Memorial recognized for outstanding clinical care

News-DemocratJanuary 23, 2014 

For the third consecutive year, Memorial Hospital is being recognized for its care of those facing life-threatening illnesses.

Healthgrades, a Denver-based national independent health care rating service, selected the Belleville hospital as one of 260 hospitals -- the top 5 percent -- for clinical care. The hospital was selected among the nation's more than 4,500 hospitals.

In a press statement, Mark Turner, president and chief executive officer of Memorial, said this distinction is a testament to the metro-east hospital's ongoing commitment to provide patients with the best clinical care.

According to Healthgrades, Memorial Hospital and the other hospitals recognized recorded an overall 26.4 percent lower risk adjusted mortality rate than those not recognized. Executive vice president Evan Marks said that if all hospitals performed at the level that Memorial Hospital and the others honored by Healthgrades did, more than 156,000 lives could have been saved.

"For patients undergoing treatment for select common conditions and procedures at these hospitals, this translates to a statistically significant lower likelihood of death or experiencing complications when compared to the rest of American hospitals," Marks said in a released statement.

Contact reporter Will Buss at wbuss@bnd.com or 239-2526.

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