Kathy Welsh

Kathy Welsh

POUGHKEEPSIE – Vassar Brothers Medical Center is among 14 New York hospitals to receive Healthgrades’ Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence Award for 2016.

There were 260 recipients of the honor nationwide. Vassar Brothers Medical Center is the only hospital in the Hudson Valley to make the list.

These hospitals are among the top 5 percent in the nation that deliver high-quality care across at least 21 of 32 common inpatient conditions and procedures, as evaluated by Healthgrades, which is an online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.

“The dedicated staff at Vassar Brothers Medical Center provides excellent care to our patients,” hospital President Ann McMackin said. “This recognition is a testament to that commitment and to the comprehensive services we provide to the mid-Hudson Valley community.”

During the 2016 study period (inpatient stays from 2012-2014), Healthgrades Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence, as a group, had a 26.5 percent lower risk adjusted in-hospital mortality rate across 19 procedures and conditions where mortality was the clinical outcome, compared to all other hospitals.

During this same period, if all other hospitals performed at the level of Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence across these 19 procedures and conditions, 158,858 lives could potentially have been saved.

For example, patients treated at a hospital that achieved the Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence Award had, on average, a 32 percent lower risk of dying from heart failure than if treated at a hospital that did not receive this distinction.

“The Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence recipients clearly place a premium on producing great clinical outcomes and stand out from their peers in their overall clinical performance. We commend these hospitals for their well-deserved achievements,” Healthgrades Chief Strategy Officer Evan Marks said.

Vassar Brothers Medical Center is an affiliate of Health Quest, the Hudson Valley’s largest not-for-profit integrated family of hospitals and healthcare providers. Our family includes three award-winning hospitals — Northern Dutchess Hospital in Rhinebeck, Putnam Hospital Center in Carmel and Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie — plus multiple Health Quest Medical Practice (HQMP) primary care and specialty locations, two Health Quest Urgent Care locations for walk-in urgent care and affiliates including Hudson Valley Home Care and The Heart Center.

Altogether, Health Quest delivers immediate, compassionate care, using the latest medical technology, to more than 700,000 people in Columbia, Dutchess, Ulster, Orange, Putnam and northern Westchester counties.

To learn more about how Healthgrades determines Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence recipients, visit www.healthgrades.com/quality.

To see a complete list of the 2016 award recipients, visit healthgrades.com/quality/distinguished-hospital-award-for-clinical-excellence-recipients-2016.

To learn more about Vassar Brothers Medical Center, visit www.healthquest.org/vbmc.





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