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Grand Strand Regional Medical Center Ranked #1 in South Carolina for Cardiac Surgery for Four Consecutive Years

November 02, 2012

Identified by Healthgrades as Among the Top Hospitals Nationally for Excellence in Cardiac Surgery Clinical Outcomes

Myrtle Beach, SC - Grand Strand Regional Medical Center’s cardiac surgery program has been ranked #1 in SC for the fourth consecutive year and among the top 5% in the nation for cardiac surgery for four consecutive years (2010-2013) by Healthgrades, the leading provider of information to help consumers make an informed decision about a physician or hospital. The findings are part of American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2013: Healthgrades Report to the Nation, which evaluates the performance of approximately 4,500 hospitals nationwide across nearly 30 of the most common conditions and procedures.

Patient outcomes are important to consumers making choices today about hospitals. According to new research conducted by Harris Interactive for Healthgrades, 86% of Americans in 27 top designated market areas agree they would be more likely to choose—or not choose—a hospital if they could learn ahead of time the mortality rates for a certain procedure.

Other Healthgrades recognitions for Grand Strand Regional include:

America's Best 100 Hospitals

  • One of Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery™ for 2 Years in a Row (2012-2013)


  • Recipient of the Healthgrades Cardiac Surgery Excellence Award™ for 4 Years in a Row (2010-2013)
  • Ranked Among the Top 5% in the Nation for Cardiac Surgery for 4 Years in a Row (2010-2013)
  • Ranked #1 in SC for Cardiac Surgery for 4 Years in a Row (2010-2013)
  • Ranked Among the Top 5 in SC for Cardiac Surgery for 11 Years in a Row (2003-2013) (Ranked 1 in 2013)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Cardiac Surgery for 4 Years in a Row (2010-2013)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Coronary Bypass Surgery for 4 Years in a Row (2010-2013)

“This achievement speaks to the quality of our hospital team - physicians, nurses and ancillary staff from all departments, said Doug White, Grand Strand Regional chief executive officer. “We treat thousands of cardiac patients annually, both residents and visitors, and the Healthgrades #1 ranking for cardiac surgery validates the quality of the heart program for this region.”

The Grand Strand Regional heart program includes two cardiac surgeons, two cardiac anesthesiologists and 13 cardiologists. The hospital opened The Heart Center in 2011, a three story facility which consolidates heart services. Facilities includes three cardiac catheterization laboratories, a dedicated electrophysiology laboratory, two state of the art cardiac surgery operating rooms, a cardiovascular intensive care unit, coronary intensive care unit, progressive care unit and telemetry beds. The hospital added a heart murmur clinic and lung cancer program in 2011.

According to the Healthgrades study, the risk of death is 58% lower at hospitals receiving 5 stars versus all other hospitals. The 2013 performance outcomes are now available free to the public at www.healthgrades.com.

For its 2013 hospital quality outcomes analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 40 million Medicare hospitalization records for services performed from 2009 through 2011 at approximately 4,500 short-term, acute care hospitals nationwide. Healthgrades independently measures hospitals based on 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).

The American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2013: Healthgrades Report to the Nation, including the complete methodology, can be found at www.healthgrades.com/quality.