Frye Named Best in the Charlotte Region for Overall Cardiac Care 
Wednesday, 17 December 2008 

Frye Regional Medical Center has been named best in the Charlotte region for overall cardiac care, cardiology and coronary intervention procedures  from HealthGrades, the healthcare ratings company.  FRMC is being recognized for their five star ratings in overall cardiac, treatment of heart failure, and coronary interventional procedures such as angioplasty or insertion of a coronary stent.  

 “Every day at Frye we work in conjunction with our physicians to provide the best quality health care possible for the citizens of our region. HealthGrades is a leading national provider of healthcare ratings that compares the quality of care of 5,000 hospitals using clinical indicators,” said Frye CEO Michael Blackburn. “I cannot say enough to commend our physicians and hospital staff that made this award possible.”  

These findings were included in the eleventh annual HealthGrades Hospital Quality in America Study, which is the most comprehensive study of its kind, analyzing more than 41 million Medicare hospitalization records from 2005 to 2007 at the nation’s approximately 5,000 non-federal hospitals.  According to the study, if all hospitals performed at the level of five-star rated hospitals, 237,420 Medicare deaths could potentially have been prevented over the three years studied. More than half of those preventable deaths were associated with four conditions: sepsis, pneumonia, heart failure and respiratory failure.  

While overall death rates declined from 2005 to 2007, the nation’s best-performing hospitals were able to reduce preventable deaths at a much faster rate than poor-performing hospitals, resulting in large state, regional and hospital-to-hospital variations in the quality of patient care, the study found.  

Based on the study, HealthGrades today made available its 2009 quality ratings for virtually every hospital in the country at, a Web site designed to help individuals research and compare local healthcare providers.  

On its Web site, HealthGrades offers, free to consumers, quality ratings of 27 procedures and treatments for virtually every hospital in the country. The Web site is designed so that consumers can easily compare patient outcomes at their local hospitals for procedures ranging from aortic aneurysm repair to bypass surgery. Each hospital receives a star rating based on its patient outcomes in terms of mortality or complication rates for each procedure or treatment. Hospitals with outcomes that are above average to a statistically significant degree receive a five-star rating. Hospitals with average outcomes receive a three-star rating, and hospitals with outcomes that are below average receive a one-star rating. Because no two hospitals or their patients’ risk profiles are alike, HealthGrades employs extensive risk-adjustment algorithms to ensure that it is making analogous comparisons.  

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