(Greenwood, S.C., October 24, 2012)Self Regional Healthcare is five-star rated for spine surgery, carotid surgery, treatment of respiratory failure and treatment of heart attack according to a new report from Healthgrades, the leading provider of information to help consumers make an informed decision about a physician or hospital.

The report, American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2013: Healthgrades Report to the Nation, evaluates how approximately 4,500 hospitals nationwide performed on risk-adjusted mortality and complication rates for nearly 30 of the most common conditions treated and procedures performed from 2009 through 2011.

In addition, Self Regional has received recognition as a recipient of Outstanding Patient Experience for 2012, ranking it in the top 10% in the nation for patient experience.

“Self Regional is pleased that we continue to consistently deliver five-star care through our Heart and Vascular Center, Spine Center and for our patients who require Critical Care,” said Dr. Nelson Gunter, Chief Quality Officer of Self Regional Healthcare. “As an organization, we are constantly examining ways to improve how we deliver care to the residents of the Lakelands region.”

About Self Regional’s Healthgrades Ratings

  • Five-Star Rated Spine Surgery, eight years in a row (2006-2013)
  • Five-Star Rated Back and Neck (spinal fusion), six years in a row (2008-2013)
  • Five-Star Rated Carotid Surgery, four years in a row (2010-2013)
  • Five-Star Rated Heart Attack, two years in a row (2012-2013)
  • Five-Star Rated Respiratory Failure (2013)
  • Outstanding Patient Experience, 2012

About Healthgrades
Hospital outcomes and complication rates are important in the eyes of consumers making choices today about their healthcare. According to new research conducted by Harris Interactive for Healthgrades, 90% of Americans in 27 top designated market areas agree they would be more likely to choose—or not choose—a hospital if they could learn ahead of time their chances of complications for a certain procedure.

According to the 2013 Healthgrades Report to the Nation, patients being treated at a five-star hospital have, on average, a 61% lower risk of experiencing an in-hospital complication than if they were treated at a one-star hospital (based on 2009-2011 data across nine common procedures and diagnoses). Additionally, a total of 183,534 in-hospital complications could have potentially been avoided if all hospitals performed at a five-star level.

The 2013 Healthgrades hospital quality outcomes were posted today and are free to the public at www.healthgrades.com.

Healthgrades independently measures hospitals based on data that hospitals submit to the federal government. No hospital can opt in or out of the analysis, and no hospital pays to be measured. Healthgrades risk adjusts for patient demographic characteristics and clinical risk factors, thereby taking into account how sick patients are upon admission.

More information on the American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2013: Healthgrades Report to the Nation, including the complete methodology, can be found atwww.healthgrades.com/quality.