A Message From Mark Sugarman, FACHE- President and CEO

As a valued member of our community, I want to share some exciting news with you.  Baptist Health Floyd has once again been ranked among the top 5% of hospitals nationwide for clinical excellence by HealthGrades in 2009. This ranking provides you with third-party validation that our commitment to clinical quality is resulting in outstanding outcomes and care for you, our patient.

Just to explain, HealthGrades is the nation’s leading independent healthcare ratings organization that rates more than 5,000 hospitals nationwide using Medicare data. The distinguished hospital award for clinical excellence is awarded to hospitals whose clinical outcomes are superior to other organizations across the nation. In fact, research shows that mortality rates at a top-rated hospital such as our own are 27 percent lower when compared to all other hospitals. Given this information, if all hospitals had performed at the same level as Baptist Health Floyd, an estimated 153,000 Medicare patient lives could potentially have been saved over the last three years, impressive statistics to say the least.

In this issue of HealthScope, you will find more in-depth articles about our clinical quality initiatives as well as a “report card” that highlights the other clinical areas that received outstanding distinctions from  HealthGrades.

I encourage you to visit the HealthGrades website at www.healthgrades.com and become familiar with the tools that allow you to compare local hospitals and their quality ratings. As always, thank you for choosing to make Baptist Health Floyd your healthcare provider of choice.