The Dayton area is at the top of a national list ranking hospitals with low mortality rates, according to a report Tuesday from the health care ratings firm, Health Grades Inc.
Dayton ranked first and three other Ohio metros — Cincinnati, Cleveland and Akron — ranked in the Top 20. The ranking was based on whether the mortality rate was lower than the national average for 16 different conditions and procedufdres. Dayton’s in-hospital mortality rate for those conditions ranked first at 4.68 percent, compared to a 6.52 percent national average.
The rankings were drawn from publicly available data using Medicare cost reports for 4,500 hospitals across the country, said Dr. Archelle Georgiou, a physician and adviser to Health Grades.
“Hospitals can’t choose to participate or not participate,” Georgiou said. “Sometimes there’s a misperception that we promote these hospitals because they pay to play. But there is no pay to play. These are simply the quality results they have achieved.”
Health Grades reviews hospitals independently but charges hospitals that promote its ratings.
Underscoring its objectivity, Georgiou said, the only hospital in the Dayton area to be named in the Health Grades report is not a subscriber.
Kettering Health Network’s Grandview Medical Center was named as one of the Top 50 hospitals in the nation based on mortality and complication rates across 27 different conditions and procedures for at least the past seven years.
The data was compiled from 2005 to 2011.
Richard Haas, president of Grandview Medical Center, said the rankings, which include results for Southview Medical Center in Washington Township, reflect years of dedication in applying evidence-based best practices at the hospitals.
“We just do things consistently,” Haas said. “The medical staff and nursing staff follow the same procedures with every patient.”
The rankings, he said, “are a tribute to all of the hospitals in our community and the quality of care that they give.”
While the report was limited in scope, Bryan Bucklew, president and CEO of the Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association, said the areas under review for the rankings were the ones that resonate most with patients.
“When people go to the hospital, they want to know No. 1, am I going to die, and No. 2, if I get something done in the hospital are there going to be complications?” Bucklew said. “That’s what this report looks at., and not only does it say great things about Grandview, it says good things about the Dayton region overall.”