CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -- St. Luke's Hospital was recently identified as one of America's Best Hospitals for 2011 by HealthGrades, a leading independent healthcare ratings organization. St. Luke's demonstrated superior and sustained clinical quality over an eleven year time period, based on an analysis of more than 140 million Medicare patient records.
To be recognized as America's Best 50 Hospitals, hospitals must have had a risk-adjusted mortality and complication rate in the top 5 percent in the nation for the most consecutive years. On average, patients treated at America's 50 Best Hospitals had a nearly 30 percent lower risk of death and 3 percent lower rate of complications.
HealthGrades' hospital ratings are independently created; no hospital can opt-in or opt-out of being rated, and no hospital pays to be rated. Mortality and complication rates are risk adjusted, which takes into account differing levels of severity of patient illness at different hospitals and allows for hospitals to be compared equally.