Published on January 25, 2017

Reading Hospital Achieves Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence

Reading Hospital has received the 2017 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ from Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. The distinction places Reading Hospital in the top 5% for clinical excellence among more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide. This is the fourth consecutive year Reading Hospital has achieved this elite national distinction.

From 2013 through 2015, patients treated in hospitals receiving Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence had, on average, a 26.2% lower risk of dying (across 19 procedures and conditions where mortality is the clinical outcome), than if they were treated in hospitals that did not achieve this distinction. During this same period, if all other hospitals performed at the level of Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence across these 19 procedures and conditions, 160,322 lives could potentially have been saved. For example, patients treated at a hospital that achieved the Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence Award had, on average, a 25% lower risk of dying from a stroke than if treated at a hospital that did not achieve this distinction.

"Consumers are doing their research when it comes to selecting the hospital where they receive their care, and high-marks in quality are a valuable differentiator that can set organizations apart," said Brad Bowman, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades. "We commend hospitals that have achieved Healthgrades 2017 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence for demonstrating an unwavering commitment to high quality care for their patients."

Reading Hospital was also named one of Healthgrades America's 100 Best Hospitals for Stroke Care™ five years in a row, one of Healthgrades America's 100 Best Hospitals for Pulmonary Care™ five years in a row and one of Healthgrades America's Best Hospitals for Critical Care™ four years in a row. Reading Hospital is also a Five-Star recipient for Coronary Bypass Surgery, Treatment of Heart Attack, Treatment of Heart Failure, Total Knee Replacement, Total Hip Replacement and Treatment of Pneumonia. In addition, the neurosciences program has been a recipient of Healthgrades Stroke Care Excellence Award™ and named among the Top 5% in the nation for Treatment of Stroke 11 years in a row. Read more about the complete list of Reading Health awards.

The 258 recipients of the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ stand out among the rest for overall clinical excellence across a broad spectrum of care. During the 2017 study period (2013-2015), these hospitals showed superior performance in clinical outcomes for patients in the Medicare population across at least 21 of 32 of the most common inpatient conditions and procedures -as measured by objective clinical outcomes performance data (risk-adjusted mortality and in-hospital complications). To learn more about how Healthgrades determines Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ recipients, please visit www.healthgrades.com/quality.