Guadalupe Regional Medical Center Is Healthgrades Five-Star Recipient For Colorectal Surgery

Seguin, Texas (November 5, 2020) – Guadalupe Regional Medical Center (GRMC) is 5-star rated for Colorectal Surgery outcomes according to new research released by Healthgrades, the leading resource that connects consumers, physicians and health systems. Every year, Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance at nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 32 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions using Medicare data, and additional analyzes outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 16 states.

This analysis shows that patients treated at hospitals receiving a 5-star rating have a lower risk of dying and a lower risk of experiencing one or more complications during a hospital stay than if they were treated at hospitals receiving a 1-star rating in that procedure or condition. From 2017 through 2019, if all hospitals as a group performed similarly to hospitals receiving 5-stars as a group, on average, 218,785 lives could potentially have been saved and complications in 148,681 patients could potentially have been avoided.*

Additionally, from 2017-2019, patients treated for Colorectal Surgeries in hospitals with 5-stars for in-hospital mortality have, on average, a 74.4% lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals with 1-star for in-house mortality. Similarly, patients treated for Colorectal Surgeries in hospitals with 1-star for in-hospital mortality are, on average, 3.9 times more likely to die than if they were treated in hospitals with 5-stars for in-hospital mortality.*

“Hospital quality has never been more important, and consumers are becoming more aware of the importance of researching where they receive care before they visit a hospital for a specific procedure or condition,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Healthgrades. “Hospitals that receive a Healthgrades 5-star rating for Colorectal Surgeries demonstrate exceptional outcomes and their ability to provide quality care for patients.”

“This national recognition from Healthgrades confirms our dedication in providing the safest and best possible care to each life we are privileged to touch, as well as exemplifies the commitment of our staff when caring for patients”, says Howard Solomon, M.D., GRMC Surgical Department Chair.

GRMC has also been recognized as a Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Heart Failure in 2021.

For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 45 million Medicare inpatient records for nearly 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide to assess hospital performance in 32 common conditions and procedures, and evaluated outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 16 states. Healthgrades recognizes a hospital’s quality achievements for cohort-specific performance, specialty area performance, and overall clinical quality. Individual procedure or condition cohorts are designated as 5-star (statistically significantly better than expected), 3-star (not statistically different from expected) and 1-star (statistically significantly worse than expected). The complete Healthgrades 2021 Report to the Nation and detailed study methodology, can be found here.

* Statistics are based on Healthgrades analysis of MedPAR data for years 2017 through 2019 and represent three-year estimates for Medicare patients only. For appendectomy and bariatric surgery, Healthgrades used inpatient data from 16 states that provide all-payer data for years 2016 through 2018.