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Delray Medical Center Named Top 5% in Nation for Stroke Care

Oct 27, 2020

Delray Medical Center is among the top 5% in the nation for Stroke Care according to new research by Healthgrades, a leading resource connecting consumers, physicians and health systems. Each year, Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance at nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 32 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions using Medicare data, and all-payer data from 16 states for bariatrics and appendectomy procedures.

Healthgrades Specialty Excellence Awards recognize hospitals with superior performance in specific specialty lines and specialty focus areas. From 2017-2019, patients treated at hospitals receiving the Stroke Care Specialty Excellence Award have, on average a 39.1% lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the award.*

“The importance of hospital quality is top of mind for consumers, as they are becoming more aware of the differences of care provided by different hospitals. Consumers can feel confident knowing that hospitals that are recognized for their performance in Stroke Care provide high quality care and superior outcomes,” said Dr. Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades.

“I would like to congratulate our neurosciences team on achieving recognition for being one of the top performing hospitals in the country for stroke care,” said Maggie Gill, chief executive officer of the Palm Beach Health Network and Delray Medical Center. “Time is brain during a stroke, and I want to encourage our community not to delay care in the event of a medical emergency.  We have the appropriate supplies and protocols in place to provide care safely.”

Delray Medical Center was also recognized for the following clinical achievements:

  • Five-Star Recipient for Valve Surgery in 2021
  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Heart Failure for 19 Years in a Row (2003-2021)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Stroke for 14 Years in a Row (2008-2021)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Esophageal/Stomach Surgeries for 2 Years in a Row (2020-2021)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Small Intestine Surgeries for 5 Years in a Row (2017-2021)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Colorectal Surgeries for 4 Years in a Row (2018-2021)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Sepsis for 18 Years in a Row (2004-2021)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Respiratory Failure for 7 Years in a Row (2015-2021)
  • Named Among the Top 5% in the Nation for Patient Safety for 3 Years in a Row (2018-2020)
  • Recipient of Healthgrades® America's 50 Best Hospitals Award™ (2007-2020)

For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 45 million Medicare inpatient records for nearly 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide to assess hospital performance in 32 common conditions and procedures, and evaluated comparative outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 16 states.

Healthgrades recognizes a hospital’s quality achievements for cohort-specific performance, specialty area performance, and overall clinical quality. Individual procedure or condition cohorts are designated as 5-star (statistically significantly better than expected), 3-star (not statistically different from expected) and 1-star (statistically significantly worse than expected). The complete Healthgrades 2021 Report to the Nation and detailed study methodology, can be found at

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