PRMC scores among top hospitals yet again

Peninsula Regional Health System and Peninsula Regional Medical Center have achieved the Healthgrades 2019 “America’s 250 Best Hospitals Award.”

This is the second consecutive year that Healthgrades has recognized the Salisbury medical center as being among the best in the nation.

Peninsula Regional Medical Center is the only hospital on the Delmarva Peninsula to achieve this recognition and one of just nine in Maryland.

The distinction places PRMC in the Top 5 percent of more than 4,500 hospitals assessed nationwide for its superior clinical performance as measured by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.

Medical system President and CEO Steve Leonard said he was elated to hear the award news and made clear it is staff devotion that allows the recognition.

“Peninsula Regional’s greatest asset is our team of employees, medical staff, and volunteers,” Leonard said. “Our Healthgrades clinical successes are a direct result of their dedication and devotion to every patient and family member. Quality and safety remain at the heart of everything we do as an organization.”

He again stressed the teamwork aspects of the award.

“To be placed among the nation’s best hospitals, once again, by Healthgrades reinforces that we have assembled the finest health care team in the region that is committed to outstanding clinical outcomes and quality patient care,” Leonard said.

Healthgrades recognized PRMC with nearly 40 clinical achievements.

In additional to being named a Top 5 percent hospital for its clinical performance, Peninsula Regional also received the following significant recognitions:

·       America’s 50 Best Hospitals for Vascular Surgery 5 years in a row (2015-2019).

·       America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Prostate Surgery 2 years in a row (2018-2019).

·       America’s Best 100 Hospitals for Stroke Care 2 Years in a row (2018-2019).

·       Top 10 percent of all United States Hospitals Evaluated for Labor and Delivery services (2018).

·       Top 5 percent in the Nation for Neurosciences 3 years in a row (2017-2019).

·       Top 10 percent in the Nation for Overall Pulmonary Services 2 years in a row (2018-2019).

·       Top 10 percent in the Nation for Overall Orthopedic Services 3 years in a row (2017-2019).

“Consumers have several hospitals to choose from, so it’s important they understand which hospitals achieve the best clinical outcomes,” said Brad Bowman, Chief Medical Officer at Healthgrades. “Recipients of the Healthgrades America’s 250 Best Hospitals Award, including Peninsula Regional Medical Center, are setting the bar in patient care.”

From 2015 through 2017, patients treated in hospitals achieving the award had, on average, a 27.1 percent lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the award, as measured across 19 rated conditions and procedures for which mortality is the outcome.*

During that same period, if all hospitals performed similarly to those achieving the Healthgrades America’s 250 Best Hospitals Award, 168,165 lives could potentially have been saved. For example, patients treated for sepsis in hospitals achieving the award have, on average, a 26.1 percent lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the award.*

Peninsula Regional has also been recognized by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services with a 5-Star Rating – the agency’s best – for the care it provides and the outcomes experienced by patients. The Leapfrog group also recently presented PRMC an “A Safety Rating” for the care and safety provided to patients.

Recipients of the Healthgrades America’s 250 Best Hospitals Award stand out among the rest for overall clinical excellence across a broad spectrum of care. During the 2019 study period (2015 through 2017), these hospitals showed superior performance in clinical outcomes for patients in the Medicare population across at least 21 of 32 most common inpatient conditions and procedures — as measured by objective performance data (risk-adjusted mortality and in-hospital complications).

To learn more about how Healthgrades determines award recipients, and for more information on Healthgrades Quality Solutions, please visit

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