Six Kentucky hospitals get national recognition for specialty care

By Melissa Patrick

Kentucky Health News

Six Kentucky hospitals have been awarded 2024 Healthgrades Specialty Excellence Awards, for placing in the top 5% or 10% of hospitals within a health-care specialty.

“We celebrate the recognized hospitals for their steadfast dedication to high quality specialty care,” Dr. Brad Bowman, chief medical officer and head of Data Science at Healthgrades, said in a news release. “Healthgrades 2024 Specialty Excellence Awards and Ratings showcase hospitals nationwide that deliver consistently exceptional patient outcomes in a given medical specialty.”

Healthgrades is an online source for information about physicians, hospitals and healthcare providers.

Mercy Health Lourdes Hospital in Paducah was recognized as one of the top 100 hospitals in the nation for five specialties, including critical care, gastrointestinal care, gastrointestinal surgery, pulmonary care and stroke care.

Saint Joseph Hospital in Lexington was recognized as a top 100 hospital for critical care and pulmonary care.

Frankfort Regional Medical Center was recognized as a top 100 hospital for prostate surgery.

Owensboro Health Regional Hospital was recognized as one of the nation’s top 50 hospitals for vascular surgery.

St. Elizabeth Edgewood Hospital was the recipient of a “Cardiac Surgery Excellence Award,” “Stroke Care Excellence Award” and “Surgical Care Excellence Award.”

Baptist Health Paducah was the recipient of  a “Vascular Surgery Excellence Award.”

Healthgrades says data for the rankings come from Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (Medpar) files for 2020-22. The analysis looked at patient outcomes for 31 common procedures and conditions from virtually every hospital in the country. Medpar files have records for all Medicare beneficiaries who use hospital inpatient services.

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