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Flagler Hospital Achieves Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence


February 1, 2017 | View PDF

Healthgrades last week presented its 2017 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence to 258 hospitals out of 4,500 nationwide, recognizing facilities for performing in the top 5 percent based on clinical outcomes for dozens of common procedures and conditions. Flagler Hospital was one of only four hospitals in Florida to receive the award. The hospital was also named a Top 100 hospital for General Surgery, Joint Replacements and Orthopedic Surgery.

"Delivering safe, high quality care is our top priority at Flagler Hospital," stated President and CEO Joe Gordy. "This recognition by Healthgrades reflects our commitment and ongoing investments in training, technology and evidence-based practice to achieve the best possible outcomes for every patient. Our board, our physician partners and our staff truly care for our patients, our hospital and our community and this has been affirmed by our Healthgrades performance


The 2017 recipients of the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ stand out among the rest for overall clinical excellence across a broad spectrum of care. During the study period (2013-2015), these hospitals showed superior performance in clinical outcomes for patients in the Medicare population across at least 21 of 32 of the most common inpatient conditions and procedures -as measured by objective clinical outcomes performance data (risk-adjusted mortality and in-hospital complications). Patients treated at a hospital that achieved the Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence Award had, on average, a 25% lower risk of dying from a stroke than if treated at a hospital that did not achieve this distinction.

"We commend hospitals that have achieved Healthgrades 2017 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence for demonstrating an unwavering commitment to high quality care for their patients," said Brad Bowman, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades.

To learn more about how Healthgrades determines Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ recipients, please visit

About Flagler Hospital

Some Flagler Hospital employees gathered to celebrate this year's award when it was announced by Healthgrades

Flagler Hospital is a 335 bed, acute care hospital that has consistently ranked among the top hospitals in the nation by leading ratings agencies. The hospital has operated as a not-for-profit healthcare institution in St. Augustine, Florida since its founding in 1889. Today, Flagler Hospital is part of Coastal Community Health, a regional affiliation between Baptist Health, Flagler Hospital and Southeast Georgia Health System - a highly integrated hospital network focused on enhancing the quality and value of care provided to our contiguous communities. Flagler Hospital's commitment to quality has resulted in numerous national accreditations including, designation as a Primary Stroke Care Center, ANCC Magnet Status for Nursing Excellence, national accreditation for its total hip and total knee replacement programs and accreditation of its Cancer Institute by the Commission on Cancer. To learn more about all of the hospital's services log on to


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