McLeod Receives National Honors from Leading Healthcare Organization


McLeod physicians, staff and teams have received 23 top honors for 2013 and 2014 from Healthgrades®, the nation’s leading healthcare rating organization. These distinctions, driven by the analysis of data, are based on quality outcomes and superior performance.

McLeod Regional Medical Center recently received the 2014 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellencefrom Healthgrades. This distinction places McLeod among the Top 5% of more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide for its clinical performance.

“Top-performing hospitals share a fierce commitment to continuously improving clinical quality. Despite the fact that every hospital aims to provide the highest quality care to every patient, only some manage to achieve superior performance. McLeod stands out by exhibiting comprehensive quality care across multiple clinical specialties,” said Conor Tuttle, Director of Quality Platforms with Healthgrades.

“I’m extremely proud of the medical staff and the medical center for their accomplishments in the improvement of quality,” said Dr. Andrew Rhea, Chief of the McLeod Medical Staff.

Marie Segars, Administrator of McLeod Regional Medical Center, stated, “We are pleased to receive this recognition based on the leadership of our physicians and the work of the McLeod staff who are actively seeking ways to improve quality for the patients we serve.”

McLeod has also been honored with the Healthgrades Outstanding Patient Experience Award™, for 5 years in a row. This distinction ranks McLeod among the Top 10% in the Nation in providing outstanding performance in the delivery of a positive experience for patients during their hospital stay.

“This recognition is evidence of the dedication and hard work performed daily by our physicians and staff in creating a culture of safety and quality,” said Rob Colones, President of McLeod Health. “We are honored that our efforts have resulted in McLeod receiving these distinctions, but more importantly, we want to continue to pursue excellence in quality care for the benefit of our patients.”

For its 2014 study, American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2014: Healthgrades Report to the Nation, Healthgrades evaluated nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 31 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions and identified the 100 best hospitals within each procedure. McLeod was further recognized as one of Healthgrades:

America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Care

America‘s 100 Best Hospitals for General Surgery

America‘s 100 Best Hospitals for Spine Surgery

In addition, McLeod was honored as a recipient of Healthgrades Vascular Surgery Excellence Award. McLeod has received this honor for 5 years in a row (2010 to 2014) and has been ranked among the Top 5% in the Nation in Vascular Surgery for 2 years in a row (2013, 2014).

"McLeod has been honored nationally for its quality programs by a number of healthcare organizations," explained Donna Isgett, Senior Vice President of Quality and Safety. "We compare ourselves to the nation’s best in receiving measurable results and continuously strive to improve everything that relates to the care of the patient."


About McLeod Health

Recognized nationally for its quality initiatives and methodology, McLeod Health has a leading regional presence in Northeastern South Carolina and Southeastern North Carolina and a reputation for dedication to its patients and their families. McLeod is constantly seeking to improve its patient care with efforts that are physician led, data-driven and evidence-based. The 15-county area McLeod serves has a population of more than one million including those who live in Southeastern North Carolina.

Founded in 1906, McLeod Health is a locally owned and managed, non-profit organization supported by the strength of nearly 650 members on the medical staff and more than 1,100 full time nurses. In addition to its modern facilities, premier technology and equipment, McLeod is dedicated to improving the health of the residents of those communities it serves. McLeod Health is composed of more than 6,300 full time employees and over 50 physician practices in nine counties. With five hospitals, McLeod Health also operates a Health and Fitness Center, Sports Medicine and Outpatient Rehabilitation Center, a Behavioral Health Center, Hospice, and Home Health Services. The hospitals within McLeod Health include: McLeod Regional Medical Center, McLeod Darlington, McLeod Dillon, McLeod Loris and McLeod Seacoast.

About Healthgrades

The leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals, Healthgrades evaluates hospitals solely on clinical outcomes and incorporates information on patients who die in the hospital and in-hospital complications. For data, it uses 40 million Medicare hospital discharges from the most recent 3-year period. It examines 30 common procedures and conditions, adjusting its data for each patient’s age, gender and medical condition.