St. Vincent’s Medical Center has received a five-star rating for coronary interventional procedures for the second year in a row, as well as valve surgery, by Healthgrades, the leading provider of information to help consumers make an informed decision about a physician or hospital.

This recognition is part of new findings recently released in “American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2013: Healthgrades Report to the Nation,” which evaluates the performance of approximately 4,500 hospitals nationwide across nearly 30 procedures and conditions. A five-star quality measurement indicates that St. Vincent’s Medical Center’s clinical performance is better than expected.

Healthgrades bases its objective hospital quality measures solely on clinical performance and updates them annually, free to the public. The 2013 performance outcomes are available at healthgrades.com.

“This third-party endorsement validates the outstanding patient care provided by our physicians, nurses, clinical and support staff which has allowed St. Vincent’s to remain a leader in cardiovascular care in the region for many years,” said Dr. Lawrence S. Schek, chief medical officer, senior vice president and chairman of cardiovascular medicine. “Thanks to our board-certified cardiologists and state-of-the-art technology, St. Vincent’s has been at the forefront of advances and is able to consistently deliver award-winning cardiac care to our patients.”

Also contributing to its record of coronary interventional outcomes is the fact that St. Vincent’s has implemented a high reliability safety program across all its services, and recently was one of only four hospitals in the state to receive an “A” hospital safety score from the Leapfrog Group, a national organization dedicated to improving the safety, quality and affordability of health care for Americans.

The Connecticut Hospital Association awarded the medical center the 2012 John D. Thompson Award for its safety program, and it was also  recognized by Consumer Reports as one of the top five safest hospitals in the state.

For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 40 million Medicare hospitalization records for services performed from 2009 through 2011 at approximately 4,500 short-term, acute care hospitals nationwide. Healthgrades found that patients treated in hospitals receiving five stars had, on average, 75% lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals receiving one star (across 18 common procedures and diagnoses, such as heart bypass surgery, stroke and pneumonia).

In this year’s report, Healthgrades also analyzed findings over its last five study periods (2005 to 2011) to provide an overview of trends in hospital quality over a longer period. Among its key findings, Healthgrades found that the nation’s average in-hospital risk-adjusted mortality rate improved 22% for procedures and conditions studied by Healthgrades over the last seven years.

Healthgrades independently measures hospitals based on data that hospitals submit to the federal government. No hospital can opt in or out of being measured, 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 hospital admission.

For more information on the “American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2013: Healthgrades Report to the Nation,” including the complete methodology, visit healthgrades.com/quality.