West Jefferson Named America’s 100 Best For Stroke Care

MARRERO, LA – West Jefferson Medical Center (WJMC) announced it has been recognized by Healthgrades as one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals™ for Stroke Care.

         West Jefferson is one of only two hospitals in Louisiana to receive this distinction, reps said. In addition, WJMC is ranked among the Top 5 percent in the nation for treatment of stroke and has been awarded the Stroke Care Excellence Award by Healthgrades two years in a row. Healthgrades evaluated nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 34 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions.*

         Healthgrades identified the 100 best-performing hospitals across all conditions or procedures evaluated within Stroke Care. The achievement is part of findings released in the Healthgrades 2018 Report to the Nation. The new report demonstrates how clinical performance continues to differ dramatically between hospitals nationally, regionally and at the local level, and the impact that this variation may have on health outcomes. For example, from 2014-2016, patients treated at hospitals which did not receive the America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Stroke Care Award were, on average, 1.57 times more likely to die than if they were treated at hospitals that did receive the award.*

         Additionally, from 2014-2016, patients treated at hospitals receiving the America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Stroke Care Award, had, on average, a 36.4 percent lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the award.*

         “West Jefferson is committed to providing high-quality care to each and every patient we treat,” said Nancy R. Cassagne, president and CEO of West Jefferson Medical Center. “We’re extremely proud our stroke program continues to achieve national recognition. This wouldn’t be possible without the hard work and dedication of our physicians, nurses and staff. Thank you for all you do to take care of our community.”

         West Jefferson has also received the following distinctions from Healthgrades:

 

Patient safety:

• Named among the top five percent in the nation for patient safety for two years in a row (2016-2017)

• Recipient of the Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award™ for two years in a row (2016-2017)

• Named among the top 10 percent in the nation for patient safety for two years in a row (2016-2017)

 

Neuroscience:

• Recipient of the Healthgrades Stroke Care Excellence Award™ for two years in a row (2017-2018)

• Named among the top 10 percent in the Nation for treatment of stroke for two years in a row (2017-2018)

• Five-star recipient for treatment of stroke for two years in a row (2017-2018)

 

Critical care:

• Five-star recipient for treatment of sepsis in 2018

• Five-star recipient for treatment of pulmonary embolism in 2018

• Five-star recipient for treatment of respiratory failure in 2018

 

Cardiac:

• Five-star recipient for treatment of heart failure for three years in a row (2016-2018)

• Five-star recipient for pacemaker procedures for two years in a row (2017-2018)

 

Pulmonary:

• Recipient of the Healthgrades 2018 Pulmonary Care Excellence Award™

• Named among the top 10 percent in the nation for overall pulmonary services in 2018

• Five-star recipient for treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease for three years in a row (2016-2018)

 

Gastrointestinal:

• Five-star recipient for esophageal/ stomach surgeries in 2018

• Five-star recipient for treatment of GI bleed for two years in a row (2017-2018)

 

         “Many consumers believe that hospital quality is standardized, though the reality is that clinical quality and outcomes at hospitals vary widely across the country,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Healthgrades, chief medical officer. “The hospitals that have achieved the Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Stroke Care distinction have demonstrated a commitment to exceptional quality of care and can distinguish themselves to consumers seeking care at high-quality facilities.”

 

         *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 evaluate outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 17 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 five-star (statistically significantly better than expected), three-star (not statistically different from expected) and one-star (statistically significantly worse than expected) categories.

 

         *Statistics are based on Healthgrades analysis of MedPAR data for years 2014 through 2016 and represent three-year estimates for Medicare patients only.

 

         View the complete Healthgrades 2018 Report to the Nation here

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