Nation's Best for Clinical Outcomes 
 
Sunday, 01 October 2006 
 
 

Delray Medical Center announced today it has been ranked number one in Florida for overall cardiac and cardiology services, according to a comprehensive study released by HealthGrades, a leading independent healthcare ratings company.  Additionally, the hospital ranks among the top five percent in the nation for overall cardiac services, heart surgery, cardiology services, and interventional procedures including angioplasties and stents for the third year in a row.  Delray Medical Center is a three-time recipient of HealthGrades Cardiac Care Excellence Award™ and also received the 2007 Cardiac Surgery Excellence Award™. The annual study rates hospitals on a five-star scale.  Delray Medical Center received five-star ratings for: Coronary bypass surgery Valve replacement surgery Coronary interventional procedures Treatment of heart attack Treatment of heart failure Treatment of atrial fibrillation Treatment of GI bleed Treatment of community acquired pneumonia Treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease Treatment of sepsis Hip fracture repair surgery Back and neck surgery (spinal fusion)   “It takes a total team effort for a hospital to earn this level of distinction,” said Karen Bibbo, R.N., Director of Nursing for Delray Medical Center.  “It requires a sharp focus on medical excellence day in and day out.” As part of its ninth annual Hospital Quality in America Study, HealthGrades independently analyzed more than 5,000 hospitals in all 50 states and the District of Columbia for its 2007 ratings, objectively assessing their clinical outcomes and quality.  The 40 million hospitalization records utilized in the assessment are publicly available and licensed from the federal government’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.  The HealthGrades ratings take into account varying degrees of patient severity from hospital to hospital and measure whether patient outcomes for each of more than two dozen procedures and diagnoses are better than expected (5-Star), as expected (3-Star) or worse than expected (1-Star).  “HealthGrades objectively assesses and rates hospital performance in order to help consumers make better and more informed healthcare choices,” explained Samantha Collier, M.D., HealthGrades vice president of medical affairs.  “With consumers having a greater stake in their healthcare purchasing decisions, it’s important for them to know that there is a tremendous difference in clinical quality outcomes between hospitals.” “In Delray Beach, Delray Medical Center stands out notably in terms of delivering quality care for its cardiac, orthopedic, GI, pulmonary and critical care patients,” Collier added.  “Patients, families and employers here truly have access to healthcare that is among the best in the nation.”              

The 2007 HealthGrades ratings for all hospitals nationwide are available, free of charge, on the organization’s award-winning consumer Web site, located at www.healthgrades.com.  More than three million individuals and employees of 125 major employers and health plans visit HealthGrades each month to access quality information about hospitals, nursing homes and physicians. HealthGrades also provides consumers and payers with detailed assessments of hospitals’ patient-safety outcomes, based on indicators developed by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Delray Medical Center, a 493-bed acute care hospital located at 5352 Linton Boulevard in Delray Beach, has been serving the health care needs of south and central Palm Beach County for more than 20 years. A state-designated Level II Trauma Center for adults and children, Delray Medical Center offers a broad array of specialized services, ranging from acute care to rehabilitation, and psychiatric services to outpatient care.   According to HealthGrades, Delray Medical Center is one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals for 2007, recipient of the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence for five consecutive years (2003-2007), and the Cardiac Care Excellence Award for three consecutive years (2005, 2006, 2007).   To learn more about Delray Medical Center, visit www.delraymedicalctr.com.