December 15, 2020
Cheyenne, WY—Cheyenne Regional Medical Center is one of “America’s 100 Best Hospitals” for General Surgery and Coronary Intervention for 2021, according to research recently released by Healthgrades, an online independent hospital and physician quality and safety ratings organization.
“As part of our mission to inspire great health, we’ve made a commitment to our patients, community, employees and providers that our hospital and health system will make quality care a top priority,” said Tim Thornell, CRMC’s chief executive officer and president. “Being recognized as a top 100 hospital for general surgery and coronary intervention, in addition to being named a Healthgrades top 250 hospital for the past two years, is validation of just how focused our employees and providers are on providing the highest level of care to our patients and community, and I want to thank them and congratulate them for these exceptional achievements.”
Patients treated at hospitals receiving “America’s 100 Best Hospitals for General Surgery” award have, on average, a 28.6 percent lower risk of experiencing a complication or dying while in the hospital than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the award, according to Healthgrades.
Healthgrades also reported that patients treated at hospitals receiving “America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Coronary Intervention” award have, on average, a 46.5 percent lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the award.
“Being one of America’s top 100 hospitals for general surgery and coronary intervention and also receiving 11 top five-star clinical quality ratings from Healthgrades demonstrates the emphasis that our employees and providers place on providing quality care across our many areas of service,” said Dr. Jeffrey Chapman, CRMC’s chief medical officer. “It’s a wonderful achievement, and one that our employees and providers can be extremely proud of.”
According to the Healthgrades analysis, CRMC is also among the:
- Top 5 percent in the nation for overall pulmonary services for three years in a row (2019-2021)
- Top 5 percent in the nation for general surgery for two years in a row (2020-2021)
- Top 5 percent in the nation for cardiology services in 2021
- Top 10 percent in the nation for overall pulmonary services for five years in a row (2017-2021)
- Top 10 percent in the nation for cardiology services, stroke treatment and general surgery for three years in a row (2019-2021)
- Top 10 percent in the nation for coronary interventional procedures in 2021
As a result of its quality achievements, Healthgrades has recognized CRMC with the following specialty quality awards for 2021:
- Pulmonary Care Excellence Award™ for five years in a row (2017-2021)
- Stroke Care Excellence Award™ for three years in a row (2019-2021)
- General Surgery Excellence Award™ for three years in a row (2019-2021)
- Coronary Intervention Excellence Award™ for 2021
These Healthgrades recognitions make CRMC one of the nation’s top-performing hospitals for clinical quality related to cardiology, general surgery, pulmonary care and stroke treatment.
In addition, CRMC received 11 five-star clinical quality ratings from Healthgrades. A five-star rating indicates that clinical outcomes are significantly better than expected when treating the condition or conducting the procedure being evaluated.
CRMC received five-star ratings for:
- Treatment of Heart Failure for seven years in a row (2015-2021)
- Treatment of Heart Attack for three years in a row (2019-2021)
- Coronary Interventional Procedures for two years in a row (2020-2021)
- Treatment of Sepsis for 11 years in a row (2011-2021)
- Treatment of Respiratory Failure for nine years in a row (2013-2021)
- Esophageal/Stomach Surgeries for three years in a row (2019-2021)
- Treatment of Bowel Obstruction for two years in a row (2020-2021)
- Treatment of Stroke for four years in a row (2018-2021)
- Hip Fracture Treatment for three years in a row (2019-2021)
- Treatment of Pneumonia for 10 years in a row (2012-2021)
- Treatment of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease in 2021
The Healthgrades awards and achievements for CRMC were recently released online at
For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated the performance of nearly 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide, assessing clinical outcomes for 32 procedures and conditions. Data evaluated was from 2017-2019 and included a review of approximately 45 million Medicare patient claims records.
Healthgrades evaluates hospital quality for conditions and procedures based solely on clinical outcomes. No hospital can opt in or out of the analysis, and no hospital pays to be measured.
“As patients learn to navigate their health in light of COVID-19, it has never been more important for people to research and identify top-performing hospitals, and for hospitals to focus on continuous quality improvement so that quality of care information is transparent and easily accessible,” said Brad Bowman, MD, chief medical officer for Healthgrades. “We applaud those hospitals who are working around the clock to keep their communities safe and are doing all that they can to deliver the highest quality care.”