Grand Strand Medical Center today announced that it has achieved the Healthgrades 2021 America’s 250 Best Hospitals Award™. The distinction places Grand Strand Medical Center in the top five percent of nearly 4,500 hospitals assessed nationwide for its superior clinical performance as measured by Healthgrades, the leading resource that connects consumers, physicians and health systems.

“Our colleagues and physicians have gone above and beyond to raise the standard of care for our patients throughout the COVID-19 pandemic,” says Dr. George Helmrich, chief medical officer of Grand Strand Health. “We are recognized with just two other South Carolina hospitals in the 250 Best list this year which is a testament that our care continues to represent our commitment to quality, safety and great patient outcomes.”

From 2017 through 2019, patients treated in hospitals receiving the Healthgrades America’s 250 Best Hospitals Award had, on average, a 27.4 percent lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the award, as measured across 19 rated conditions and procedures for which mortality is the outcome. And during that same period, if all hospitals performed similarly to those achieving the award, 167,235 lives could potentially have been saved.*

“After seeing our care teams’ dedication and compassion for our community this past year, I could not be more proud to see us recognized as among the 250 best hospitals in the nation,” says Mark Sims, chief executive officer of Grand Strand Health. “These awards are the result of everyone’s dedication to giving our patients the quality care they deserve.”

 Grand Strand Medical Center has also been recognized as one of Healthgrades’ 100 Best Hospitals for General Surgery and Spine Surgery, among the top 10 percent in the nation for Critical Care and GI Services, and among the top five percent in General Surgery. The hospital was also recognized as a 5-star recipient in more than a dozen categories for 2021:

  • Stroke
  • Heart Failure
  • Defibrillator Procedures
  • Pacemaker Procedures
  • Total Hip Replacement
  • Spinal Fusion Surgery
  • Pneumonia
  • Colorectal Surgery
  • Bowel Obstruction
  • Pancreatitis
  • Sepsis
  • Respiratory Failure
  • Diabetic Emergencies

Grand Strand Medical Center was also named among the top 5% of hospitals in the nation for Patient Safety and a recipient of the Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award for four years in a row.

“Given that the delivery of healthcare has profoundly changed due to COVID-19, we want to extend our congratulations to the hospitals that received Healthgrades America’s 250 Best Award. These organizations are committed to providing exceptional clinical outcomes for their patients,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades.

Healthgrades America’s 250 Best Hospitals Award recipients are recognized for overall clinical excellence and providing top-quality care across multiple specialty lines and areas. During the 2021 study period (Medicare Fiscal Years 2017-2019), these hospitals showed superior performance in clinical outcomes for patients in the Medicare population across at least 21 of 32 most common inpatient conditions and procedures — as measured by objective performance data (risk-adjusted mortality and in-hospital complications).

To learn more about how Healthgrades determines award recipients, and for more information on Healthgrades Quality Solutions, please visit Healthgrades.

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