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St. Luke's Hospital: The only Missouri hospital to achieve the Healthgrades 2015 Women's Health Excellence Award

This is the seventh consecutive year that St. Luke's has received this award.

Chesterfield, Mo., June 16, 2015 - St. Luke's Hospital is the only Missouri hospital to achieve the Healthgrades® 2015 Women's Health Excellence Award™.

The recognition distinguishes St. Luke's as a top-performing hospital in women's health services, including cardiac care, vascular surgery, stroke care, respiratory services, orthopedic surgery and spine surgery.

This is the seventh consecutive year that St. Luke's has received this award (2009-2015).

"Improving the quality of life for all of our patients is our mission at St. Luke's Hospital," said Jan Hess, St. Luke's Hospital vice president and executive sponsor of St. Luke's Spirit of Women program. "And as St. Louis' exclusive Spirit of Women hospital, St. Luke's is committed to providing exceptional gender-sensitive healthcare."

Healthgrades is an independent healthcare ratings organization. Hospitals cannot opt out of its analysis, and no hospital pays to be evaluated. Its website, Healthgrades.com, offers comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.

To identify the 2015 Women's Health Excellence Award recipients, Healthgrades examined Medicare hospitalization records from 2011 through 2013 for female patients across the nation. The data is risk-adjusted, which takes into account differing levels of illness severity at different hospitals and allows for hospitals to be compared fairly.

"The identification and treatment of medical conditions for women is very different than diagnosing and treating men, therefore it is vitally important that women understand their risks and select a hospital accordingly," said Evan Marks, Healthgrades chief strategy officer. "The Healthgrades 2015 Women's Health Excellence Award recipients have demonstrated exceptional performance and a dedicated approach to delivering superior quality care for women."

In addition, St. Luke's is the only hospital in St. Louis to be named one of America's 50 Best Hospitals™ by Healthgrades for consistent patient care excellence since the inception of the list (2007-2015). This analysis recognizes St. Luke's among the top one percent of hospitals in the nation for clinical excellence based on survival and complication rates.

According to another 2015 Healthgrades report, St. Luke's is among the top 10 percent of hospitals in the nation for cardiac services (2012-2015), pulmonary services (2003-2015), neurosurgery (2012-2015) and gastrointestinal medical treatment (2010-2015), and St. Luke's is a recipient of the Healthgrades® Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2011-2015).

About St. Luke's Hospital
St. Luke's Hospital in Chesterfield, Mo. is a regional healthcare provider committed to improving the quality of life for patients and the community. The 493-bed, not-for-profit hospital offers care in over 60 specialty areas and serves the region from its network of more than 25 locations across the greater St. Louis area.

Megan Donovan, APR
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