Cheyenne Regional Medical Center Named One of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for General Surgery

November 4, 2019

Cheyenne, WY—Cheyenne Regional Medical Center is one of “America’s 100 Best Hospitals for General Surgery,” according to Healthgrades, an online independent hospital and physician quality and safety ratings organization.

This achievement was included in the Healthgrades 2020 analysis of top-performing hospitals that was released in October 2019.

“This top 100 award is the result of a hospital-wide focus on quality care and service from our surgeons and their teams, our overall surgical services and also the providers and employees who care for our patients once they are out of surgery,” said Tim Thornell, CEO and President of the Cheyenne Regional Health System. “It’s an honor for Cheyenne Regional Medical Center to be recognized in this way, and I want to commend and thank everyone in our hospital for ensuring our surgical and post-surgical care standards are among the very best in the nation.”

Patients treated at hospitals receiving America’s 100 Best Hospitals for General Surgery Award have, on average, a 29 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.

“As consumers navigate their health, it is important to consider a number of factors, including hospital quality, before deciding where to access care,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer of Healthgrades. “America’s 100 Best Hospitals for General Surgery recognizes those hospitals that have proven their dedication to quality care and exceptional outcomes over time, and we applaud their efforts and achievement.”

According to the Healthgrades analysis, CRMC is also among the:

  • Top 5 percent of hospitals in the nation for overall pulmonary services for two years in a row (2019-2020) and for general surgery for 2020
  • Top 10 percent of hospitals in the nation for overall pulmonary services for four years in a row (2017-2020)
  • Top 10 percent of hospitals in the nation for cardiology services, stroke treatment, overall gastrointestinal services and general surgery for two years in a row (2019-2020)

As a result of its quality achievements, Healthgrades has recognized CRMC with the following specialty quality awards for 2020:

  • Pulmonary Care Excellence Award™ for 4 Years in a Row (2017-2020)
  • Stroke Care Excellence Award™ for 2 Years in a Row (2019-2020)
  • Gastrointestinal Care Excellence Award™ for 2 Years in a Row (2019-2020)
  • General Surgery Excellence Award™ for 2 Years in a Row (2019-2020)

These Healthgrades recognitions make CRMC one of the top-performing hospitals for clinical quality related to cardiology, gastrointestinal, general surgery, pulmonary and stroke services in Wyoming.

In addition, CRMC received 13 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:

Cardiac treatment

  • Coronary Interventional Procedures in 2020
  • Treatment of Heart Attack for 2 Years in a Row (2019-2020)
  • Treatment of Heart Failure for 6 Years in a Row (2015-2020)

Gastrointestinal treatment

  • Treatment of Bowel Obstruction in 2020
  • Treatment of Pancreatitis in 2020
  • Esophageal/Stomach Surgeries for 2 Years in a Row (2019-2020)
  • Colorectal Surgeries for 4 Years in a Row (2017-2020)

Pulmonary treatment

  • Treatment of Pneumonia for 9 Years in a Row (2012-2020)


  • Treatment of Stroke for 3 Years in a Row (2018-2020)

Critical Care

  • Treatment of Pulmonary Embolism for 2 Years in a Row (2019-2020)
  • Treatment of Respiratory Failure for 8 Years in a Row (2013-2020)
  • Treatment of Sepsis for 10 Years in a Row (2011-2020)


  • Hip Fracture Treatment for 2 Years in a Row (2019-2020)

These achievements were recently released online at

For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated the performance of nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide, assessing clinical outcomes across 32 procedures and conditions. Data evaluated was from 2016-2018 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.

Healthgrades also measures hospital performance for the most common in-hospital procedures and conditions and adjusts for risk factors that influence patient outcomes. These factors may include age, gender, specific procedure performed and conditions that take into account how sick patients are upon admission.

“Undergoing this kind of rigorous, independent analysis shows that our hospital and  health system are committed to achieving excellent clinical outcomes for our patients,” said Jeffrey Chapman, MD, Cheyenne Regional’s Chief Medical Officer. “We have also made a commitment of combining a quality focus with providing a compassionate, caring and service-oriented experience for our patients. This dual focus supports our mission, which is to inspire great health in our community and care for patients as if they were part of our family.”