Cy-Fair Receives Several HealthGrades Awards 
Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital 
Friday, 30 October 2009 

A study issued this month by HealthGrades, a leading independent healthcare ratings organization, finds that Cypress Fairbanks Hospital Medical Center is among the top 10 percent in the nation for pulmonary care. Cypress Fairbanks is recipient of the 2010 Pulmonary Care Excellence Award™ for the sixth year in a row.  The nation’s nearly 5,000 nonfederal hospitals were all included in the sweeping study, which examined mortality rates and complication rates from government data from 2006, 2007, and 2008.

As a result, Cypress Fairbanks is recognized for the following quality of care distinctions:   

·        Five-Star Rated for Overall Pulmonary Services for 6 years in a row

·        Five-Star Rated for the Treatment of Pneumonia for 7 years in a row

·        Five-Star Rated for the Treatment of Respiratory Failure for 5 years in a row

·        Five-Star Rated for the Treatment of Sepsis for 5 years in a row

·        Highest Possible Five-Star Ratings for the Treatment of Heart Failure for 2 years in a row

“Providing quality health care services is the top priority of each physician, nurse, and ancillary staff member at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital,” said Terry Wheeler, chief executive officer of the hospital in northwest Houston. “We have been dedicated to caring for our community for over 26 years, and we continue to stay focused on improving our patients’ outcomes every day. The quality designations from this study are further proof of our commitment to building a healthier community and to achieving clinical excellence throughout our hospital.”

The HealthGrades Twelfth Annual Hospital Quality in America Study™, the largest annual report of its kind, analyzed patient outcomes from nearly 40 million Medicare hospitalization records.

Top-performing hospitals had dramatically lower mortality rates than other hospitals, according to the study. For the 17 procedures and diagnoses for which HealthGrades analyzed mortality rates, patients at top hospitals had a 72 percent lower chance of dying when compared with the lowest-performing hospitals, and a 52 percent lower chance of dying when compared to the U.S. national average.

Previous awards this year include the 2009/2010 Maternity Care Excellence Award™, which put Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital in the top 10% in the nation for maternity care, and a five-star rating for bariatric surgery for the fourth consecutive year, among others.

For further details on Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital’s quality ratings, visit