Lakeview Regional Medical Center is a recipient of this year’s Stroke Care Excellence Award™ by Healthgrades®, the leading provider of information to help consumers make an informed decision about a physician or hospital. The recognition places Lakeview Regional among the top 10 percent of hospitals in the nation for treatment of stroke, according to Healthgrades.

Lakeview Regional is also a 5-star recipient for treatment of stroke. A 5-star rating indicates Lakeview Regional’s clinical outcomes are statistically significantly better than expected when treating the condition or performing the procedure being evaluated.

Every year, Healthgrades® evaluates hospital performance at nearly 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide for 34 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions. For its 2017 report, Healthgrades® evaluated nearly 45 million patient records.

 “We are extremely pleased to receive this distinction by Healthgrades for our achievements as a top-performing hospital,” said Bret Kolman, Lakeview Regional Medical Center’s CEO. “This national-level recognition is a testament to the value our dedicated staff and physicians place on delivering compassionate care while providing the highest quality clinical outcomes.

“And an accolade specific to stroke care is especially meaningful, as it recognizes the collaboration that exists between the hospital emergency department, our EMS partners and dozens of physicians and staff. It’s truly a team effort.”

Lakeview Regional’s achievements are part of findings recently released in the Healthgrades 2017 Report to the Nation, which demonstrates how clinical care continues to differ dramatically between hospitals both nationally and regionally, and how this variation in care may have a significant impact on health outcomes.

Healthgrades® independently evaluates hospitals based on Medicare data that hospitals submit to the federal government. No hospital can opt in or out of being measured, and no hospital pays to be measured. Mortality and complication rates are risk adjusted, which takes into account each hospital’s unique population (demographics and severity of illness).