(November 10, 2011) - HealthGrades, the nation's most trusted,
independent source of physician information and hospital quality
outcomes, has named Memorial University Medical Center (MUMC) the
No. 1 hospital in Georgia for overall neuroscience services,
including stroke care and neurosurgery. In addition, MUMC was
ranked among the top 10 percent nationally for stroke care and
overall neuroscience services.
According to the report, patients in the Savannah Designated
Market Area® are increasingly seeking such quality information
online, with 99,515 area residents visiting HealthGrades.com in the
past year. And for good reason: Choosing a hospital can be a
"We go to great lengths to provide the best care to our
patients. Being recognized as the No. 1 hospital in Georgia for
overall neuroscience services is a tremendous honor and a tribute
to our hard-working team," said Maggie Gill, president and CEO of
"Patients today have a wide array of options when it comes to
choosing a healthcare provider," said Kerry Hicks, HealthGrades'
chief executive officer. "At HealthGrades, we are proud to have led
the way for empowering patient choice based on objective clinical
outcomes and access to actionable quality measures. We commend MUMC
for its superior quality and support of consumerism and
transparency in the Savannahmarket area."
HealthGrades found that patients treated at five-star-rated
hospitals experience a 73 percent lower risk of mortality and a 63
percent lower risk of complications. Memorial University Medical
Center achieved a five-star rating for neurosurgery, stroke care,
back and neck surgery, including spinal fusion, and overall spine
Key findings of the HealthGrades Healthcare Consumerism and
Hospital Quality in America report include:
• If all Medicare patients from 2008 through 2010 had been
treated at five-star hospitals, 240,040 lives could have
potentially been saved.
•In an online survey, 80 percent said they are very or somewhat
concerned about the quality of hospital care in their
•The Savannah market area rated three stars overall for stroke
care quality, while MUMC is five-star-rated in stroke care.
Memorial University Medical Center is a two-state healthcare
organization serving a 35-county area in southeast Georgia and
southern South Carolina. The system includes its flagship hospital,
a 530-bed academic medical center; Memorial primary
and specialty care physician networks; a major medical
education program; business and
industry services; and NurseOne,
a 24-hour call center. You can follow us at facebook.com/memorialhealth, twitter.com/mymemorial, and youtube.com/memorialhealth.