Four hospitals in Rochester have made the grade when it comes to specialized care. "Health Grades" has released its annual report on Monday. The agency grades 5000 hospitals across the country every year based on public information.
Hospitals are judged against one another based on factors such as mortality rates, surgery outcomes, patient care and treatment.
Unity Hospital earned top honors this year in critical care. This is the second year in a row for Unity Hospital to be recognized for critical care which includes care of heart attacks, heart failure, pneumonia, stroke and arterial fibrillation. Unity Hospital sees about 1500 patients a year in its ICU. The hospital recently expanded its emergency department within the last two years.
Highland Hospital also got another award for the second year in a row for its bariatric program. Bariatric surgery is the surgical weight loss procedures performed on obese patients. Highland performs about 600 bariatric surgeries a year, taking patients from as far away as Canada, Buffalo and Syracuse.
Rochester General Hospital received another award for a portion of its heart program. “Health Grades” rates RGH at having one of the best intervention programs in the country. Intervention includes stenting, statins and other prevention methods to help patients keep a heart attack at bay.
Strong Memorial Hospital was being recognized for back, neck and spinal surgery excellence. Strong Hospital performs roughly 1600 different types of neck and back surgeries a year.
Hospitals do not pay to participate in the “Health Grades” report. If they should score well, then a hospital can pay “Health Grades” to use the report in marketing campaigns other venues.
For more information on Health Grades visit: www.healthgrades.com