Morton Hospital Named Top 5% in Nation for Pulmonary Care

Morton Hospital is among the top five percent in the nation for Pulmonary Care, according to a national report by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. Every year, Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance at nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 32 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions using Medicare data, and all-payer data from 15 states for bariatrics and appendectomy procedures.* Morton Hospital’s achievement is part of findings released today in the Healthgrades 2020 Report to the Nation, which underscores the importance of hospital quality to both consumers and hospital executives.

The variation in hospital quality can have a significant impact on the quality of care a patient receives. From 2016-2018, patients treated at hospitals receiving the Pulmonary Care Specialty Excellence Award have, on average a 47.9% lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the award.*

“The hospitals that stand out for exceptional performance in Pulmonary Care should be commended for their long-standing commitment to quality,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades. “As consumers are increasingliy saavy when it comes to finding and selecting a hospital, patients can be confident when they select a hospital that has achieved this Healthgrades recognition.”

Since 2017, Morton Hospital has expanded its pulmonary care services by recruiting new pulmonologists and developing a lung cancer screening program. In 2018, the hospital achieved designation as a Lung Cancer Screening Center by the American College of Radiology.

“We have many specific providers and staff to thank for our earning this designation, but ultimately, all of our team members contributed in some way to these achievements,” said Heidi Taylor, Morton Hospital president. “We’ve made a notable effort to enhance our pulmonary care service line over the past couple of years. This award is a testament to the dedication and expertise of our team, as well as the investments we’ve made to ensure comprehensive care for our area’s most prevalent lung and respiratory conditions is available right here in our community.”

Morton Hospital was also recognized for the following clinical achievements:

  • Named Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Treatment of Stroke for 2 Years in a Row (2019-2020)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Heart Failure for 2 Years in a Row (2019-2020)
  • Named Among the Top 10% in the Nation for GI Medical Treatment in 2020
  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Sepsis in 2020
  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Respiratory Failure for 8 Years in a Row (2013-2020)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease for 2 Years in a Row (2019-2020)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Pneumonia for 6 Years in a Row (2015-2020)

For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 45 million Medicare inpatient records for nearly 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide to assess hospital performance in 32 common conditions and procedures, and evaluated comparative outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 15 states. 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. View the full list of Specialty Excellence AwardTM recipients here. The complete Healthgrades 2020 Report to the Nation and detailed study methodology, can be found at https://partners.healthgrades.com/healthgrades-quality-solutions/healthgrades-quality-awards/.

*Statistics are based on Healthgrades analysis of MedPAR data for years 2016 through 2018 and represent three-year estimates for Medicare patients only.

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