Beebe gets top marks from Healthgrades

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Beebe Medical Center, Lewes,  announced  it has received the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ from Healthgrades, a  provider of comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.

This designation places Beebe Medical Center among the top five percent of more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide for clinical performance.

“We are extremely proud to have received this award, especially now for four years in a row,” said Jeffrey M. Fried,  CEO of Beebe Medical Center. “It is quite an honor. It shows a consistency in outstanding clinical care and reflects the commitment to quality and patient safety of our Board members, our physicians, our clinical staff and all of our employees.

Beebe Medical Center is one of 262 hospitals named this year that stand out above the rest for their overall clinical care across a broad spectrum of care. While many hospitals have specific areas of expertise and high-quality outcomes in certain areas, these hospitals exhibit comprehensive, high-quality care across multiple clinical specialties.

“Today, consumers  have unprecedented access to information on hospital performance as it relates to specific conditions and procedures so that they can make more informed decisions about who to see and where to go for care,” said Evan Marks, executive vice president for Informatics and Strategy. “The Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence enables hospitals to communicate their commitment to providing outstanding patient care and to show their continued efforts to improve clinical outcomes.”

Beebe Medical Center has received additional national recognition for its quality programs and its ongoing efforts to bring evidence-based medicine to the community. Process improvement initiatives are ongoing at Beebe Medical Center as employees and leadership focus on bringing the best quality medical care to the communities it serves.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has recognized Beebe Medical Center in its “Hospital Value Based Purchasing” rating system. Beebe Medical Center received a 73.3 rating, which put it 32 percent higher than the national average and 53 percent higher than the Delaware hospital average. The rating is important to consumers because it mean that hospitals with a higher rating provide a higher standard of care.

A 2012 Medicare (CMS) report shows that Beebe Medical Center also stands out as a hospital that provides high quality patient care at an efficient cost.

The details found on the Hospital Compare web pages show that Beebe Medical Center, in general, rates either better than the national rate or at the national rate in dozens of specific, measures related to quality and safety. Beebe Medical Center rates better than the national benchmark for the amount of money that is spent per patient on each episode of care. The spending benchmark, referred to on the website as “Medicare Payment,” was added to the report this year.

For more information about Healthgrades, to download a full copy of the report or to get information about hospital and physician quality, visit: www.Healthgrades.com today.

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