Centerpoint Medical Center
October 20, 2010

Centerpoint Medical Center today announced that it has received a 5-Star rating for the quality of its Heart Valve Replacement Surgery program from HealthGrades, the leading independent healthcare ratings organization. The recognition is based on the Thirteenth Annual HealthGrades Hospital Quality in America study, released today, which analyzes patient outcomes at virtually all of the nation’s hospitals. A 5-star quality rating indicates that Centerpoint’s clinical performance is better than expected.

Patients are demanding increased public reporting of quality measures, and recent government reform efforts are backing them up. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, more than 40% of adults report that they believe there are major differences in hospital quality in their immediate geography, and since 1996 the number of consumers that indicated they would choose a hospital based on a high quality rating over familiarity has increased to 72% from 59%.

HealthGrades’ hospital ratings are the most widely used objective, actionable quality measures readily available to the public and are based solely on clinical performance.

In addition to the 5-Star rating in Heart Valve Replacement Surgery, Centerpoint Medical Center is ranked among the top 10 in MO for Cardiac Surgery for the 3rd Consecutive Year (2009-2011). When compared nationally, Centerpoint Medical Center is one of only 149 Heart Valve replacement Programs in the county to receive a 5 Star rating. Within the Kansas City MO-KS Region*, Centerpoint is one of only two hospitals to receive a 5 Star in Heart Valve Replacement (*as defined by the federal government’s Office of Management and Budget).

“Saving and improving the life of people in our community is our top priority,” says Carolyn Caldwell, Centerpoint Medical Center Chief Executive Officer. “This rating showcases our commitment to quality.”

“We are very proud of the accomplishments of our cardiology physicians and staff and the work they have done to achieve this honor. It’s a true testament to their work that an independent healthcare analyst recognized their commitment to quality care,” adds Caldwell.

The HealthGrades study, the largest annual report of its kind, analyzed patient outcomes in nearly 40 million Medicare hospitalization records from 5,000 hospitals over the years 2007, 2008 and 2009. This year’s study found:

  • Across all 17 procedures and diagnoses in which mortality was studied, there was an approximate 72% lower chance of dying in a 5-star rated hospital compared to a 1-star rated hospital, and a 53% lower chance of dying in a 5-star hospital compared with the national average.
  • If all hospitals performed at the level of a 5-star rated hospital across the 17 procedures and diagnoses studied, 232,442 Medicare lives could potentially have been saved from 2007 through 2009.

The new 2011 HealthGrades hospital ratings were posted today and are free to the public at

HealthGrades Hospital Quality Ratings

HealthGrades’ hospital ratings and awards reflect the track record of patient outcomes at hospitals in the form of mortality and complication rates. HealthGrades rates hospitals independently based on data that hospitals submit to the federal government. No hospital can opt in or out of being rated, and no hospital pays to be rated.

For 26 procedures and medical treatments, HealthGrades issues star ratings that reflect the mortality and complication rates for each category of care. Hospitals receiving a 5-star rating have mortality or complication rates that are below the national average, to a statistically significant degree. A 3-star rating means the hospital performs as expected. One-star ratings indicate the hospital’s mortality or complication rates in that procedure or treatment are statistically higher than average. Because the risk profiles of patient populations at hospitals are not alike, HealthGrades risk-adjusts the data to allow for equal comparisons.

More information on today’s HealthGrades study, including the complete methodology, can be found at