Morton Hospital Named Among America's 100 Best for General Surgery

Morton Hospital is one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for General Surgery according to a national study by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. Every year, Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance at almost 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 32 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions, as well as tracking outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 15 states and the District of Columbia.*

The achievement is part of findings released today in the Healthgrades 2019 Report to the Nation. The new report demonstrates how clinical performance differs dramatically between hospitals nationally, regionally and at the local level, and the impact that this variation has on health outcomes. For example, from 2015-2017, patients treated at hospitals receiving the America's 100 Best Hospitals for General Surgery Award have on average a 27.9% lower risk of experiencing a complication or dying while in the hospital than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the award.*

“Hospitals that have achieved the Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals for General Surgery have proven their dedication to quality care and exceptional outcomes,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Healthgrades. “Consumers should consider hospital quality when navigating their care journeys, and this recognition distinguishes Morton Hospital in the marketplace.”

Morton Hospital was also recognized for the following clinical achievements:

  • Five Star Recipient for Treatment of Heart Failure in 2019
  • Named Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Treatment of Stroke in 2019
  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Stroke for 3 Years in a Row (2017-2019)
  • Named Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Overall Pulmonary Services in 2019
  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease in 2019
  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Pneumonia for 5 Years in a Row (2015-2019)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Respiratory Failure for 7 Years in a Row (2013-2019)

“These designations are a testament to the hard work and ongoing dedication of our staff to ensure residents in our area have access to the highest quality health care locally,” said Heidi Taylor, Morton Hospital president. “As a team we are committed to offering the compassionate, personalized patient experience that only a community hospital can, but also to maintaining the highest standards of quality and safety for our patients and families each and every day. We’re honored to be recognized by Healthgrades with these prestigious achievements.”

For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 45 million Medicare inpatient records for almost 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide to assess hospital performance in 32 common conditions and procedures, and evaluated outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 15 states and the District of Columbia. Healthgrades recognizes a hospital’s quality achievements for cohort-specific performance, specialty area performance, and overall clinical quality. Individual procedure or condition cohorts are designated as 5-star (statistically significantly better than expected), 3-star (not statistically different from expected) and 1-star (statistically significantly worse than expected) categories. The complete Healthgrades 2019 Report to the Nation and detailed study methodology can be found at www.healthgrades.com/quality/.

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