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SCL Health announced last month that Lutheran Medical Center has achieved the Healthgrades 2018 America's 50 Best Hospitals Award, placing it in the top one percent of more than 4,500 hospitals assessed nationwide for consistent, year-over-year superior clinical performance as measured by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.

“Watching our star quality programs being implemented, growing and raising our standards to equal any in this nation has been one of the most satisfying and proudest successes I can imagine in healthcare,” said Grant Wicklund, President and CEO at Lutheran Medical Center. “Every one of our associates, physicians and volunteers has played a role in this achievement. It simply wouldn’t happen without the commitment to quality and patient safety that you demonstrate on a daily basis.”

Lutheran also received the 2018 Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence Award, which is a direct contributor to the Top Hospitals award and was announced in January.

From 2014 through 2016, patients (Medicare only) treated in hospitals achieving the award had, on average, a 26.2 percent lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive this award, as measured across 19 rated conditions and procedures where mortality is the outcome. During this same period, if all other hospitals, as a group, had performed at the level of the award recipients across these 19 procedures and conditions, 179,464 lives could potentially have been saved.

During the 2018 study period (2014-2016), these hospitals showed superior performance in clinical outcomes for patients in the Medicare population across at least 21 of 32 most common inpatient conditions and procedures as measured by objective performance data (risk-adjusted mortality and in-hospital complications).

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