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National study: Rutland Regional named in America’s top 10 percent for patient safety

RUTLAND — For a third year in a row Rutland Regional announced that it has received the top 10 percent in the nation for Patient Safety from Healthgrades, the leading online resource helping consumers make informed decisions in order to find the right doctor, the right hospital and the right care. This achievement is part of new findings and data released June 19 on and in the Healthgrades 2015 Report to the Nation.  Every year, Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance at over 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 33 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions.

According to the study, Rutland Regional received the prestigious Patient Safety rating along with the HealthGrades Patient Safety Safety Excellence Award. HealthGrades gives the Patient Safety Excellence Awards to hospitals for their performance in the prevention of serious, potentially preventable complications during hospital stays.

Healthgrades also gave high marks to Rutland Regional as one of the top 10 percent in the nation for outstanding patient experience. This award identifies the top 10 percent of hospitals for which the hospital’s own patients report superior experiences as compared to others of similar size and focus and would recommend them to their friends or family.

In addition to achieving these two distinctions, Rutland Regional was also named a recipient of five specialty excellence awards including: Five-Star Recipient for Knee Replacement; Five-Star Recipient for Transurethral Prostate Resection Surgery 2013-2015; one of Healthgrades’ 100 Best Hospitals for Prostate Surgeries, 2013-2015; Prostate Surgery Excellence Award 2013-2015; and Top 10 percent in the Nation for Prostate Surgery 2013-2015.

“The ratings from Healthgrades is national validation that our doctors and program rank among the very best in the country,” said Tom Huebner, president and chief executive officer of Rutland Regional Medical Center. “This achievement reflects our dedication to exceeding national standards for quality and safety for our patients.”

The new report demonstrates how clinical performance continues to differ dramatically between hospitals and the impact that this variation may have on health outcomes and organizational costs. For example, from 2011-2013, if all hospitals as a group performed similarly to hospitals receiving 5-stars as a group, on average 228,426 lives could potentially have been saved and 169,298 complications could potentially have been avoided.

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 33 common conditions and procedures. For more information visit

Rutland Regional Medical Center founded in 1896, is the second largest health care facility in Vermont with a medical staff of 207 physicians trained in 36 specialty areas.

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