Penrose-St. Francis Health Services has received another accolade from Healthgrades, a Colorado-based company that compiles information about hospitals based on Medicare records and awards those who have the best outcomes.

The latest award for Penrose is a designation as America’s 100 best hospitals in orthopedic surgery and critical care.


The findings are part of the organization’s 2013 outcomes report, which evaluates 4,500 hospitals nationwide across 30 of the most common conditions and procedures.


“Penrose-St. Francis has been a vital part of this community for 125 years,” said Margaret Sabin, president and CEO of Penrose-St. Francis Health Services. “Until recently, consumers chose a hospital based on reputation or location. Tools such as this Healthgrades report now allow consumers to research and choose a hospital based on the quality of care that a hospital provides.”

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Penrose-St. Francis has been one of Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals for the past five consecutive years, with the 2013 list scheduled to be released in February.


Penrose-St. Francis is also ranked No. 1 in Colorado for Overall Orthopedic Services and Vascular Surgery.


“We’re especially proud of having the top Orthopedic Services Program in Colorado,” said Sabin. “We’re working very hard to become a destination Orthopedic Center of Excellence – not just for Colorado, but the entire nation – and this award tells me we’re well on our way to achieving that goal. Of course, this wouldn’t be possible without the outstanding care that our physicians and staff provide every day. ”


According to the Healthgrades study, the risk of death is 58 percent lower at hospitals receiving 5 stars versus all other hospitals. The 2013 performance outcomes are now available free to the public at


For its 2013 hospital quality outcomes analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 40 million Medicare hospitalization records for services performed from 2009 through 2011 at approximately 4,500 short-term, acute care hospitals nationwide. Healthgrades independently measures hospitals based on data that hospitals submit to the federal government. No hospital can opt in or out of being measured, and no hospital pays to be measured. Mortality and complication rates are risk adjusted, which takes into account each hospital’s unique population (demographics and severity of illness).