Covenant Medical Center Also Named Among the Top 10 in Texas for Cardiac Surgery Outcomes
Lubbock, TX (October 23, 2012) – Orthopedic Surgery at Covenant Medical Center – 19th St. is ranked among the top 5% in the nation and the only one in the Lubbock region to receive this distinction according to a new report from Healthgrades, the leading provider of information to help consumers make an informed decision about a physician or hospital. Covenant was also recognized for being among the Top 10 in Texas for Cardiac Surgery. The report,
American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2013: Healthgrades Report to the Nation, evaluates how approximately 4,500 hospitals nationwide performed on risk-adjusted mortality and complication rates for nearly 30 of the most common conditions treated and procedures performed from 2009 through 2011.
Hospital outcomes and complication rates are important in the eyes of consumers making choices today about their healthcare. According to new research conducted by Harris Interactive for Healthgrades, 90% of Americans in 27 top designated market areas agree they would be more likely to choose—or not choose—a hospital if they could learn ahead of time their chances of complications for a certain procedure.
Healthgrades awards for Covenant Medical Center also include:
America's Best 100 Hospitals
- One of HealthGrades America's 100 Best Hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery™ in 2013
- Ranked #6 in TX for Cardiac Surgery in 2013
- Ranked Among the Top 10 in TX for Cardiac Surgery in 2013 (Ranked 6 in 2013)
- Five-Star Recipient for Coronary Bypass Surgery in 2013
- Recipient of the HealthGrades Orthopedic Surgery Excellence Award™ in 2013
- Ranked Among the Top 5% in the Nation for Overall Orthopedic Services in 2013
- Ranked #6 in TX for Overall Orthopedic Services in 2013
- Ranked Among the Top 10 in TX for Overall Orthopedic Services in 2013 (Ranked 6 in 2013)
- Five-Star Recipient for Overall Orthopedic Services in 2013
- Five-Star Recipient for Joint Replacement in 2013
- Five-Star Recipient for Spine Surgery in 2013
- Five-Star Recipient for Total Knee Replacement in 2013
- Five-Star Recipient for Hip Fracture Treatment in 2013
- Five-Star Recipient for Back and Neck Surgery (Spinal Fusion) in 2013
- Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease in 2013
- Five-Star Recipient for Repair of Abdominal Aorta for 2 Years in a Row (2012-2013)
- Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of GI Bleed for 5 Years in a Row (2009-2013)
- Five-Star Recipient for Appendectomy in 2013
- Ranked #7 in TX for Overall Bariatric Surgery in 2012
- Ranked Among the Top 10 in TX for Overall Bariatric Surgery for 4 Years in a Row (2009/2010-2012) (Ranked #7 in 2012)
- Five-Star Recipient for Overall Bariatric Surgery for 4 Years in a Row (2009/2010-2012)
"These rankings and being a repeat 5-Star recipient is significant in showing the commitment of quality here at Covenant Health," said Dr. Craig Rhyne, Chief Medical Officer of Covenant Health. "We accept this wonderful honor and thank the entire staff. We always strive for clinical excellence; however, without our staff's dedication and tireless efforts, we would not be where we are today."
For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 40 million Medicare hospitalization records for services performed from 2009 through 2011 at approximately 4,500 short-term, acute care hospitals nationwide. Patients being treated in hospitals receiving 5 stars have, on average, 61% lower risk of experiencing a complication while in the hospital than if they were treated by hospitals receiving 1 star (based on 2009-2011 data across nine common procedures and diagnoses such as total knee replacement, gallbladder, and spine surgeries). Additionally, a total of 183,534 in-hospital complications could have been avoided if all hospitals performed at a 5-star level. Healthgrades also found that patients treated in hospitals receiving 5 stars had, on average, 75% lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals receiving 1 star (across 18 common procedures and diagnoses, such as heart bypass surgery, stroke, and pneumonia).
The 2013 Healthgrades hospital quality outcomes were posted today and are free to the public at www.healthgrades.com.
Along with Christian service and building healthy communities, Covenant Health has defined a direction of obtaining clinical excellence. Healthgrades rankings help to measure success in the quest to be a leader in clinical quality and culture of safety.
Healthgrades independently measures hospitals based on data that hospitals submit to the federal government. No hospital can opt in or out of the analysis, and no hospital pays to be measured. Healthgrades risk adjusts for patient demographic characteristics and clinical risk factors, thereby taking into account how sick patients are upon admission.
More information on the American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2013: Healthgrades Report to the Nation, including the complete methodology, can be found at