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Hartford HealthCare Earns 63 Awards From Healthgrades

November 12, 2021

Five of Hartford HealthCare’s hospitals earned 63 Specialty Excellence Awards for the quality of care offered to patients in various categories, according to a new analysis by Healthgrades®, a leading resource connecting consumers, physicians and health systems.

Each year, Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance at nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 21 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions. Their Specialty Excellence Awards recognize hospitals with superior performance in specific specialty lines and specialty focus areas, and indicate services where patients have a lower risk of complications.

“We want to provide information to make finding a healthcare specialist an easier experience for consumers. Patients can feel confident knowing that hospitals that are recognized for their performance, providing high-quality care and superior outcomes,” said Dr. Brad Bowman, chief medical officer and Head of Data Science, Healthgrades.

“These awards underscore the value Hartford HealthCare places on quality of care and the commitment our teams have to making our facilities the best place for people in communities across the state to seek care. The awards represent the contributions of all hospital staff members,” said Ajay Kumar, MD, FACP, SFHM, Executive Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer for Hartford HealthCare.

The awards earned by Hartford HealthCare, by hospital, include:

Hartford Hospital

  • Best Specialty
    • America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Care™, second consecutive year
    • America’s 50 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery™, second consecutive year
    • America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Coronary Intervention, second consecutive year
  • Cardiac
    • Cardiac Care Excellence Award™, second consecutive year
    • Cardiac Surgery Excellence Award™, third consecutive year
    • Coronary Intervention Excellence Award™, second consecutive year
    • Top 5% in Nation for Overall Cardiac Services, second consecutive year
    • Top 5% in Nation for Cardiac Surgery, second consecutive year
    • Top 5% in Nation for Cardiology Services
    • Top 5% in Nation for Coronary Interventional Procedures
    • Top 10% in Nation for Overall Cardiac Services, second consecutive year
    • Top 10% in Nation for Cardiac Surgery, third consecutive year
    • Top 10% in Nation for Cardiology Services
    • Top 10% in Nation for Coronary Interventional Procedures, second consecutive year
    • Five-Star Recipient for Coronary Bypass Surgery, second consecutive year
    • Five-Star Recipient for Valve Surgery, sixth consecutive year
    • Five-Star Recipient for Coronary Interventional Procedures, second consecutive year
    • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Heart Attack, second consecutive year
    • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Heart Failure, seventh consecutive year
  • Neurosciences
    • Cranial Neurosurgery Excellence Award™
    • Top 5% in the Nation for Cranial Neurosurgery
    • Top 10% in the Nation for Cranial Neurosurgery
    • Five-Star Recipient for Cranial Neurosurgery, second consecutive year
    • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Stroke
  • Pulmonary
    • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Pneumonia, second consecutive year
  • Gastrointestinal
    • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of GI Bleed
  • Critical Care
    • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Sepsis, 19th consecutive year
    • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Respiratory Failure, eighth consecutive year

Backus Hospital

  • Neurosciences
    • Stroke Care Excellence Award™
    • Tope 10% in the Nation for Treatment of Stroke
    • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Stroke
  • Pulmonary
    • Pulmonary Care Excellence Award™
    • Top 10% in the Nation for Overall Pulmonary Services
    • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Pneumonia, third consecutive year
  • Gastrointestinal
    • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Bowel Obstruction, second consecutive year
  • Critical Care
    • Critical Care Excellence Award™
    • Top 5% in the Nation for Critical Care
    • Top 10% in the Nation for Critical Care
    • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Sepsis, sixth consecutive year

The Hospital of Central Connecticut

  • Best Specialty
    • America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Spine Surgery™
  • Orthopedics
    • Five-Star Recipient for Spinal Fusion Surgery, third consecutive year
  • Neurosciences
    • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Stroke, second consecutive year
  • Pulmonary
    • Pulmonary Care Excellence Award™
    • Top 10% in the Nation for Overall Pulmonary Services
    • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Pneumonia, 20th consecutive year
  • Gastrointestinal
    • Five-Star Recipient for Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeries, third consecutive year
  • Critical Care
    • Critical Care Excellence Award™
    • Top 10% in the Nation for Critical Care
    • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Sepsis, eighth consecutive year
    • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Respiratory Failure, seventh consecutive year

MidState Medical Center

  • Cardiac
    • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Heart Failure
  • Orthopedics
    • Five-Star Recipient for Total Knee Replacement, third consecutive year
    • Five-Star Recipient for Spinal Fusion Surgery
  • Pulmonary
    • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Pneumonia, second consecutive year
  • Critical Care
    • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Sepsis, second consecutive year
  • Outstanding Patient
    • Outstanding Patient Experience Award™, second consecutive year
    • Top 10% in the Nation for Outstanding Patient Experience, second consecutive year
    • Top 15% in the Nation for Outstanding Patient Experience, second consecutive year

Windham Hospital

  • Orthopedics
    • Joint Replacement Excellence Award™
    • Top 10% in the Nation for Joint Replacement
    • Five-Star Recipient for Total Knee Replacement, second consecutive year

“Across the system, our teams have undertaken a wide variety of quality-centered initiatives to improve the care we provide patients. Many of these awards reflect that hard work,” Kumar said.

For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 45 million Medicare inpatient records for nearly 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide to assess hospital performance in 31 common conditions and procedures and evaluated outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 16 states. Healthgrades recognizes a hospital’s quality achievements for cohort-specific performance, specialty area performance, and overall clinical quality. Individual procedure or condition cohorts are designated as 5-star (statistically significantly better than expected), 3-star (not statistically different from expected), and 1-star (statistically significantly worse than expected).