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HealthGrades ranks RMH among best in nation

HealthGrades, the nation’s leading healthcare quality ratings company, has named RMH a recipient of the Coronary Intervention Excellence Award for 2012, ranking RMH among the top 10 percent of the nation’s hospitals.

HealthGrades has also ranked RMH as number one in Virginia for coronary interventional procedures as well as number one in Virginia, and among the top 10 percent in the nation, for cardiology services for the second consecutive year.

Other cardiology service recognitions include the following:

· Five-Star Rated for Cardiology Services for two years in a row.

· Five-Star Rated for Coronary Interventional Procedures for eight years in a row.

· Five-Star Rated for Treatment of Heart Failure for eight years in a row.

“For more than two decades we have worked diligently to build a high-quality, comprehensive heart care program at RMH,” said Dave Grembi, director of the RMH Heart and Vascular Center. “We are thrilled to be recognized by HealthGrades as the best in Virginia for coronary intervention and among the best in the nation in providing cardiology care to our community. As these recognitions attest, residents of our region need not travel out of the area to receive heart care that is among the best in the state.”

RMH is also a recipient of the following HealthGrades recognitions:

· Pulmonary Care Excellence Award for the eighth consecutive year, ranking it among the top 5 percent of hospitals in the nation.

· Emergency Medicine Excellence Award for the third consecutive year, ranking it among the top 5 percent of hospitals in the nation. RMH is one of only seven hospitals in Virginia to receive this award.

· Critical Care Excellence Award, ranking it in the top 10 percent in the nation.

“These recognitions underscore our ongoing commitment to delivering high-quality clinical care to our patients and our community,” said RMH President Jim Krauss. “I am especially pleased that our cardiology and pulmonary services, as well as critical care and emergency care services, have been recognized as being among the best in Virginia as well as the nation. This is a real tribute to the caring and dedication of our staff and our physicians.”

According to HealthGrades, choosing a hospital can be a life or death decision. A HealthGrades report found that patients treated at 5-star rated hospitals experience a 73 percent lower risk of mortality and a 63 percent lower risk of complications compared to 1-star rated hospitals.

HealthGrades is an independent healthcare rating organization. Hospitals do not pay to be rated and cannot opt out. A quality comparison of doctors and hospitals can be found online at

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