Report is one of many ranking groups that recognize Mayo Clinic as a top choice for patients. Other distinctions from national assessment organizations include the UHC Quality Leadership Award and Consumer Reports Hospital Safety.
Mayo Clinic is highly ranked for quality more often than any other academic medical center in the nation. While no single set of measures can perfectly represent health care quality, these endorsements reinforce Mayo Clinic’s century-old commitment to provide the highest quality care to each patient every day.
“Quality patient care is really everyone’s business at Mayo Clinic, and we’re grateful that external recognitions such as this recognize our quality and ongoing commitment to patients every day,” Paula J. Santrach, M.D., chair of the Mayo Clinic Quality Care Subcommittee, says of the new Common Cares ranking.
(Information furnished by Mayo Clinic Health System)