Topeka's St. Francis Earns Women's Health Care Honor

By: 13 News
By: 13 News

Topeka (WIBW) - A Topeka hospital is tops when it comes to women's health care.

St. Francis Health Center ranked in the top five percent in the nation in a study of patient outcomes by Health Grades.

The study evaluated 16 women's medicine, cardiovascular, and bone and joint health treatments and procedures from 2006 to 2008 using data from the federal Medicare program.

“Men and women experience disease, injury and health issues differently. While I am proud of our medical excellence and outstanding outcomes, I am just as proud of treating each and every patient in our system as unique individuals with unique needs,” said Bob Erickson, president and chief executive officer of St. Francis Health Center. “The St. Francis experience is truly patient-centric and whether women need cardiac care, wellness, joint replacement or anything at all from a health partner, they can be confident that the care they receive here is second to none thanks to the expertise of our physician partners and staff.”

Of 5,000 hospitals studied, St. Francis was among 166 recognized as a top performer.

Participation in the study was not voluntary; all 5,000 of the nation’s nonfederal hospitals were evaluated by HealthGrades as part of the HealthGrades Seventh Annual Women’s Health in American Hospitals Study.

St. Francis Health Center and other recipients of the HealthGrades Women’s Health Excellence Award had, on average, women’s mortality rates that were 41 percent lower than the poorest performers. Award recipients had, on average, complication rates that were 19 percent lower than the poorest performers.

“There is clearly a wide disparity in the quality of care for women among top-performing hospitals and all others,” said Rick May, M.D., a vice president with HealthGrades and one of the study’s authors. “The goal of this analysis is to not only put sound data in the hands of prospective patients, but also to identify top-performing hospitals who are setting national benchmarks for the treatment of women to which other hospitals can aspire.”

Hospitals receiving the HealthGrades award – those that are top 5 percent in the nation – improved their mortality rates among women by 15 percent over the three years studied. On average, all other hospitals improved by 12 percent.

The HealthGrades study examined nearly 7 million hospitalization records from the federal Medicare database in all 50 states, over the years 2006 through 2008. The following procedures and treatments were analyzed: heart attack, congestive heart failure, pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, stroke, coronary bypass surgery, peripheral vascular bypass, coronary interventional procedures, resection/replacement of abdominal aorta, carotid surgery and valve replacement; total knee and total hip replacement surgeries, spinal surgeries and hip fracture repair.

To be eligible for the HealthGrades Award, hospitals must have met volume requirements in stroke and either coronary bypass or valve replacements; met the volume requirements in at least six additional cohorts of the 16 evaluated; and have transferred out less than 10 percent of stroke patients. Volume requirements are a minimum of 30 female discharges over the three years, with at least five in the most recent year for the cohort.


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