A Third Year of Five Star Rating

November 7, 2016





Vince Leist, President & CEO of North Arkansas Regional Medical Center today announced that the medical system has achieved 5-stars for its performance in Treatment of Pneumonia from Healthgrades, the leading online resource helping consumers make informed decisions to find the right doctor and the right hospital for the right care. This achievement is part of new findings and data released today by Healthgrades and is featured in the Healthgrades 2017 Report to the Nation. Every year, Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance at nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 34 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions.*


The new report demonstrates how clinical performance continues to differ dramatically between hospitals regionally and nationally. This variation in care has a significant impact on health outcomes. For example, from 2013-2015, if all hospitals as a group, performed similarly to hospitals receiving 5-stars as a group, on average 223,412 lives potentially could have been saved and 162,215 complications potentially could have been avoided.  A 5-star rating indicates that North Arkansas Regional Medical Center’s clinical outcomes are statistically significantly better than expected when treating the condition or performing the procedure being evaluated.


For the 2017 Report to the Nation, Healthgrades compared hospitals with statistically better than expected performance (5-stars), to those with statistically worse than expected performance (1-star), and found patients treated for Pneumonia in hospitals with 5-stars have, on average:


69.4% lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals with a 1-star rating. From 2013-2015, patients treated for Pneumonia in hospitals with a 1-star rating are, on average 3.3 times more likely to die than if they were treated in hospitals with 5-stars for in-hospital mortality.


* *Statistics are based on Healthgrades analysis of MedPAR data for years 2013 through 2015 and represent 3-year estimates for Medicare patients only.


The complete Healthgrades 2017 Report to the Nation and detailed study methodology, can be found at www.healthgrades.com/quality.





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