Carondelet St. Mary’s Hospital Named among Top 5% of Hospitals in the Nation
HealthGrades, a leading independent healthcare ratings organization and the nation’s most trusted source of healthcare provider information, has named Carondelet St. Mary’s Hospital as a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence™. This prestigious distinction places St. Mary’s among the top five percent of hospitals nationwide for clinical performance. To put it simply, people are more likely to have successful treatment, fewer complications and lower mortality, at these Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence.

HealthGrades Hospital Quality and Clinical Excellence study, in which St. Mary’s is highlighted, objectively identifies hospitals with the best overall clinical performance across all 26 medical diagnoses and procedures. Out of 5,000 hospitals studied nationwide, only 263 were designated as a HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence™.

“Carondelet St. Mary’s can be proud of the contributions of its physicians, nurses and staff in achieving outstanding patient care,” says Dr. Rick May, HealthGrades’ vice president of clinical quality services and co-author of the study. “The Tucson community is fortunate to have access to some of the highest quality hospital care in the nation.
“We are extremely proud of this designation by HealthGrades. It is wonderful for our physicians and associates to know that St. Mary’s is recognized among the best in the nation for providing quality care to the patients that we serve,” notes Dorothy Sawyer, Carondelet Senior Vice President and CEO of St. Mary’s Hospital.
Beyond earning the top award as a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence, St. Mary’s received 5 Star ratings (the highest possible) for its care of heart attacks, heart failure, stroke, pneumonia, sepsis and respiratory failure. The hospital also achieved HealthGrades’ Critical Care Excellence Award, placing it among the top 10 percent of hospitals nationwide for critical care. (See attached complete list of St. Mary’s HealthGrades honors)
Chief Medical Officer Dr. Amy Beiter adds, “We have a long list of physicians who have dedicated their careers to serving patients and families at St. Mary’s and we are all honored to be recognized by HealthGrades and to know that our hospital is responsible for helping to elevate Tucson’s reputation for quality clinical care.”

Unlike other hospital quality studies, HealthGrades evaluates hospitals solely on clinical outcomes, risk-adjusted mortality and in-hospital complications. HealthGrades’ analysis is based on approximately 40 million Medicare discharges for the years 2008, 2009 and 2010. Using these top performing hospitals as a benchmark in this year’s HealthGrades study, HealthGrades quantifies the impact of differences in hospital quality in terms of lives lost and unexpected complications. (Also attached Frequently Asked Questions and Answers provided by HealthGrades)
This Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence award is not the only prestigious recognition St. Mary’s has earned recently. St. Mary’s was the only Arizona hospital honored by The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association with a Get with the Guidelines Gold Award for care of heart failure. The hospital also received a GWTG Silver-Plus Award for its care of stroke. Click here to review the AHA/ASA’s listing.

About Carondelet Health Network Located in Tucson, Arizona, Carondelet Health Network is a Catholic, non- for-profit healthcare system dedicated to responding to the health, prevention, education, and wellness needs of Southern Arizonans. Carondelet was founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet 131 years ago. Carondelet’s Tucson facilities include St. Mary's Hospital, St. Joseph's Hospital, Carondelet Heart & Vascular Institute and Carondelet Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital and in Nogales, Arizona, Carondelet Holy Cross Hospital. Carondelet family of services also include nearly 20 primary and specialty care offices, an ambulatory surgery center, several imaging centers, Hospice and Palliative Care, and a variety of other outpatient services. Carondelet Health Network is a ministry of Ascension Health, the nation's largest Catholic, non-profit healthcare system. In Fiscal Year 2011, Carondelet provided nearly $52 million in Community Benefit to improve the health of our community and increase access to healthcare. More information about Carondelet Health Network is available at

About HealthGrades Hospital Quality Distinctions As part of this study, HealthGrades evaluates each of the nation’s 5,000 nonfederal hospitals in 26 procedures and diagnoses, allowing individuals to compare their local hospitals online at HealthGrades hospital quality distinctions are independently created; no hospital can opt-in or opt-out of being evaluated, and no hospital pays to be evaluated. 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.

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