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Lutheran Medical Center has achieved the Healthgrades 2019 America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award, according to a release from Lutheran. The distinction places the hospital in the top 1 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.

Lutheran has received this distinction for the second consecutive year and has been ranked in America’s 100 Best Hospitals for the previous five years. Lutheran is one of two Colorado hospitals (the other is SCL Good Samaritan) in a five-state region – Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska, New Mexico, Utah – to be recognized in the top 1 percent nationwide.

From 2015 through 2017, patients treated in hospitals achieving the Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals award had, on average, a 27.1 percent lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the award, as measured across 19 rated conditions and procedures for which mortality is the outcome. That claim is based on Healthgrades analysis of MedPAR data for years 2015 through 2017 and represent 3-year estimates for Medicare patients only.

Based on the same data during that period, if all hospitals performed similarly to those achieving the award, 182,721 lives could potentially have been saved. For example, patients treated for heart attack in hospitals achieving the Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award have, on average, a 25.2 percent lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the award.

Recipients of the Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award are recognized for overall clinical excellence across a broad spectrum of care. During the 2019 study period (2015 through 2017), 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).

For information about how Healthgrades determines award recipients, visit www.healthgrades.com/quality.