Cypress Fairbanks Positive Patient Outcomes, Superior Services Cited in Quality Study 
Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital 
Friday, 16 November 2007 

Top national and state rankings recognize excellence for several service lines

Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital has received numerous five-star ratings as well as top national and state rankings for clinical excellence in numerous service lines, according to the Tenth Annual HealthGrades Hospital Quality in America Study. The hospital is ranked among the top five percent in the nation for overall pulmonary services, and among the top five in Texas for overall critical care and top 10 statewide for overall bariatric surgery. Five-star ratings also were awarded for maternity care and the treatment of stroke and heart failure. The study analyzed patient outcomes at virtually all of the nation’s 5,000 hospitals from 2004 through 2006. HealthGrades is a leading health care ratings company in the United States.

“Our ongoing focus on quality is recognized in these rankings and places us among the elite hospitals in the nation,” says Terry Wheeler, chief executive officer of Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital. “It is a testament to the teamwork of our physicians, nurses and staff that has earned these honors. To have an independent study validate these efforts is extremely gratifying.”

Additional accolades awarded to the hospital include:

  • Recipient of the HealthGrades Pulmonary Care Excellence Award™ (four years in a row)
  • Ranking among the top 10 percent in the nation for overall pulmonary services (four years in a row)
  • Ranking among the top 10 in Texas for pulmonary services
  • Five-star rating for treatment of pancreatitis and overall bariatric surgery
  • Five-star rating for three consecutive years for sepsis and respiratory failure
  • Five-star rating for four consecutive years for overall pulmonary services and treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Five-star rating for five consecutive years for treatment of community acquired pneumonia
  • The highest possible star ratings for treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, community acquired pneumonia, and sepsis

The study identifies key trends in the quality of care provided at hospitals nationwide. HealthGrades researchers analyzed approximately 40 million Medicare discharges to calculate risk-adjusted mortality and complication rates. No hospital can opt in or out of being rated by HealthGrades.

“Our research shows that while the overall quality of hospital care in America is improving, the gap between the best-performing hospitals and the worst persists,” says Samantha Collier, M.D., HealthGrades’ chief medical officer and author of the study. “This persistent gap makes it imperative that anyone planning to be admitted to a hospital do their homework and seek out highly rated facilities.”

The 2008 HealthGrades ratings for all hospitals nationwide are available, free of charge, on the organization’s Web site, located at More than three million individuals and employees of some of the nation’s largest employers and health plans visit HealthGrades each month to access quality information about hospitals, nursing homes and physicians. HealthGrades also provides consumers and payers with detailed assessments of hospitals’ patient-safety outcomes, based on indicators developed by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.