Cheyenne Regional Medical Center Receives Healthgrades 2020 America’s 250 Best Hospitals Award™

February 11, 2020

CRMC recognized for being among the top 5 percent of U.S. hospitals for clinical outcomes for the second year in a row

Cheyenne, WY—Cheyenne Regional Medical Center officials today announced that CRMC has received the Healthgrades 2020 America’s 250 Best Hospitals Award™.

The distinction places CRMC in the top 5 percent of more than 4,500 hospitals assessed nationwide for its superior clinical performance as measured by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for helping consumers make informed choices about hospitals and physicians.

This is the second year in a row for CRMC to receive the top 250 hospital distinction. CRMC is the only hospital in Wyoming to receive this award for 2020.

“This past month has been an incredible one with today’s top 250 hospital announcement and also the news that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services gave our hospital a top five-star quality rating in January,” CRMC President and Chief Executive Officer Timothy Thornell said. “Taken together, these two prestigious recognitions are a validation of the exceptional care provided at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center, which is at the core of our mission of inspiring great health. On behalf of our leaders and trustees, I want to thank our workforce and providers for the outstanding care and service they provide to our community and region and congratulate them on these wonderful quality achievements.”

Every year Healthgrades analyzes three years of Medicare patient data to produce a detailed report on mortality and complication rates in America’s hospitals. For the 2020 report, approximately 45 million patient records were analyzed between 2016 and 2018, assessing hospital performance on 32 common conditions and procedures.

According to Healthgrades, the hospitals rated as being among the 250 best in America show superior performance in clinical outcomes for Medicare patients across at least 21 of 32 of the most common inpatient conditions and procedures, as measured by objective performance data that considered risk-adjusted mortality and in-hospital complications.

Patients treated in hospitals achieving this award had, on average, a 26.6 percent lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the award, as measured across 19 rated conditions and procedures for which mortality is the outcome.* If all hospitals performed similarly to those receiving this award, 161,930 lives could potentially have been saved.

“It is apparent that recipients of the Healthgrades America’s 250 Best Hospital Award are dedicated to providing quality care for their patients,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer for Healthgrades. “We congratulate the hospitals that received this award for their commitment to consistently providing top care and exceptional clinical outcomes for patients.”

Last fall CRMC was also recognized by Healthgrades for being one of America’s 100 best hospitals for general surgery, for being 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 and for being among the 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 well as for overall pulmonary services for four years in a row (2017-2020).

According to Healthgrades, patients are more likely to have a successful treatment without major complications, and have a lower chance of dying, at hospitals that are rated as one of America’s 250 best.

“This award is the result of evidence-based, quality care being provided to our patients,” CRMC Chief Medical Officer Jeffrey Chapman, MD, said. “I want to thank our physicians, nurses, clinical staff and our entire workforce for their service to our patients and for ensuring they receive exceptional care.”

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*Statistics are based on Healthgrades analysis of MedPAR data for years 2016 through 2018 and represent three-year estimates for Medicare patients only.