Foothills Hospital has achieved 5 stars for its performance in Treatment
of Heart Failure from Healthgrades, the leading online resource helping
consumers make informed decisions to find the right doctor and the right
hospital for the right care.
Every year Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance at nearly 4,500
hospitals nationwide for 34 of the most common inpatient procedures and
conditions. The organization released new findings and data in its Healthgrades
2017 Report to the Nation.
A 5-star rating indicates that the clinical outcomes for heart failure
patients at Foothills Hospital are statistically significantly better
than expected. Data from 2013-2015 indicates that patients treated for Heart Failure
in hospitals with 5 stars for in-hospital mortality – such as Foothills
Hospital – have, on average a 62% lower risk of dying than if they
were treated in hospitals with 1 star for in-hospital mortality.*
This new top ranking is confirmed by Foothills Hospital’s very low
hospital readmission rate for heart failure patients. At 10.7%, Foothills’
rate is nearly half that of the 20% target rate for U.S. hospitalsset
by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
BCH hosts the only
specialized heart failure clinic in Boulder County. Led by board-certified heart failure specialistDr. Scott Blois, BCH’s Boulder Heart clinic offers significant expertise with the
latest treatment options, leading to improved outcomes for BCH patients.
Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) is a chronic condition that carries a survival
rate of 50 percent within five years of diagnosis if not treated correctly.
The number of people diagnosed with heart failure is increasing and projected
to rise by 46 percent by 2030, resulting in more than 8 million people
with heart failure, according to the American Heart Association’s
2017 Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics Update.
“We set out to create a unique resource to support patients with
heart failure in Boulder and nearby communities,” says Robert Vissers,
MD, president and CEO of Boulder Community Health. “The state-of-the-art
treatments, education and care provided by Dr. Blois and his team are
improving both quality of life and health outcomes for patients dealing
with this serious diagnosis.”
*Statistics are based on Healthgrades analysis of MedPAR data for years
2013 through 2015 and represent 3-year estimates for Medicare patients only