Penrose lauded as one of 100 'best hospitals'


Penrose-St. Francis Health Services has been lauded once again for its delivery of health care. 
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Part of Centura Health, Penrose-St. Francis operates two hospitals in Colorado Springs — Penrose Main on North Cascade Avenue, and St. Francis Medical Center at Powers Boulevard and Woodmen Road. It also operates facilities across Colorado and in western Kansas, with more than 6,000 physicians and 16,200 employees.

Recently, Healthgrades, a leading provider of information about hospitals' performance, published a study naming Penrose-St. Francis as among America’s 100 Best Hospitals for cardiac care, orthopedic surgery and pulmonary care. It's the second year in a row that Penrose-St. Francis has received this recognition in orthopedic surgery, Penrose-St. Francis says in a news release. Also from the release:

The achievement is part of findings released today in American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2014: Healthgrades Report to the Nation, which demonstrates how clinical performance differs dramatically between hospitals and the impact that this variation may have on health outcomes. A 5-star rating indicates that Penrose-St. Francis’ clinical outcomes are better than expected when treating the condition or conducting the procedure being evaluated.

“Penrose-St. Francis has been a vital part of this community for more than 125 years,” said Margaret Sabin, president and chief executive officer of Penrose-St. Francis Health Services. “Until recently, consumers chose a hospital based on reputation or location. Tools such as this Healthgrades report now allow consumers to research and choose a hospital based on the quality of care that a hospital provides, and we’re finding that they’re willing to travel to get quality care.”

Penrose-St. Francis has been one of Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals for the past six consecutive years. The 2014 recipient list is scheduled to be announced in February 2014.

“Hospitals achieve this distinction by providing better than expected outcomes for specific conditions and procedures,” said Evan Marks, Executive Vice President, Informatics and Strategy, Healthgrades. “When selecting physicians associated with a hospital that has achieved this recognition, consumers can expect a commitment to exceptional clinical quality care.”

For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 40 million Medicare-patient records for nearly 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide, assessing hospital performance relative to each of 31 common conditions and procedures. Healthgrades awards hospitals quality achievements for cohort-specific performance, specialty area performance, and overall clinical quality. Individual procedure or condition cohorts are designated as 5 star (statistically better than expected), 3 star (statistically as expected) and 1 star (statistically worse than expected) categories. Detailed performance information, such as cohort-specific outcomes data and quality achievements for individual hospitals may be found at

More information on the American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2014: Healthgrades Report to the Nation, including the complete methodology, can be found at

Healthgrades also recognized Penrose-St. Francis in a number of other areas, including knee and hip replacement, treatment of pulmonary and respiratory ailments and general surgery excellence.

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