Delray Ranked In Top One Percent in US 
Tuesday, 24 February 2009 
Delray recognized for outstanding clinical performance by HealthGrades, the leading independent healthcare ratings company

DELRAY BEACH, FLA. – Delray Medical Center has been named a HealthGrades® America’s 50 Best HospitalTM for 2009.  This places Delray in the top one percent of all hospitals in the nation for quality outcomes.

This is the third year in a row Delray Medical Center has achieved this distinction.

Hospitals achieving  this award had quality outcomes rated in the top five percent in the country for the most consecutive years across 26 different procedures and conditions.

Patients admitted to an America’s 50 Best Hospital are about 27 percent less likely to die and eight percent less likely to suffer from a major complication than patients admitted to non-recipient hospitals, according to HealthGrades.

"To be ranked among America’s 50 Best Hospitals by HealthGrades for three years in a row is truly an honor and testament to the hard work and dedication of our talented physicians and staff who provide excellent care to our patients each year,” said CEO Robert Krieger.

“We look forward to continuing our commitment to provide our community with the best possible care for many years to come.”

To determine America’s 50 Best Hospitals, HealthGrades analyzed over 110 million Medicare hospitalization records from every hospital in the nation.

Facilities must have demonstrated superior clinical outcomes, not just in one medical specialty, but across 26 different procedures and conditions--and must have maintained this superior level of care year after year.

To make this year’s list, the recipients maintained quality levels among the top five percent in the nation for a minimum of six consecutive years.

“The hospitals who receive this distinction have figured out how to hardwire clinical excellence into the fabric of their organizations,” said Dr. Samantha Collier, HealthGrades' chief medical officer and lead study author. “They are able to maintain superior levels of quality and excellence day after day, year after year.”

The HealthGrades America’s 50 Best Hospital designation is based exclusively on clinical outcomes – risk-adjusted mortality and complication rates for patients at every one of the nation’s nearly 5,000 non-federal hospitals. Hospitals cannot opt-in or out of this independent analysis.

Delray Medical Center service lines’ clinical quality excellence, which contributes to the America’s 50 Best Hospital designation, includes:

  • Cardiac services ranking among the top ten percent nationwide for nine consecutive years
  • Pulmonary services ranking among the top ten percent nationwide for two consecutive years
  • Gastrointestinal medical services ranking among the top ten percent nationwide for five consecutive years
  • Five-star rated – the top rating from HealthGrades – for coronary bypass surgery, coronary interventional procedures, treatment of heart attack, heart failure, stroke, COPD, pneumonia, sepsis, pulmonary embolism, GI bleed, pancreatitis, GI surgeries/procedures, and total hip replacement surgery


About Delray Medical Center
Named one of America's 50 Best Hospitals and a recipient of the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence by Healthgrades, Delray is a 493-bed acute care hospital, conveniently located between the Florida Turnpike and I-95.

As the hub of a 42-acre medical center, Delray has 493 beds and a range of specialized services, including always open emergency care, the Heart Center, Rehablitation and more.