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St. Mary's receives high ranking

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We've all tried to get good grades in school, but local doctors are also trying to make the grade. Healthgrades are given out to hospitals nationwide, and as Maria Valvanis explains, one hospital in the Mohawk Valley is at the head of the class.

AMSTERDAM, N.Y. -- Director of Surgical Services Theresa DeCarlo said, "It gives us a great sense of pride and accomplishment."

It's almost as good as getting straight As. Tuesday, hospital leaders at St. Mary's unveiled their 2013 health grades.

"You can look at healthgrades as kind of the Consumer Reports for health care. They scour hundreds of thousands of records across the country, and they do comparisons of how well hospitals provide safe care," said President and CEO Victor Giulianelli.

The new marks put St. Mary's in the top five percent nationally for overall pulmonary care.
The hospital also received five star ratings in its orthopedic, critical, and cardiac care.

Chief Nursing Officer Michele Walsh said, "This is an overwhelming amount of awards this year, and I think what it's showing is the consistency and care here over the years is continuing to improve."

The awards are a great reflection on the entire staff because it takes a team to build a village.

"That's from the housekeeper who cleans the rooms to help prevent infections to the physicians and the nurses all working together," said Walsh.

"Being a team you have the patient at the center, and then everybody's working around. Everybody's got their hands on the patient, and we're working together for the best outcome possible," said DeCarlo.

The studies were based on mortality and complication rates for 30 of the most common conditions treated. And even with the high scores, leaders at the Amsterdam hospital tell us, they'll still be working hard.

"Continuing to improve," said Giulianelli. "That's what it's all about. Every day getting better."

Because the study shows, you have a 75 percent lower risk of dying when treated at a five star hospital, then if treated at a one star hospital.

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