Frye Best in the State for Cardiac Surgery 
Monday, 25 October 2010 


Frye Regional Medical Center Receives Specialty Excellence Award from Leading Healthcare Independent Ratings Organization

HealthGrades, the leading independent healthcare ratings organization, published a study today finding that Frye Regional Medical Center is #1 in North Carolina and  among the top 5% in the nation for Cardiac Surgery. The nation’s nearly 5,000 hospitals were all included in this sweeping study, which examined mortality rates and complication rates from government data from 2007, 2008 and 2009.

American households are now the second largest payer of health care services, second only to the federal government, and are outspending private business. So it is not surprising that patients are now consuming complex quality information that at once was only available to hospitals themselves. Frye Regional Medical Center wholeheartedly supports all efforts to make quality outcomes available to our community and we are pleased to announce that Frye Regional Medical Center received the following HealthGrades 2011 Awards:

  • Ranked #1 in NC for Cardiac Surgery
  • Recipient of the HealthGrades Cardiac Surgery Excellence Award™
  • Ranked Among the Top 5% in the Nation for Cardiac Surgery
  • Five-Star Rated for Coronary Bypass Surgery and Valve Replacement Surgery

The Thirteenth Annual HealthGrades Hospital Quality in America study, the largest annual report of its kind, analyzed patient outcomes from nearly 40 million Medicare hospitalization records over a three-year period.

HealthGrades’ hospital ratings are the leading objective, actionable quality measures based solely on clinical performance made available to the public.

Top-performing hospitals had dramatically lower mortality rates than other hospitals, according to the study. For the 17 procedures and diagnoses for which HealthGrades analyzed mortality rates, patients at top hospitals had a 72% lower chance of dying when compared with the lowest-performing hospitals, and a 53% lower chance of dying when compared to the U.S. national average.

HealthGrades Hospital Quality Ratings

HealthGrades rates hospitals independently based on data that hospitals submit to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. No hospital can opt in or out of being rated, and no hospital pays to be rated.

For 26 procedures and medical treatments, HealthGrades issues star ratings that reflect the mortality and complication rates for each category of care. Hospitals receiving a 5-star rating have mortality or complication rates that are below the national average, to a statistically significant degree. A 3-star rating means the hospital performs as expected. One-star ratings indicate the hospital’s mortality or complication rates in that procedure or treatment are statistically higher than average. Because the risk profiles of patient populations at hospitals are not alike, HealthGrades risk-adjusts the data to allow for equal comparisons.

More information on today’s HealthGrades study, including the complete methodology, can be found at