St. Lucie Medical Center November 18, 2018

Port St. Lucie, Florida - St. Lucie Medical Center has received the Healthgrades Five-star rating, the highest rating offered, recognizing clinical excellence in hip fracture, gall bladder surgery and gynecologic procedures. This achievement is part of new findings and data released on October 23, 2018, by Healthgrades and featured in the company's "2018 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.*

"Providing outstanding clinical care to patients is our top priority. We are proud of the validation this national award provides to our staff and physicians in recognition of their skill and dedication to safety and care. It is an honor to be Named Among the top five percent in the nation for Patient Safety in 2018 and to receive Healthgrades 2018 Patient Safety Excellence Award," said Jay Finnegan, Chief Executive Officer, St. Lucie Medical Center.

The new report demonstrates the importance of selecting facilities known for clinical excellence. Research suggests that patients receiving care at Five-star facilities have better outcomes than those treated at one-star facilities. According to Healthgrades, from 2014-2016, patients having a vaginal delivery in hospitals with Five-star ratings have, on average, 42.7-percent lower risk of experiencing a complication while in the hospital than if they were treated by hospitals with a One-star rating. During the same time period, patients having gynecologic procedures in hospitals with Five-star ratings have, on average, 61.2-percent lower risk of experiencing a complication while in the hospital than if they were treated by hospitals with a One-star rating.

"In an environment where consumers have more choices about where to receive their care, a hospital's commitment to achieving high-quality outcomes is fundamental," said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades. "Because consumers place such value on this information, hospitals that achieve five stars for procedures/conditions stand out in their marketplace."

*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 evaluate outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 17 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 Five-star (statistically significantly better than expected), Three-star (not statistically different from expected) and One-star (statistically significantly worse than expected) categories. The complete "Healthgrades 2018 Report to the Nation," as well as the detailed study methodology, can be found at www.healthgrades.com/quality.