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Blount Memorial Recognized as One of Healthgrades 2013 Women’s Health Excellence Award™ Recipients
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Blount Memorial Hospital announced today that it has achieved the Healthgrades 2013 Women’s Health Excellence Award™ according to Healthgrades, the leading online resource that helps consumers search, evaluate, compare and connect with physicians and hospitals. The recognition distinguishes Blount Memorial as a top-performing hospital in women’s health, which includes care provided to women for common conditions and procedures treated in the hospital.

“We are honored to be one of only two hospitals in Tennessee to receive the 2013 Women’s Health Excellence Award,” says hospital CEO Don Heinemann. “Only 176 hospitals of the nation’s 4,783 hospitals evaluated were recognized for excellence in the delivery of women’s health care.”

“Earlier this year, we were recognized as a distinguished hospital in the top 5 percent in the nation for clinical excellence and with additional honors highlighting quality and our patient outcomes. This additional honor, specific to women’s health care, demonstrates the ongoing emphasis we place on providing the best care possible in a close-to-home setting. It’s not a surprise that our outcomes rank so well when looking at our peer hospitals – it’s the result of teamwork, dedication of our clinicians and a passion for providing the best.”

“Women tend to fare worse than men in the treatment of significant medical conditions like cardiovascular disease, so it is important for women to understand their risks and select a hospital accordingly,” said Brad Bowman, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades. “The Healthgrades 2013 Women’s Health Excellence Award recipients have demonstrated exceptional performance and a dedicated approach to delivering superior quality of care for women.”

Healthgrades 2013 Women’s Health Excellence Award recipient hospitals have the potential to save women’s lives. Compared to hospitals that performed in the bottom 10% from 2009 through 2011, Healthgrades Women’s Health Excellence Award recipients as a group had a 55% lower mortality rate across eight conditions and procedures and a 21% lower complication rate across seven conditions and procedures. CMS MedPAR Data (2009-2011)

If all hospitals nationwide performed at the level of the Healthgrades Women’s Health Excellence Award hospitals:

  • 46,317 women’s lives could have potentially been saved
  • 21,285 women could have potentially avoided in-hospital complications

“Women can be assured that when choosing Blount Memorial, they are choosing a provider that they can trust with their health, as well as the health of their families,” Heinemann says. “Whether it’s treatment for a heart attack, a hip or knee replacement, stroke, or even an annual exam or mammogram, at Blount Memorial, our patients – including women – will receive the best treatment available.”

To see the complete Healthgrades Women’s Health Report 2013: ‘Lean In’ When Making Healthcare Decisions to Get Your Best Outcome, including full methodology, please visit:

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