DENVER, Colo., Nov. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- HealthGrades, the leading provider of information to help consumers make an informed decision about a physician or hospital, today made available to organ transplant patients a list of those hospitals with the best track record for survival and chances of receiving a donor organ. HealthGrades annual evaluation of the nation's top-performing hospitals in organ transplantation includes clinical quality data, based on patient outcomes, for each of the 263 adult and pediatric acute care hospitals that perform transplants. This information is available, free to the public, at HealthGrades.com and is intended to help patients in need of kidney, lung, heart or liver transplants.
"More than 112,000 patients are on a waiting list for an organ transplant in the U.S. and it is imperative that patients have a resource to compare patient outcomes and other criteria at programs across the country," said HealthGrades' Vice President of Hospital Ratings Kristin Reed. "HealthGrades' hospital ratings are based on objective patient outcomes, empowering patients to choose a program that gives them the best chance at survival."
The following data is displayed on HealthGrades.com and was calculated by the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR) for all adult and pediatric acute care hospitals in the U.S. with transplant programs:
One and three-year risk-adjusted patient survival;
One and three-year risk-adjusted graft survival;
The rate at which waitlisted patients receive transplants; and
Read on to see health grade results: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/nations-top-hospital-organ-transplant-centers-identified-by-healthgrades-2011-11-15