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Heart, stroke, pulmonary, critical care and emergency services receive quality awards 

King’s Daughters Medical Center has received numerous quality awards from Healthgrades, the nation’s leader in helping consumers make informed choices about America’s healthcare providers.

KDMC achieved recognitions in cardiac care, cardiac surgery, neuromedicine, critical care, pulmonary services and emergency medicine.

Cardiac Care

KDMC received Healthgrades’ Cardiac Surgery Excellence AwardTM  for 2013 and was named one of America’s Best 100 Hospitals for cardiac surgery.

Healthgrades ranked KDMC among the Top 10 percent in the Nation for Cardiac Surgery and recognized the facility for achievements in overall cardiac services, cardiology services and coronary interventional procedures. KDMC also achieved a five-star rating for coronary bypass surgery.

The HealthGrades achievements were announced in late October.

Stroke Care/Neuromedicine

King’s Daughters also received a five-star rating for the treatment of stroke, for the second year in a row. In addition to the Healthgrades honor, KDMC’s stroke program has achieved accreditation from Joint Commission as a primary stroke center and has earned Get With the Guidelines Gold Plus Awards and Target: Stroke Honor Roll designations from the American Heart/Stroke Association. 

Critical Care and Pulmonary Services 

The medical center received numerous awards relating to its critical care and pulmonary medicine programs, including the Pulmonary Care Excellence AwardTM. It’s the fourth year in a row KDMC has received this distinction.

Additionally, KDMC was ranked among the Top 10 percent in the nation for overall pulmonary services and received a five-star rating for overall pulmonary services. Individual five-star awards for treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (three years), treatment of pneumonia (five years), treatment of sepsis (three years), and treatment of respiratory failure (nine years) were also received.

Emergency Medicine

King’s Daughters received Healthgrades’ Emergency Medicine Excellence AwardTM  for the third year running and was ranked among the Top 5 Percent in the Nation for Emergency Medicine for the third consecutive year. Additionally, KDMC’s emergency medicine program received Healthgrades’ five-star rating, also for the third consecutive year.

About the Awards

Healthgrades quality ratings are designed to help patients understand hospital quality and the impact of quality on outcomes, mortality rates and preventable complications. Healthgrades ratings are based on objective measures of quality, including the number of patients who experienced complications or died as a result of their procedure or treatment.

Hospitals that achieve five-star ratings produced better than expected outcomes; three stars indicate outcomes as expected; one-star ratings represent worse than expected outcomes.

The risk of complications and death can be significantly lower at hospitals recognized with five stars.

Healthgrades reviewed King’s Daughters performance in 27 specialties, including cardiac care, critical care, neurosciences, orthopedics, pulmonary care, and vascular care. For more information on Healthgrades and its hospital assessment program, visit

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