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Lee Health Hospitals among the best of the best

By Staff | Mar 4, 2019

Four Lee Health adult acute care hospitals have been named among “America’s Best Hospitals” for 2019, a distinction that places them in the top five percent of hospitals nationwide, according to Healthgrades, a leading online resource for information about physicians and hospitals.

The designation rewards hospitals that consistently exhibit comprehensive, quality care across all clinical areas.

“We are honored that Healthgrades named all four of our adult acute care hospitals among the nation’s best. This shows that patients from all corners of Lee County can be confident they are receiving world-class care when they walk through the doors at any Lee Health hospital. Each of our hospitals being named among the top five percent in the country is a testament to Lee Health’s culture and our team’s dedication to creating a caring and healthy environment for our patients,” Scott Kashman, Lee Health’s chief acute care officer, said.

Cape Coral Hospital, Gulf Coast Medical Center, HealthPark Medical Center and Lee Memorial Hospital are four of 18 Florida hospitals including in the grouping. Being in the top 5 percent means patients at Lee Health hospitals are less likely to experience medical or surgical complications and have the best chances for survival during and after hospitalization.

The list is based entirely on clinical quality outcomes for 32 conditions and procedures. Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance for more than 4,500 hospitals across the nation annually based on Medicare inpatient data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Medicare Provider Analysis and Review database. No hospital can opt-in or opt-out, nor can they pay to be evaluated.

The honor builds on Lee Health’s hospitals’ recent recognitions for quality and safety. Last year, three Lee Health hospitals earned “A” grades with one hospital, HealthPark Medical Center, only .03 points away from an “A” grade in the Leapfrog Group’s bi-annual hospital safety grades. The group also named Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida a “top hospital” for the third straight year, one of only three children’s hospitals in the nation to receive this honor.