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CarolinaEast Medical Center Named North Carolina’s Only 5-Star Hospital for Carotid Procedures by Healthgrades

Hospital news | Wednesday, November 6, 2019

(New Bern, NC) CarolinaEast Medical Center has been recognized as North Carolina’s only hospital to receive a 5-Star Rating in Carotid Procedures, according to a national study by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for information about physicians and hospitals.

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 outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 15 states. For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 45 million Medicare inpatient records to assess hospital performance.

“Patients have an almost 65% lower risk of complication if treated at hospitals like ours that received the 5-Star for Carotid Procedures, versus hospitals that received a 1-Star Rating. That is a significant improvement,” said Ron May, Vice President Medical Affairs/CMO for CarolinaEast Medical Center. “We are proud of our physicians and their medical teams that make this achievement possible.”

Variation in care has a significant impact on health outcomes. From 2016-2018, if all hospitals as a group performed similarly to hospitals receiving 5-stars as a group, on average, 220,019 lives could potentially have been saved and 149,403 complications could potentially have been avoided.*

“Consumers have many choices when it comes to choosing a hospital where to receive care & the choice can be a matter of life and death,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Healthgrades. “The hospitals that have been recognized as 5-star rated for specific procedures & conditions stand out above the rest for the ongoing dedication & commitment to providing exceptional care to their patients.”

The Healthgrades 2020 Report to the Nation and detailed study methodology, can be found at https://partners.healthgrades.com/healthgrades-quality-solutions/healthgrades-quality-awards/