September 20, 2011 – The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), an agency of the federal government, recently published the latest data on 30-day mortality rates for hospitals across the country. As in all previous reports, Maimonides Medical Center achieved better-than-expected results in all three categories that are measured: Heart Attack, Heart Failure and Pneumonia.
Several hundred hospitals in the nation achieved better-than-expected mortality rates in one or two of the CMS categories – but only 20 hospitals in the nation have exceptional rates in all three categories. A further look at the data shows that, for Maimonides, the news this year is even better: when compared to rates at the nearly 5,000 hospitals in America, Maimonides was 9th lowest for Heart Failure; 8th lowest for Heart Attack; and had the single lowest 30-day mortality rate in the country for patients being treated for Pneumonia.
“This is terrific news for our patients,” said Pamela Brier, President and Chief Executive Officer at Maimonides. “And it’s gratifying for our doctors and nurses to see that their relentless efforts are having a real impact on the quality of patient care.”
Maimonides is a recognized leader in implementing medical and information technology to improve patient safety and clinical outcomes. This hi-tech approach goes hand-in-hand with attention to fundamental practices like hand-washing – and has allowed Maimonides to improve its patient outcomes for the last decade.
“We rely heavily on evidence-based medicine,” explained Dr. Edgar Lichstein
, Chair of Medicine at Maimonides. “Our patients tend to be older and sicker than average, so we combine best practices in an environment that also encourages constant innovation in the delivery of care.”
The Medical Center has been commended for outstanding services by a number of other independent rating organizations. Earlier this year, Maimonides Medical Center was named a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence by HealthGrades; the American Stroke Association bestowed its Gold Plus Achievement Award on the hospital; and the American Hospital Association once again named it a Most Wired hospital.
Now celebrating its Centennial, Maimonides Medical Center is among the largest independent teaching hospitals in the nation – training over 450 interns, residents and fellows annually. Widely recognized for its major achievements in advancing medical and information technology, Maimonides has 711 beds and over 70 subspecialty programs. For more information on the state-of-the-art clinical services at Maimonides Medical Center, click here