PRMC excels in latest Healthgrades report

Peninsula Regional Medical Center, a 288-bed hospital of the Peninsula Regional Health System in Salisbury, was today recognized in the 2019 Healthgrades Star Report national study with 36 clinical achievements for the care it provides to patients across cardiac, orthopedic, neurosciences, pulmonary, vascular, prostate surgery, critical care, labor and delivery and bariatric service lines.

The recognitions include seven Healthgrades Excellence Awards (orthopedics, neurosciences, stroke, pulmonary care, vascular surgery, prostate surgery and labor and delivery).  They place those services or a service specialty within them among the top 5 or 10 percent of all hospitals in the United States.

Peninsula Regional Medical Center also received national recognition from Healthgrades as a Best 50 or Best 100 Hospital in America for care and outcomes.  Peninsula Regional is the only recipient on the Delmarva Peninsula to be:

  •         One of America’s 50 Best Hospitals for Vascular Surgery (5 years in a row/2015-2019)
  •         One of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Stroke Care (2 years in a row/2018 and 2019)
  •         One of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Prostate Surgery (2 years in a row/2018 and 2019)

Additionally, PRMC received 15 5-Star ratings across all nine services reviewed.  That signifies those are performing better than expected when compared to the nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide surveyed by Healthgrades in 32 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions.  Many of the 5-Star ratings have been achieved in multiple consecutive years at PRMC.

“Hospitals that have achieved the Healthgrades America’s 50/100 Best Hospitals for vascular surgery, prostate surgery and stroke care have proven their dedication to quality care and exceptional outcomes,” said Dr. Brad Bowman, Chief Medical Officer at Healthgrades. “Consumers should consider hospital quality when navigating their care journeys, and this recognition distinguishes Peninsula Regional Medical Center in the marketplace.”

Also of note in the 2019 Healthgrades clinical achievement review is PRMC’s recognition for 13 consecutive years with a 5-Star ranking for the treatment of pneumonia, and 9 consecutive years at 5 Stars for the performance of carotid procedures.

Peninsula Regional also holds the Healthgrades 2018 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence, placing it in the Top 5% of all United States hospitals for the overall care provided to its patients.  It is the only hospital on Delmarva to receive that honor, and one of just nine in Maryland. The 2019 Distinguished Hospital Award recipients will be announced in February of next year.

“Peninsula Regional’s greatest asset is our team of employees, medical staff, and volunteers.  Our Healthgrades clinical successes are a direct result of their dedication and devotion to every patient and family member,” said Steven Leonard, President/CEO of the Peninsula Regional Health System and Peninsula Regional Medical Center.  “Quality and safety remain at the heart of everything we do as an organization. To be placed among the nation’s best hospitals, once again, by Healthgrades reinforces that we have assembled the finest healthcare team in the region that is committed to outstanding clinical outcomes and quality patient care.”

PRMC, when compared to the other 4,500 American hospitals surveyed, is performing at or above the national average by receiving either 3 Stars or 5 Stars across all service lines measured by Healthgrades for the quality of care patients receive and the outcomes they experience.  No 1-Star rankings were noted.

For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 45 million Medicare inpatient records for almost 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide to assess hospital performance in 32 common conditions and procedures, and evaluated outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 15 states and the District of Columbia.

Hospitals can neither opt in nor opt out of the Healthgrades survey, and all 4,500 hospitals are measured equally using Medicare data.  Individual procedure or condition cohorts are designated as 5-star (statistically significantly better than expected), 3-star (not statistically different from expected) and 1-star (statistically significantly worse than expected) categories.

The complete Healthgrades 2019 Report to the Nation, including data specific to Peninsula Regional and detailed study methodology, can be found at


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