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Five-Star Rated in Cardiac Surgery, Critical Care and Vascular Surgery


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King’s Daughters Medical Center is among the top 5% in cardiac surgery and top 10% in pulmonary care in the nation, according to a comprehensive annual study released today by HealthGrades, the leading independent healthcare ratings organization. The study also placed KDMC's vascular surgery program as #2 in the state of Kentucky. The HealthGrades study annually assesses patient outcomes – mortality and complication rates – at virtually all of the nation’s nearly 5,000 non-federal hospitals.

2010 Clinical Achievements include:

  • Recipient of the HealthGrades Cardiac Surgery Excellence Award™
  • Ranked Among the Top 5% in the Nation for Cardiac Surgery
  • Ranked Among the Top 5 in KY for Cardiac Surgery
  • Five-Star Rated for Cardiac Surgery
  • Five-Star Rated for Coronary Bypass Surgery
  • Five-Star Rated for Valve Replacement Surgery
  • Five-Star Rated for Treatment of Heart Failure
  • Recipient of the HealthGrades Pulmonary Care Excellence Award™
  • Ranked Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Overall Pulmonary Services
  • Ranked Among the Top 10 in KY for Overall Pulmonary Services
  • Five-Star Rated for Overall Pulmonary Services
  • Five-Star Rated for Treatment of Pneumonia
  • Ranked #2 in KY for Vascular Surgery
  • Five-Star Rated for Peripheral Vascular Bypass
  • Ranked Among the Top 10 in KY for Overall Critical Care
  • Five-Star Rated for Treatment of Pulmonary Embolism
  • Five-Star Rated for Treatment of Respiratory Failure

“A five-star rating means our patient outcomes are better than expected as compared to other hospitals, said KDMC President/CEO Fred Jackson. “To see both consistency and continued growth in quality speaks very well of our organization and our quality efforts,” he said.

“The awards are exciting and fun, but what truly is important is the healthcare team behind the awards and the difference team members make for patients and their loved ones,” Jackson said. “We have exceptional teamwork at KDMC, and achieving HealthGrades’ five-star designation is testament to that,” he said.

According to the twelfth annual HealthGrades Hospital Quality in America study top-rated hospitals had a 52 percent lower mortality rate than the U.S. national average when looking at the patient outcomes of 17 procedures and diagnoses ranging from bypass surgery to treatment for heart attack. When the top-rated hospitals were compared to the poorest performers, there was an even greater difference, 72 percent lower mortality.

“With more than 4,200 team members, it is important that we stay focused,” Jackson said. “We only have two jobs at King’s Daughters: those who directly care for our customers and those who support the caregivers. We are here for our customers,” he said. “This is the essence of who we are and what we do.”

The new 2010 HealthGrades hospital ratings were posted today at, HealthGrades’ public Web site.

HealthGrades Ratings

HealthGrades’ hospital ratings and awards reflect the track record of patient outcomes at hospitals in the form of mortality and complication rates. HealthGrades rates hospitals independently based on data that hospitals submit to the federal government. No hospital can opt in or out of being rated, and no hospital pays to be rated.

For 28 procedures and treatments, HealthGrades issues star ratings that reflect the mortality and complication rates for each category of care. Hospitals receiving a 5-star rating have mortality or complication rates that are below the national average, to a statistically significant degree. A 3-star rating means the hospital performs as expected. One-star ratings indicate the hospital’s mortality or complication rates in that procedure or treatment are statistically higher than average. Because the risk profiles of patient populations at hospitals are not alike, HealthGrades risk-adjusts the data to allow for apples-to-apples comparisons.

More information on today’s HealthGrades study, including the complete methodology, can be found at

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