Centerpoint Medical Center
November 14, 2011

A report released today by HealthGrades, the nation’s most trusted, independent source of physician information and hospital quality ratings, named Centerpoint Medical Center as a recipient of the 5-star rating for Valve Replacement for two straight years and Treatment of Stroke for 2012.

Choosing a hospital can be a life or death decision. The 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. A quality comparison of doctors and hospitals in the greater Kansas City market area can be found online at or via this link Kansas City MO Market Area.

“Saving and improving the life of people in our community is our top priority,” says Carolyn Caldwell, Centerpoint Medical Center Chief Executive Officer. “These ratings showcase our commitment to quality.”

“We are very proud of the accomplishments of our cardiology physicians and staff and the work they have done to achieve the recognition for our valve replacement for two consecutive years. It’s a true testament to their work that an independent healthcare analyst recognized their commitment to quality care,” adds Caldwell.

“Patients today have a wide array options when it comes to choosing a healthcare provider,” said Kerry Hicks, HealthGrades chief executive officer. “At HealthGrades, we are proud to have led the way for empowering patient choice based on objective clinical outcomes and access to actionable quality measures. We commend Centerpoint Medical Center for its superior quality and support of consumerism and transparency.”

Additional clinical achievements for Centerpoint Medical Center:

State Ranking

  • Ranked #4 in Missouri for Cardiac Surgery in 2012
  • Ranked #5 in Missouri for Neurosciences in 2012

5 Star Ratings

  • Five-Star Rated for Valve Surgery for 2 Years in a Row (2011-2012)
  • Five-Star Rated for Treatment of Stroke in 2012

Key findings of the HealthGrades 2011 Healthcare Consumerism and Hospital Quality in America report include:

  • Patients had, on average a 73 percent lower risk of dying in a 5-star rated hospital compared to a 1-star rated hospital, and a 54 percent lower risk of dying in a 5-star rated hospital compared to the national average.
  • Patients had, on average, were 63 percent less likely to experience inhospital complications than patients at 1-star programs, and had a 43 percent lower chance of developing an inhospital complication than the national average.
  • If all Medicare patients from 2008 through 2010 had been treated at 5-star hospitals, 240,040 lives could have potentially been saved.
  • In an online survey, 80 percent said they are very or somewhat concerned about the quality of hospital care in their community.