Roper Hospital Included in Top 5 Percent for Clinical Care

Healthgrades recognizes the top 5 percent of hospitals for clinical performance

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| Source: Roper St. Francis Healthcare

CHARLESTON, S.C., Jan. 31, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Roper Hospital, part of the Roper St. Francis system, is pleased to announce it has earned the Healthgrades 2014 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence.

The award is the result of a two-year study conducted by Healthgrades, an online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. More than 4,500 hospitals were studied nationwide and only 260 hospitals were selected. These hospitals represent the top 5 percent in the nation. Roper Hospital is the only hospital in the Lowcountry included in the 260 hospitals chosen by Healthgrades, and one of four in South Carolina.

"This recognition is confirmation for our patients that we are fully committed to the quality of their care. Our team works hard to provide the highest level of clinical care while maintaining an intense focus on the patient experience. It is our highest privilege to be entrusted with the care of our community, friends, and neighbors," said Roper Hospital CEO Matt Severence. "Many of our patients use Healthgrades when selecting a provider. This award is a wonderful acknowledgement of the Roper team's strong performance."

The study conducted by Healthgrades describes the top-performing hospitals as sharing a fierce commitment to continuously improving clinical care and having quality embedded in a hospital culture.

From 2010 through 2012, Healthgrades Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence as a group adjusted the rate of deaths by an overall 26.4 percent across 19 procedures and conditions.

"Recipients of the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence have demonstrated better-than-expected quality care. For patients undergoing treatment for select common conditions and procedures at these hospitals, this translates to a statistically significant lower likelihood of death or experiencing complications when compared to the rest of American hospitals," said Evan Marks, EVP, informatics and strategy, Healthgrades.

Roper Hospital has been recognized many times for quality by Becker's Hospital Review, SafeCare Group, Medicare, The Studer Group, Blue Cross/Blue Shield Blue Distinction, and U.S. News and World Report (Truven Analytics).

About Roper St. Francis

Roper St. Francis is the Lowcountry's only private, not-for-profit healthcare provider. The 657-bed system comprises more than 90 facilities and services in seven counties. Learn more at www.RSFH.com.

Colleen Cooney
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