Heritage Valley Beaver Named Top 10 Percent in Nation for Gastrointestinal Care in 2020 by Healthgrades

Heritage Valley Beaver is among the top 10 percent in the nation for Gastrointestinal Care, according to a national report by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.  

The variation in hospital quality can have a significant impact on the quality of care a patient receives. From 2016 through 2018, patients treated at hospitals receiving the Gastrointestinal Care Specialty Excellence Award, such as Heritage Valley Beaver, have, on average, a 27.8 percent lower risk of experiencing a complication or dying while in the hospital than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the award.*  

“The Health System is honored to receive national recognition for gastrointestinal care at Heritage Valley Beaver,” said Norm Mitry, President and CEO, Heritage Valley Health System. “As a community health system, it is our goal to deliver the highest quality care to our patients in the communities where they work and live. This recognition is an indication that we are meeting that goal.”  

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 all-payer data from 15 states for bariatrics and appendectomy procedures.* Heritage Valley Beaver achievement is part of findings released in the Healthgrades 2020 Report to the Nation, which underscores the importance of hospital quality to both consumers and hospital executives.  

“The hospitals that stand out for exceptional performance in Gastrointestinal Care should be commended for their long-standing commitment to quality,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades. “As consumers are increasingly savvy when it comes to finding and selecting a hospital, patients can be confident when they select a hospital that has achieved this Healthgrades recognition.”  

Heritage Valley Beaver was also recognized for the following clinical achievements:

  • Five-Star Distinction in Treatment of Heart Attack in 2020
  • Five-Star Distinction for Total Knee Replacement in 2020
  • Five-Star Distinction for Esophageal/Stomach Surgeries in 2020
  • Five-Star Distinction for Colorectal Surgeries for 2 years in a row (2019-2020)
  • Five-Star Distinction for Treatment of GI Bleed in 2020
  • Five-Star Distinction for Treatment of Bowel Obstruction in 2020  

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) categories. View the full list of Specialty Excellence AwardTM recipients here. The complete Healthgrades 2020 Report to the Nation and detailed study methodology, can be found at https://partners.healthgrades.com/healthgrades-quality-solutions/healthgrades-quality-awards/.   

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About Heritage Valley Health System
Heritage Valley Health System is a $535 million integrated delivery network providing comprehensive health care for residents of Allegheny, Beaver, Butler and Lawrence counties, in Pennsylvania; eastern Ohio; and the panhandle of West Virginia. In partnership with 4,100 employees and more than 630 physicians, Heritage Valley offers a broad range of medical, surgical and diagnostic services at its three hospitals, Heritage Valley Sewickley, Heritage Valley Beaver and Heritage Valley Kennedy; in 55 physician offices; and more than 21 community satellite facilities.  For more information about Heritage Valley Health System, please visit www.heritagevalley.org.  

*Statistics are based on Healthgrades analysis of MedPAR data for years 2016 through 2018 and represent three-year estimates for Medicare patients only.