HealthGrades Study Names Ochsner One of Nation’s 100 Best

Added on Oct 18, 2011 | Filed Under: Press Release

HealthGrades Study Names Ochsner One of Nation’s 100 Best for Four Specialties Including Stroke & Critical Care

Ochsner Ranked Best In Louisiana In Seven Medical Specialties

New Orleans, LA (Oct. 18, 2011) –  A study released today by HealthGrades, the nation’s most trusted, independent source of physician information and hospital quality outcomes, named Ochsner Medical Center and Ochsner Medical Center- West Bank Campus (both campuses of Ochsner Clinic Foundation) among the Best 100 Hospitals in the Nation in four specialties.  Ochsner is the only hospital in Louisiana among the 100 Best for Stroke Care, Gastrointestinal Care, Critical Care and Pulmonary Care. Ochsner’s quality metrics include data from both Ochsner Medical Center and its West Bank Campus.

Overall, Ochsner achieved 19 Five-Star Ratings, six Specialty Excellence Awards and seven Best in State rankings. Ochsner’s ratings for 2012 are exceptional and expected for hospitals named HealthGrades Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence for the second consecutive year (2010-2011) in January. Ochsner achieved #1 in state rankings for Overall Cardiac Services, Cardiology Services, Treatment of Stroke for two years in a row (2011-2012), Overall Pulmonary Services, GI Services for three years in a row (2010-2012), GI Medical Treatment for three years in a row (2010-2012) and Critical Care in 2012.  A complete summary of Ochsner’s achievements is included below.

According to the HealthGrades report, patients in the New Orleans area are increasingly seeking hospital quality information online, with over 230,000 patient visits to in the past year. And for good reason: choosing a hospital can be a life or death decision. HealthGrades’ report found that patients treated at five-star rated hospitals experience a 54% lower risk of mortality and a 43% lower risk of complications than the national average.

A quality comparison of doctors and hospitals in New Orleans area can be found online at  Information on overall hospital quality for 13 major medical specialties as well as the top five most searched medical specialties by patients in the New Orleans area can be found online at New Orleans Market Information.

“This latest recognition for nationally excellent medical care is confirmation of the superb efforts and hard work of our healthcare team,” said Dr. Patrick J. Quinlan, CEO of Ochsner Health System. “This report, when combined with many similar national awards, gives the public the necessary information to make wise decisions about their healthcare choices. This affirms the trust given for generations to Ochsner by so many patients and families.” 

“Patients today have a wide array options when it comes to choosing a health care provider,” said Kerry Hicks, HealthGrades chief executive officer. “At HealthGrades, we are proud to have led the way for empowering patient choice based on objective clinical outcomes and access to actionable quality measures. We commend Ochsner for its superior quality and support of consumerism and transparency in the New Orleans area.”

In addition to its 100 Best Specialty Care Awards, Ochsner achieved many other notable 2012 HealthGrades Clinical Achievements, click here for more information

About Ochsner Clinic Foundation
Ochsner Health System is southeast Louisiana’s largest non-profit, academic, multi-specialty, healthcare delivery system with eight hospitals and over 38 health centers in Louisiana. Ochsner has been named the Consumer Choice for Healthcare in New Orleans for 15 consecutive years and is the only Louisiana hospital recognized by U.S. News and World Report as a “Best Hospital” across seven specialty categories. Ochsner employs more than 12,500 employees and over 850 physicians in over 90 medical specialties and subspecialties. Ochsner Health System is proud to be a tobacco-free environment.

At Ochsner, close collaboration between clinicians and scientists brings medical discoveries from the laboratory to the bedside. Ochsner is a national leader in medical research with more than 300 ongoing research trials and 200 annual publications in medical literature. It is one of the largest non-university based physician training centers in the nation with over 200 Ochsner-sponsored medical residents, over 300 medical residents from affiliated residency programs, over 600 medical students, and 400 allied health students annually.

Ochsner continuously meets the ever-changing patient and community needs through electronically-linked hospitals and health centers. Electronic medical records are available from any Ochsner location allowing for the most consistent patient care, both for routine health needs and more complex medical conditions.  For more information, please visit and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

About HealthGrades
HealthGrades is America's most trusted, independent source of physician information and hospital quality outcomes. HealthGrades online properties are the nation's leading destination for physician search and empower more than 170 million consumers annually to make informed health care decisions.


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