For the third year in a row, Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital is being honored as one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals by Healthgrades, an online resource that evaluates physicians and hospitals nationwide in an effort to help people make informed health care decisions.
The America’s 100 Best Hospitals distinction is awarded to hospitals with a consistent, year-over-year, superior clinical performance which places them in the top 2 percent of more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide – a measure that translates into more saved lives, according to Healthgrades.
Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital is one of 67 hospitals nationally to receive the honor three years in a row, 2015, 2016 and 2017.
“The award was an honor the first year, an affirmation of our many employees’ efforts to provide quality care that everyone deserves. The second year was meaningful, knowing we were maintaining that high level of care,” says Denise Brooks-Williams, president and CEO of Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital. “This year, being among an elite group of organizations named a 100 Best Hospital three years in a row, feels like we are Olympic gold medalists in medicine.”
From 2013 through 2015, according to Healthgrades, patients treated in an America's 100 Best Hospitals Award have, on average, a 27.1% lower risk of mortality than if treated in hospitals that did not receive the award, as measured across 19 rated conditions and procedures where mortality is the outcome. During the same period, if all other hospitals as a group performed at the same level, 179,438 lives on average could potentially have been saved. For example, patients treated at an America’s 100 Best Hospital had on average a 33.2% lower risk of mortality during their hospital stay for heart failure.
“We commend the recipients of Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals Award™ for delivering exceptional clinical outcomes,” says Dr. Brad Bowman, chief medical officer, Healthgrades. “The choice of a hospital is an important decision, one that can be a matter of life and death, so consumers should do their research and know that these hospitals have demonstrated a long-standing commitment to providing high quality care.”
The 2017 America’s 100 Best Hospitals Award follows Healthgrades’ recognition of Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital’s exceptional performance in heart failure, stroke, pulmonary, pneumonia, hip fracture treatment, gastrointestinal surgery and critical care. In order to qualify, hospitals must have been recognized with the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence, which Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital has achieved every year since 2012.
Brooks-Williams says the award is a morale boost for employees and hopefully an honor for the members of the community the hospital serves. Most importantly, she says, it’s a reminder that while healthcare is always changing, it should be changing only for the better.
“We constantly look for ways to provide the best possible care,” she says. “Some of the ways we do that are by investing in our hospital, in technology and innovation, by equipping physicians with both proven and emerging treatment options and by basing care on what the community needs.”
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