St. Mary's Sacred Heart

(706) 356-7800
367 Clear Creek Parkway  •  Lavonia, GA 30553

Healthgrades names Sacred Heart a 5-star recipient

St. Mary's Sacred Heart Hospital today announced that it has achieved five stars for its performance in gallbladder removal surgery from Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. This is the fourth consecutive year Sacred Heart Hospital has received Healthgrades' highest rating in this common surgical procedure (2015-2018).

This achievement is part of new findings and data released today by Healthgrades and featured in the Healthgrades 2018 Report to the Nation. Every year, Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance at nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 34 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions.

The new report demonstrates how clinical performance continues to differ dramatically between hospitals regionally and nationally. This variation in care has a significant impact on health outcomes. For example, from 2014-2016, if all hospitals as a group performed similarly to hospitals receiving 5 stars as a group, on average 219,568 lives could potentially have been saved and 164,454 complications could potentially have been avoided. A 5-star rating indicates that Sacred Heart Hospital's clinical outcomes are statistically significantly better than expected when treating the condition or performing the procedure being evaluated.

"We are extremely proud to again receive Healthgrades' five-star rating for gallbladder removal surgery," said Jeff English, President of St. Mary's Sacred Heart Hospital. "It takes vision, sustained effort, and tremendous commitment to achieve a five-star rating for four years in a row. I am thankful to our medical staff, surgical staff, and our entire team for making this possible."

St. Mary's Sacred Heart Hospital also received Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award earlier this year. The hospital has achieved the patient safety award three years in a row (2015-2017) and has been named among the top 5 percent of U.S. hospitals for patient safety for two years in a row (2016-2017).

“In an environment where consumers have more choices about where to receive their care, a hospital’s commitment to achieving high-quality outcomes is fundamental,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades. “Because consumers place such value on this information, hospitals that achieve five stars for gallbladder removal surgery stand out in their marketplace.”

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 34 common conditions and procedures. 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 2018 Report to the Nation and detailed study methodology, can be found at Statistics are based on Healthgrades analysis of MedPAR data for years 2014 through 2016 and represent three-year estimates for Medicare patients only.

About St. Mary's Sacred Heart Hospital

St. Mary’s Sacred Heart Hospital is a full-service, not-for-profit community hospital in Lavonia, Ga., that is part of St. Mary’s Health Care System and a member of Trinity Health. Sacred Heart Hospital is licensed for 56 beds and features inpatient and outpatient surgical services, emergency services, medical/surgical inpatient nursing care, critical care, a mother-baby unit, advanced diagnostics, rehabilitation services, sleep disorders center, wellness center, and an occupational health service. Learn more at

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