Bayhealth Kent General is named one of countrys 50 best hospitals for cardiac surgery

June 1, 2015
 Healthgrades has named Bayhealth Kent General one of America’s 50 best hospitals for cardiac surgery. In the Healthgrades® 2015 Report to the Nation, findings indicate that each hospital’s clinical performance can differ substantially from each other. Nearly 4,500 hospitals were evaluated for their performance in 33 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions. Bayhealth Kent General is the only hospital on the Delmarva Peninsula to earn this distinction for cardiac surgery in 2015. Healthgrades rankings directly relate to patient outcomes. 
Healthgrades is a company based in Denver, Col., specializing in providing information about health care providers throughout the nation. On its web site, the company states that more than one million people consult the Healthgrades web site each day to learn more about their physicians. The mission of Healthgrades is “to help consumers find the right doctor and the right hospital, for the right care.” (www.healthgrades.com.)
Healthgrades functions as a way for consumers to compare health care providers, much as we compare the features of a new car or the dealership we buy it from. “It is more important than ever for consumers to consider objective measures of quality when selecting a physician and a hospital,” said Evan Marks, chief strategy officer at Healthgrades. “Consumers who select a physician associated with a hospital with Healthgrades 5-star performance in a specific procedure or condition can potentially improve their health outcomes and reduce costs.” 
For Bayhealth leaders, physicians and staff, the Healthgrades award is an acknowledgement of their own commitment to providing the best patient care. Healthgrades rankings place Bayhealth in the top 5% of hospitals in the nation for cardiac surgery. Specifically, the award recognized Bayhealth Kent General’s excellence in coronary bypass surgery and valve surgery. Bayhealth Kent General is also the recipient of the Healthgrades® Cardiac Surgery Excellence Award – an honor that has been bestowed three years in succession. 
“Such an award reflects the commitment and dedication from the entire institution,” said John Mannion, MD, administrative chief of cardiovascular surgery at Bayhealth. “The surgeons, cardiologists, consulting physicians, nurses, and cardiovascular professionals at Bayhealth are genuinely dedicated to the vision that it is possible to provide locally, the finest care to our patients in central Delaware.” 
Because Bayhealth Kent General provides great cardiac care locally, patients don’t need to travel to be treated by the best in the business. Whether a person’s heart or vascular condition is common or complex, Bayhealth Kent General is able to provide top level diagnostic services and treatment options. 
“We are very proud to earn this distinction,” said Bayhealth President and Chief Executive Officer Terry Murphy, FACHE. “This honor is the result of the commitment of our physicians, nurses, and entire staff… to delivering the highest quality care for our patients.” 
To find out more about cardiac care at Bayhealth Kent General, go to www.bayhealth.org/heart.   To find a physician who specializes in these services, call 1-866-BAY-DOCS.  
 
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