Albuquerque, NM (April 15, 2021) – Presbyterian Healthcare Services is the most recognized health care system in New Mexico according to a national study by
Healthgrades, the leading resource that connects consumers, physicians and health systems.
“Presbyterian’s commitment to delivering safe, excellent care continues strong, despite the challenges of the pandemic,” said Jason Mitchell M.D., chief medical officer, Presbyterian Healthcare Services. “We are extremely proud of the distinction of being the only hospital in New Mexico to be honored as one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals.”
Every 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 outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 15 states. In all, Presbyterian Healthcare was recognized with 33 Healthgrades distinctions. Also, Presbyterian Hospital has achieved the Healthgrades 2021 America’s 100 Best Hospitals Award™, a distinction placing the facility in the top 2 percent of all hospitals in the US for clinical outcomes.
Presbyterian Hospital was recognized as the only hospital in New Mexico to receive:
The America’s 100 Best Hospitals Award for two years in a row (2020-2021)
The America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Pulmonary Care for five years in a row (2017-2021)
The America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Critical Care for four years in a row (2018-2021)
The America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Gastrointestinal Care and General Surgery Awards for four years in a row (2018-2021)
2021 Joint Replacement Excellence Award
In addition, Presbyterian Hospital was also recognized for the following clinical distinctions:
Five-Star Distinctions in: Heart Attack, Heart Failure, Total Knee Replacement, Total Hip Replacement, Treatment of Stroke, Treatment of COPD, Treatment of Pneumonia, Repair of Abdominal Aorta, Esophageal/Stomach Surgeries, Small Intestine Surgeries, Treatment of GI Bleed, Treatment of Bowel Obstruction, Treatment of Pancreatitis, Gallbladder Removal Surgery, Treatment of Sepsis, Pulmonary Embolism, and Respiratory Failure.
From 2017 through 2019, patients treated in hospitals achieving the America’s 100 Best Hospitals Award had, on average, a 26.1 percent lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the award, as measured across 19 rated conditions and procedures for which mortality is the outcome.*
And during that same period, if all hospitals performed similarly to those achieving the Healthgrades America's 100 Best Hospitals Award, 172,298 lives could potentially have been saved. For example, patients treated for heart failure in hospitals achieving the award have, on average, a 31.3 percent lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the award.*
Additional Presbyterian recognitions include
Presbyterian Española Hospital’s five-star ratings for:
Treatment of COPD for four years in a row (2018-2021)
Treatment of Sepsis for three years in a row (2019-2021)
Treatment of Respiratory Failure for two years in a row (2020-2021)
Plains Regional Medical Center’s five-star ratings for:
Treatment of Sepsis for three year in a row (2019-2021)
Treatment of Respiratory Failure in 2021
Lincoln County Medical Center is five-star rated for:
Treatment for Heart Failure for two years in a row (2020-2021)
“Now more than ever, it is important to celebrate the physicians, nurses and extended care teams that are working around the clock to keep our nation safe. For the select hospitals that have been recognized with a Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals Award, we extend our heartfelt appreciation and commend them for their ongoing commitment to delivering the highest quality healthcare,” said Brad Bowman, M.D., chief medical officer, Healthgrades. During the 2021 study period (Medicare Fiscal Years 2017-2019), Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals Award recipients are recognized for overall clinical excellence and providing top quality care across multiple specialty lines and areas. These hospitals showed superior performance in clinical outcomes for patients in the Medicare population across at least 21 of 32 most common inpatient conditions and procedures — as measured by objective performance data (risk-adjusted mortality and in-hospital complications).
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About Presbyterian Healthcare Services
Presbyterian Healthcare Services exists to improve the health of patients, members and the communities we serve. Presbyterian is a locally owned, not-for-profit healthcare system of nine hospitals, a statewide health plan and a growing multi-specialty medical group. Founded in New Mexico in 1908, it is the state’s largest private employer with more than 13,000 employees.
*Statistics are based on Healthgrades analysis of MedPAR data for years 2017 through 2019 and represent 3-year estimates for Medicare patients only.