Grand Strand Medical Center is among the top 10 percent in the nation for Critical Care and GI Services, and top five percent in General Surgery according to new research by Healthgrades, the leading resource that connects consumers, physicians and health systems. Each year, Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance at nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 32 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions.

“Our colleagues and physicians have done incredible work throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and our Intensive Care and Respiratory Therapy teams have played a critical role in that. After seeing their dedication and compassion for our community this year, I could not be more proud to see them recognized among the top 10% in the nation,” said Dr. George Helmrich, chief medical officer of Grand Strand Health.

Grand Strand Medical Center has also been recognized as one of Healthgrades’ 100 Best Hospitals for General Surgery and Spine Surgery in 2021 as well as a 5-star recipient in more than a dozen categories. Hospitals receiving a 5-star rating have a lower risk of dying and a lower risk of experiencing one or more complications during a hospital stay than if they were treated at hospitals receiving a 1-star rating in that procedure or condition. From 2017 through 2019, if all hospitals as a group performed similarly to hospitals receiving 5-stars as a group, on average, 218,785 lives could have been potentially saved and complications in 148,681 patients could potentially have been avoided.

5-Star treatment categories awarded to Grand Strand Medical Center include:

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

“The importance of hospital quality is top of mind for consumers, as they are becoming more aware of the differences of care provided by different hospitals. Consumers can feel confident knowing that hospitals that are recognized for their performance provide high-quality care and superior outcomes,” said Dr. Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades.

For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 45 million Medicare inpatient records for nearly 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide to assess hospital performance in 32 common conditions and procedures and evaluated comparative outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 16 states. 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).

Earlier this year, Grand Strand Medical Center was 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.

View Healthgrades' hospital quality methodologies.