(January 27, 2010) - The clinical quality at Memorial University
Medical Center (MUMC) ranks among the top 5 percent in the nation
according to a new study by HealthGrades. The information was
released in the eighth annual HealthGrades Hospital Quality and
Clinical Excellence study. Memorial University Medical Center is
one of only 269 hospitals nationwide (out of 5,000 hospitals
analyzed) to be named among the HealthGrades Distinguished
Hospitals for Clinical Excellence™. It is the only hospital in the
Savannah area to earn the recognition.
The eighth annual HealthGrades Hospital Quality and Clinical
Excellence study reviewed the outcomes of 40 million patients who
were hospitalized in any of the nation's 5,000 non-federal
hospitals between 2006 and 2008.
"It is a tremendous honor to be considered among the top 5
percent in the nation for clinical quality. Our physicians and Team
Members work very hard every day to consistently provide
world-class care right here in Savannah. We don't think anyone
should have to leave the area to find the best doctors or
treatments - it's all right here at Memorial," said Ramon Meguiar,
M.D., senior vice president and chief medical officer at MUMC.
According to the study, top-rated hospitals had risk-adjusted
mortality rates that were, on average, 29 percent lower than other
hospitals. Risk-adjusted complication rates were, on average, 9
percent lower than other hospitals. And, between 2006 and 2008,
Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence lowered their
risk-adjusted mortality rates by an average of 14 percent compared
with a 10 percent average improvement for all other hospitals.
You're invited to view MUMC's patient outcomes.
To read the full HealthGrades report and methodology, visit www.
Memorial University Medical Center is a two-state healthcare
organization serving a 35-county area in southeast Georgia and
southern South Carolina. The system includes its flagship hospital,
a 530-bed academic medical center; Memorial primary
and specialty care physician networks; a major medical
education program; business and
industry services; and NurseOne,
a 24-hour call center.