National praise for our cardiac surgery, spine surgery and knee replacement programs

Huntsville Hospital is one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery™ and one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Spine Surgery according to a new national study by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.

Huntsville Hospital is the only Alabama hospital that Healthgrades ranks in the Top 5 percent nationally for spine surgery, and also the only Healthgrades award logoshospital in the state named one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery for five consecutive years (2015-2019).

In addition, Healthgrades recognized Huntsville Hospital for the following clinical achievements:

  • Five-Star Distinction for Coronary Bypass Surgery for 12 years in a row (2008-2019)
  • Five-Star Distinction for Spinal Fusion Surgery for 3 years in a row (2017-2019)
  • Five-Star Distinction for Total Knee Replacement in 2019

Every year, Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance at almost 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 32 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions, as well as tracking outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 15 states and the District of Columbia.

Healthgrades’ 2019 Report to the Nation, released this week, demonstrates how clinical performance differs dramatically between hospitals nationally, regionally and at the local level, and the impact that this variation has on health outcomes. From 2015 through 2017, patients treated at hospitals receiving the America’s 50 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery Award have, on average, a 51.1 percent lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the award. Similarly, from 2015 through 2017, patients treated at hospitals receiving the America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Spine Surgery Award have, on average, a 48.2 percent lower risk of experiencing a complication while in the hospital than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the award.

“Hospitals that have achieved the Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Care and America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Spine Surgery have proven their dedication to quality care and exceptional outcomes,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Healthgrades. “Consumers should consider hospital quality when navigating their care journeys, and these recognitions distinguish Huntsville Hospital in the marketplace.”

David Spillers, Huntsville Hospital Health System CEO, called the ratings “a great recognition of the quality of our program. To be included among the best in the nation and in Alabama is a reflection of the great work done here. We give the credit to all of the members of our Cardiac Surgery and Spine Surgery teams for earning these distinctions.”

For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 45 million Medicare inpatient records for almost 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide to assess hospital performance in 32 common conditions and procedures, and evaluated outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 15 states and the District of Columbia. Healthgrades recognizes a hospital’s quality achievements for cohort-specific performance, specialty area performance, and overall clinical quality. Individual procedure or condition cohorts are designated as 5-star (statistically significantly better than expected), 3-star (not statistically different from expected) and 1-star (statistically significantly worse than expected) categories.

The complete Healthgrades 2019 Report to the Nation and detailed study methodology can be found at healthgrades.com/quality.