Trident Health System October 22, 2019

NATIONAL STUDY: TRIDENT MEDICAL CENTER AND SUMMERVILLE MEDICAL CENTER ARE FIVE-STAR RECIPIENTS FOR CARDIOVASCULR, CRITICAL CARE, NEUROSCIENCES AND PATIENT SAFETY Study Conducted by Healthgrades

Both Trident Medical Center and Summerville Medical Center are five-star recipients for cardiovascular, neurosciences, critical care and patient safety outcomes according to a study released by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. This achievement is part of new findings and data featured in the Healthgrades 2019 Report to the Nation.

"We're pleased with the results of the Healthgrades study, but we're not surprised," explained Trident Medical Center Chief Medical Officer Dr. Lee Biggs. "Our patient care starts and ends with us asking our colleagues, 'What's best for our patients?' This commitment to quality is what we and our patients expect."

Trident Health President and Chief Executive Officer Todd Gallati said, "Achieving five-star recognition in 10 categories is the result of an intense focus on quality from every member of our patient's care team. I'm very proud of our physicians, nurses and clinicians for their daily commitment to providing the best care for every patient." Earlier this year Trident Medical Center was awarded an 'A' from The Leapfrog Group's Spring 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Guide. Trident Health includes Trident Medical Center, Summerville Medical Center, Moncks Corner Medical Center and Centre Pointe Emergency.

Healthgrades recognized Trident and Summerville Medical Centers for:

  • One of Healthgrades America's 50 Best Hospitals for Vascular Surgery for 3 Years in a Row (2018 - 2020)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Pacemaker Procedures in 2020
  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Stroke for 2 Years in a Row (2019 - 2020)
  • Recipient of the Healthgrades Vascular Surgery Excellence Award for 3 Years in a Row (2018 - 2020)
  • Named Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Vascular Surgery for 3 Years in a Row (2018 - 2020)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Carotid Procedures for 5 Years in a Row (2016 - 2020)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment for Sepsis for 5 Years in a Row (2016 - 2020)
  • Recipient of the Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award for 2 Years in a Row (2018 - 2019)
  • Named Among the Top 5% in the Nation for Patient Safety for 2 Years in a Row ( 2018 - 2019)
  • Named Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Patient Safety for 2 Years in a Row (2018 - 2019)

The new Healthgrades report demonstrates how clinical performance continues to differ dramatically between hospitals regionally and nationally. Every year, Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance at almost 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 32 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions, as well as tracking outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 15 states and the District of Columbia.*

Variation in care has a significant impact on health outcomes. For example, from 2015 through 2017, if all hospitals as a group performed similarly to hospitals receiving 5 stars as a group, then on average 222,210 lives could potentially have been saved and 157,210 in-hospital complications could potentially have been avoided.* A 5-star rating indicates that Trident and Summerville Medical Center's clinical outcomes are statistically significantly better than expected when treating the condition or performing the procedure being evaluated.

"Clinical quality varies significantly between hospitals, so it's important for consumers to use information about outcomes to assess where to receive care," said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Healthgrades. "This 5-star ratings showcase the expertise and commitment of Trident and Summerville Medical Centers to their patients."

For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 45 million Medicare inpatient records for almost 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide to assess hospital performance in 32 common conditions and procedures, and evaluated outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 15 states and the District of Columbia. Healthgrades recognizes a hospital's quality achievements for cohort-specific performance, specialty area performance, and overall clinical quality. Individual procedure or condition cohorts are designated as 5-star (statistically significantly better than expected), 3-star (not statistically different from expected) and 1-star (statistically significantly worse than expected) categories. The complete Healthgrades 2019 Report to the Nation and detailed study methodology can be found at www.healthgrades.com/quality/.

About Trident Health

For more than 40 years staff and physicians at Trident Health have provided acute healthcare services to families in South Carolina's Lowcountry. Services are provided through its two hospitals, Trident Medical Center and Summerville Medical Center; two freestanding emergency departments, Moncks Corner Medical Center and Centre Pointe Emergency; and two urgent care centers, CareNow Urgent Care Goose Creek and CareNow Urgent Care North Charleston. Both hospitals have received top ranking as Joint Commission Top Hospitals for Quality Performance and are Joint Commission Certified for Advanced Heart Failure and Advanced Primary Stroke Centers. Trident Health is one of the South Carolina Lowcountry's largest employers with more than 2,500 employees and has a medical staff of nearly 500 physicians. In 2018 it provided $143.3 million in uncompensated care and paid $47.9 million in local, state and federal taxes. To learn more about how Trident Health is growing to meet the needs of our growing region and how to join our team go to www.tridenthealthsystem.com.

  • Statistics are based on Healthgrades analysis of MedPAR data for years 2015 through 2017 and represent three-year estimates for Medicare patients only.