Joplin, MO. Ė St. Johnís Medical Center has been ranked among the top ten percent in the nation for critical care services by HealthGrades, the leading healthcare ratings company.† We will hold an award presentation celebration at noon on Friday, January 9 in the Main Lobby.† St. Johnís Medical Center is also a recipient of the 2009 clinical excellence award for critical care.† In addition, St. Johnís Medical Center received the following recognitions:

* Five-Star Rated for Overall Critical Care

* Five-Star Rated for Treatment of Sepsis† - 4 years in a row (2006 - 2009)

* Five-Star Rated for Treatment of Respiratory Failure† - 2 years in a row (2008 & 2009)

* Received the Highest Possible Star Ratings for Treatment of Sepsis† - 3 years in a row (2007 - 2009)

* Received the Highest Possible Star Ratings for Treatment of Respiratory Failure

ďThis recent award demonstrates St. Johnís continued commitment to providing superior healthcare to our area,Ē said Dr. WC Dandridge, St. Johnís chief medical officer.† ďIt helps reaffirm to patients that St. Johnís is the clear choice, especially when patients are critically ill.† We want patients to know their care is in the most capable and experienced hands at St. Johnís.† We have the highest quality physicians, nurses and staff, whose hard work and dedication has earned St. Johnís this award.Ē These findings were included in the eleventh annual HealthGrades Hospital Quality in America Study, which is the most comprehensive study of its kind, analyzing more than 41 million Medicare hospitalization records from 2005 to 2007 at the nationís approximately 5,000 non-federal hospitals.† According to the study, if all hospitals performed at the level of five-star rated hospitals, 237,420 Medicare deaths could potentially have been prevented over the three years studied. More than half of those preventable deaths were associated with four conditions: sepsis, pneumonia, heart failure and respiratory failure.

While overall death rates declined from 2005 to 2007, the nationís best-performing hospitals were able to reduce preventable deaths at a much faster rate than poor-performing hospitals, resulting in large state, regional and hospital-to-hospital variations in the quality of patient care, the study found. In a continuing effort to provide area communities with outstanding care, St. Johnís is constantly striving to improve quality.† Most recently, St. Johnís began an initiative that will directly affect the critical care unit, by implementing a plan to reduce occurrences of ventilator-related pneumonia.

Based on the study, HealthGrades today made available its 2009 quality ratings for virtually every hospital in the country at, a Web site designed to help individuals research and compare local healthcare providers. On its Web site, HealthGrades offers, free to consumers, quality ratings of 27 procedures and treatments for virtually every hospital in the country. The Web site is designed so that consumers can easily compare patient outcomes at their local hospitals for procedures ranging from aortic aneurysm repair to bypass surgery. Each hospital receives a star rating based on its patient outcomes in terms of mortality or complication rates for each procedure or treatment. Hospitals with outcomes that are above average to a statistically significant degree receive a five-star rating. Hospitals with average outcomes receive a three-star rating, and hospitals with outcomes that are below average receive a one-star rating. Because no two hospitals or their patientsí risk profiles are alike, HealthGrades employs extensive risk-adjustment algorithms to ensure that it is making analogous comparisons.