Penrose awarded for excellence in women’s health

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Penrose St. Francis Health Services received the women’s health excellence award from HealthGrades.

Hospitals that receive the award rank among the top 5 percent of all hospitals nationwide for providing care to women in areas involving heart attacks, congestive heart failure, pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, stroke, cardiovascular procedures and bone and joint health.

In March, the hospital system received the HealthGrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals award for the second consecutive year.

According to the sixth annual report on women’s health, the nation’s hospitals show gaps in providing quality care for women.

The study analyzes results for 16 procedures and found that top-performing hospitals improved survival rate 33 percent more than poorly performing hospitals from 2005 to 2007.

The study found that 18,089 lives could have been saved and nearly 7,000 complications could have been avoided if all hospitals performed at the level of the top-performing hospitals. The study found that 82 percent of the potentially preventable deaths was just four diagnoses: pneumonia, stroke, heart failure and heart attack.

Colorado was in the top 10 for lowest mortality rate in all three categories of women’s health, the only state to achieve that ranking. Florida, Michigan, Montana, Ohio and South Dakota ranked in the top 10 in two categories.

HealthGrades analyzed more than 2.6 million hospitalizations using Medicare data from all 50 states. Two other hospitals in the state, North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley and Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins, also were recognized by HealthGrades.