Great River Medical Center receives Healthgrades' Distinguished Hospital Award

February 2nd, 2017

Great River Medical Center is one of 258 hospitals nationwide to receive Healthgrades’ Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence for 2017. Only two other Iowa hospitals were selected – St. Lukes’ Hospital and Mercy Medical Center, both in Cedar Rapids.

 According to Healthgrades, these hospitals are among the top 5 percent in the nation that deliver high-quality care across at least 21 of 32 common inpatient conditions and procedures. Healthgrades is a comprehensive online resource for information about physicians and hospitals.

During the 2017 study period (inpatient stays from 2013 to 2015), Healthgrades Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence, as a group, had a 26.2 percent lower risk adjusted in-hospital mortality rate across 19 procedures and conditions where mortality was the clinical outcome, compared to all other hospitals.

During this same period, if all other hospitals performed at the level of Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence across these 19 procedures and conditions, 160,322 lives could have been saved.

Healthgrades compared hospitals receiving the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence, as a group, to those that did not receive the award as a group. Healthgrades found that compared to non-recipient hospitals, patients treated in hospitals receiving the award had, on average, a lower risk of dying for these common inpatient conditions and procedures:

  • 22.5 percent lower risk of dying of a heart attack
  • 30.5 percent lower risk of dying of heart failure
  • 36.7 percent lower risk of dying of pneumonia
  • 25.0 percent lower risk of dying of stroke
  • 25.1 percent lower risk of dying of sepsis
  • 24.4 percent lower risk of dying of respiratory failure

“We are very proud of this award recognizing Great River Medical Center for providing outstanding quality and significantly lower mortality rates compared to hospitals across the country,” said Mark Richardson, president and CEO. “It truly reflects the team efforts of more than 2,350 staff, physicians, nurses and technologists who are committed to providing the highest quality, the highest patient satisfaction and, ultimately, great outcomes for our patients.”