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Covenant Medical Center Received 5-Star Rating from HealthGrades


Covenant Medical Centertodayannounced that it has received a 5-Star rating for the quality of its treatment of Heart Failure, Stroke, Pneumonia, Sepsis and Respiratory Failure among others from HealthGrades, the leading independent health care ratings organization. Covenant received more 5-Star ratings than any other hospital in the region.

The recognition is based on the Thirteenth Annual HealthGrades Hospital Quality in America study, released today, which analyzes patient outcomes at virtually all of the nation’s hospitals. A 5-star quality rating indicates that Covenant Medical Center’s clinical performance is better than expected.

Patients are demanding increased public reporting of quality measures, and recent government reform efforts are backing them up. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, more than 40% of adults report that they believe there are major differences in hospital quality in their immediate geography, and since 1996 the number of consumers that indicated they would choose a hospital based on a high quality rating over familiarity has increased to 72% from 59%.

HealthGrades’ hospital ratings are the most widely used objective, actionable quality measures readily available to the public and are based solely on clinical performance.


  • Five Star Rated for the Treatment of Heart Failure


  • Five Star Rated for the Treatment of Stroke


  • Five Star Rated for the Treatment of Pneumonia


  • Five Star Rated for the Treatment of GI Bleed

Critical Care

  • Five Star Rated for the Treatment of Sepsis
  • Five Star Rated for the Treatment of Respiratory Failure
  • Five Stare Rated for the Treatment of Diabetic Acidosis and Coma


“To receive more 5-Star ratings than any other hospital in the region shows Covenant’s commitment and dedication to clinical excellence,” Richard Parks, chief executive officer and president of Covenant Health, said.  “These ratings would not be possible without our physicians and hospital staff who are dedicated to providing the best care to Covenant patients.”

The HealthGrades study, the largest annual report of its kind, analyzed patient outcomes in nearly 40 million Medicare hospitalization records from 5,000 hospitals over the years 2007, 2008 and 2009. This year’s study found:

  • Across all 17 procedures and diagnoses in which mortality was studied, there was an approximate 72% lower chance of dying in a 5-star rated hospital compared to a 1-star rated hospital, and a 53% lower chance of dying in a 5-star hospital compared with the national average.
  • If all hospitals performed at the level of a 5-star rated hospital across the 17 procedures and diagnoses studied, 232,442 Medicare lives could potentially have been saved from 2007 through 2009.

The new 2011 HealthGrades hospital ratings were posted today and are free to the public at

Covenant Health has achieved numerous initiatives leading up to the release of the 2011 HealthGrades hospital ratings.  In March, Covenant Medical Center was officially designated as the region’s first accredited Cycle III Chest Pain Center with Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI).

There are 87 accredited chest pain centers in Texas but only 14 have been designated as Cycle III.

In September, Covenant Medical Center became the first in the region to earn the Gold Seal of Approval™ from The Joint Commission for Primary Stroke Centers. 

HealthGrades Hospital Quality Ratings
HealthGrades’ hospital ratings and awards reflect the track record of patient outcomes at hospitals in the form of mortality and complication rates. HealthGrades rates hospitals independently based on data that hospitals submit to the federal government. No hospital can opt in or out of being rated, and no hospital pays to be rated.

For 26 procedures and medical 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 equal comparisons.

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

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