Penrose-St. Francis Health Services just received an award as one of the top 5 percent of hospitals in the nation as measured by lowest risk-adjusted mortality or complications, according to Healthgrades, an online company that rates hospitals nationwide.

Penrose was in the top 5 percent for overall orthopedic services for the past four years, for stroke treatments for two years in a row, overall pulmonary services for four years and for general surgery for 2016, according to a press release from the hospital.

Each year, Healthgrades evaluates hospital performances at more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 33 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions. While hospitals do not pay to be ranked, they must pay to advertise using the HealthGrades logo and brand.

“The pursuit of excellence is relentless at Penrose-St. Francis and the distinction of being placed in the top five percent by Healthgrades is further proof to consumers that we set the standard for world-class health care,” said Margaret Sabin, president and CEO of Penrose-St. Francis Health Services. “Consumers demand improved health outcomes, increased service and convenience, in addition to lower health care costs. As we continue to move upstream to manage health, we will strategize to reduce health care costs, while optimizing health care value, for the communities we serve.”

The hospital’s 5-star rating indicates that Penrose-St. Francis’s clinical outcomes are better than expected when treating the condition or conducting the procedure being evaluated.

Other awards from Healthgrades:

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Five-Star recipient for treatment of heart attack for five years (2012-2016)
Five-Star recipient for treatment of heart failure for 14 years (2003-2016)
Recipient of the Orthopedic Surgery Excellence Award for four years (2013-2016)
Recipient of the Joint Replacement Excellence Award for six years (2011-2016)
Recipient of the Stroke Care Excellence Award for two years (2015-2016)
Recipient of the  Pulmonary Care Excellence Award for 12 years (2005-2016)
Recipient of the  2016 Gastrointestinal Care Excellence Award
Recipient of the 2016 General Surgery Excellence Award.

Penrose St. Francis is also a recipient of the Healthgrades Women’s Health Excellence Award for seven years in a row.

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