U.S. News & World Report Names UnityPoint Health St. Luke's Hospital Among Nation's High Performing Hospitals in Heart Failure and COPD treatment

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UnityPoint Health St. Luke’s Hospital has been rated high performing in the treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and heart failure in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals for Common Care ratings, which is a new initiative for the publication. The ratings evaluate more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide on common inpatient procedures and conditions.

“We know consumers have a choice when it comes to choosing where to seek health care,” said Ted Townsend, St. Luke’s Hospital president and CEO. “When choosing a hospital, we encourage consumers to consider a variety of factors such as speaking with their doctor about their individual care plan and by looking up safety and quality information for their state. We are proud to be named a high performing hospital in two Common Care categories. We will continue our dedicated efforts toward finding ways continuously improve the quality of care at St. Luke’s.”

U.S. News evaluated hospitals in five procedures and medical conditions – heart bypass surgery, hip replacement, knee replacement, heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) – and rated them high performers, average or below average. Only about 10 percent of the hospitals were rated as high performers. St. Luke’s was named high performing in two categories and average in three.

“The choice of hospital is one of the most important and costly decisions an individual makes,” said Ben Harder, chief of health analysis for U.S. News. “We evaluated the treatment of more than 3.6 million patients and identified a small percentage of hospitals that have superior outcomes compared with their peer institutions. Whenever possible, patients, in consultation with their doctors, should seek out high performing hospitals that excel in treating their specific condition.”

U.S. News created Best Hospitals for Common Care to help patients find better care for the kinds of common procedures and medical conditions that account for millions of hospitalizations each year. Objective outcome measures such as deaths, infections, readmissions, and operations that need to be repeated as well as patient satisfaction data largely determined the ratings. The Best Hospitals for Common Care ratings rely on Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services data for patients 65 and older, as well as survey data from the American Hospital Association and clinical registry data from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons.

Dr Foster, an international health care analytics company with expertise on claims-based risk adjustment, collaborated with U.S. News on the Best Hospitals for Common Care ratings methodology.

The ratings are freely available at http://health.usnews.com/.