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January 25, 2016

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and The Ohio State University Hospital East were among 260 U.S. hospitals to receive the 2016 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence from Healthgrades. These hospitals are among the top five percent of hospitals in the nation that deliver high-quality care across at least 21 of 32 common inpatient conditions and procedures, as evaluated by Healthgrades. Almost 4,500 facilities were evaluated.

Hospitals that won the award had a 27 percent lower in-hospital mortality rate, compared to all other hospitals for 19 procedures and conditions for which mortality was the primary outcome. According to Healthgrades, nearly 160,000 lives could have been saved if all hospitals performed at the same level as those that received an award.

A report released with the awards notes that the award-winning hospitals had higher sepsis volumes – an increase of 27 percent over a three-year period – but lower risk-adjusted mortality for the condition. 

Ranked areas include:
  • • Cardiac
  • • Critical Care
  • • Gastrointestinal
  • • Neurosciences
  • • Orthopedic
  • • Pulmonary
  • • Spine Surgery
  • • Vascular

Healthgrades, headquartered in Denver, is the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. Today, more than 1 million people a day use the Healthgrades websites to search, compare and connect with hospitals and physicians based on the most important measures when selecting a healthcare provider: experience, hospital quality and patient satisfaction. 

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Media Contact: Alexis Shaw, Wexner Medical Center Public Affairs and Media Relations, 614-293-3737 or Alexis.Shaw2@osumc.edu