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Study Ranks Saint Joseph London #1 in State for Overall Cardiac & Cardiac Surgery

HealthGrades Study Places Local Hospital in Top 5% Nationally, AgainHealthGrades Cardiac Care

A study issued by HealthGrades, the leading independent healthcare ratings organization, finds that Saint Joseph London is the number one hospital in Kentucky for Overall Cardiac Care and Cardiac Surgery and among the top 5 percent in the nation. The nation's nearly 5,000 nonfederal hospitals were all included in the sweeping study, which examined mortality rates and complication rates from government data from 2006, 2007 and 2008.

As a result, Saint Joseph London received the 2010 Cardiac Care Excellence Award and the Cardiac Surgery Excellence Award, both for the second year in a row.  
Saint Joseph London was also recognized as one of the top 5 hospitals in the state in Cardiology and Pulmonology and among the top 10 in Kentucky for Stroke care.  The consistent quality of its Pulmonology care has ranked it among the top 10% of hospitals in the nation for five years in a row.

Saint Joseph London's quality of care is evident across multiple services.  The hospital achieved 5-star ratings in the following areas:

  • Five-Star Rated for Overall Cardiac Services - 2 years in a row (2009 & 2010)
  • Five-Star Rated for Cardiac Surgery - 2 years in a row (2009 & 2010)
  • Five-Star Rated for Coronary Bypass Surgery - 2 years in a row (2009 & 2010) including receiving the Highest Possible Star Ratings for Coronary Bypass Surgery in 2010
  • Five-Star Rated for Treatment of Heart Attack - 4 years in a row (2007 - 2010)
  • Five-Star Rated for Treatment of Heart Failure - 4 years in a row (2007 - 2010) including receiving the Highest Possible Star Ratings for Treatment of Heart Failure - 4 years in a row (2007 - 2010)
  • Five-Star Rated for Overall Pulmonary Services - 5 years in a row (2006 - 2010)
  • Five-Star Rated for Treatment of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease - 8 years in a row (2003 - 2010)
  • Five-Star Rated for Treatment of Pneumonia - 3 years in a row (2008 - 2010), including receiving the Highest Possible Star Ratings for Treatment of Pneumonia - 3 years in a row (2008 - 2010)

HealthGrades Cardiac Surgery"It is remarkable what we do here every day. Our staff and affiliated physicians are dedicated to quality, compassionate care", stated Virginia Dempsey, Saint Joseph London President. Dempsey added, "Receiving national quality awards is a way to reaffirm what we strive to achieve each day with each patient. As we prepare to move into our new hospital in the early fall of 2010, we will not waiver from our goal to provide the highest level of care possible."

The HealthGrades twelfth annual Hospital Quality in America study, the largest annual report of its kind, analyzed patient outcomes from nearly 40 million Medicare hospitalization records.

Top-performing hospitals had dramatically lower mortality rates than other hospitals, according to the study. For the 17 procedures and diagnoses for which HealthGrades analyzed mortality rates, patients at top hospitals had a 72 percent lower chance of dying when compared with the lowest-performing hospitals, and a 52 percent lower chance of dying when compared to the U.S. national average.

"From the governing board to the front line, Saint Joseph London recognized the need to implement evidence-based practices for reducing mortality and complication rates. Practices attributing to the hospital's success include use of a diagnostic tool to examine all deaths, rapid response teams, acute myocardial infarction care, infection prevention and many others. Saint Joseph London is deeply committed to quality in all areas of care provided." - James Shoptaw, M.D., Chief of the Medical Staff.

HealthGrades Ratings
HealthGrades rates hospitals independently based on data that hospitals submit to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. No hospital can opt in or out of being rated, and no hospital pays to be rated.HealthGrades Pulmonary Care

For 28 procedures and treatments, HealthGrades issues star ratings that reflect the mortality and complication rates for each category of care. Hospitals receiving a 5-star rating have mortality or complication rates that are below the national average, to a statistically significant degree. A 3-star rating means the hospital performs as expected. One-star ratings indicate the hospital's mortality or complication rates in that procedure or treatment are statistically higher than average. Because the risk profiles of patient populations at hospitals are not alike, HealthGrades risk-adjusts the data to allow for apples-to-apples comparisons.

More information on today's HealthGrades study, including the complete methodology, can be found at

Saint Joseph London is an 89-licensed bed, acute care hospital in southeast Kentucky. Located between Knoxville, Tennessee and Lexington, Kentucky, the hospital will move to its new facility on I-75 in the early fall of 2010 and expand to 120 licensed beds. Specialties include obstetrics and gynecology, emergency medicine, general medical/surgical, pulmonology, neurology, pediatrics and a complete compliment of cardiac services, including open heart surgical procedures.

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