St. Lucie Medical Center today announced that it has received the Patient Safety Excellence Award(tm) 2018 from Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. This achievement is part of new findings and data released on May 10, 2018 by Healthgrades and featured in the Healthgrades 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.*

The new report demonstrates how clinical performance continues to differ dramatically between hospitals regionally and nationally. This variation in care has a significant impact on health outcomes. For example, from 2014-2016, if all hospitals as a group, performed similarly to hospitals receiving 5 stars as a group, on average 219,568 lives could potentially have been saved and 164,454 complications could potentially have been avoided.** A 5-star rating indicates that St. Lucie’s clinical outcomes are statistically significantly better than expected when treating the condition or performing the procedure being evaluated.

“Additionally, from 2014-2016, patients treated for Pancreatitis in hospitals with 5-stars for in-hospital mortality have, on average a 92.8% lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals with 1-star for in-hospital mortality.* Similarly, patients treated for Pancreatitis in hospitals with 1-star for in-hospital mortality are, on average 13.9 times more likely to die than if they were treated in hospitals with 5-stars for in-hospital mortality.**

“We are proud of the validation this report provides for the many efforts of staff and physicians around patient safety”, said Jay Finnegan, Chief Executive Officer, St. Lucie Medical Center.

In addition, on October 2017, Healthgrades recognized St. Lucie Medical Center as a Five-Star Recipient for Hip Fracture Treatment, Five-Star Recipient for Gallbladder Removal Surgery, Five-Star Recipient for Vaginal Delivery, Five-Star Recipient for Gynecologic Procedures for 3 Years in a Row (2015-2017) and Five-Star Recipient for Hysterectomy.

“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 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 2018 Report to the Nation and detailed study methodology, can be found at

**Statistics are based on Healthgrades analysis of MedPAR data for years 2014 through 2016 and represent three-year estimates for Medicare patients only.