A scoring system that counts patient mortality rates as long as 180 days after discharge as well as dozens of complications from common hospital procedures shows 262 hospitals as the best in the country, out of about 1,500 eligible for consideration.
That's according to the 2013 Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence report from Healthgrades, which says that if all hospitals in the nation had mortality rates as low as in these 262 hospitals between 2009 and 2011, 164,414 lives would be saved. That translates to 30.9% fewer deaths.
The report gives five stars to those hospitals whose risk-adjusted mortality rates or complication rates from procedures in 27 lines of service—from abdominal aortic aneurysm repair to cardiac valve repair or replacement—were lower than other hospitals'.
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