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Mayo Clinic receives high marks in state study

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The Mayo Clinic earned high marks in a statewide study released Tuesday by MN Community Measurement, which compared state data to national averages in five hospital-based health care quality measures.

Mayo Clinic Hospital in Rochester scored "significantly better" than the national average for treatment of heart attacks, heart failure, pneumonia and its readmission reduction program. It was the only hospital in Minnesota to rate that well with regard to heart attacks and heart failure, while also being the only facility to be included in more than one category.

"Mayo Clinic is honored to be recognized as the best hospital in Minnesota for treating heart attacks, heart failure and pneumonia and for our readmission rates," said Dr. Paula Santrach, chief quality officer at Mayo Clinic.

U.S. News & World Report called Mayo Clinic the top-rated health care facility in the country this fall, so the new designations came as little surprise within the health care world. However, it adds another layer of quantitative data to substantiate that No. 1 ranking. Mayo figures to fare just as well in January when MNCM releases seven additional hospital measures.

This week's data was compiled by looking at the death rates that occurred within 30 days following patient hospitalization for heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia. The national average for those three categories were 14.1 percent, 12.1 percent and 16.3 percent and Minnesota averaged 13.5 percent, 12.1 percent and 15.9 percent, respectively.


Mayo's Rochester hospital posted numbers of 11.6 percent, 9.4 percent and 12.3 percent, which are all the best in the state. The data has all been posted at MNCM's public reporting website of

Additionally, Mayo also scored well in the two remaining categories, which are composite scores that have been combined to analyze state and national results.

As in previous data points, Mayo Clinic Hospital "performed significantly better" than the statewide average for readmission ratio, which was already 3 percent lower than the national average. That category focused on how often patients were readmitted for the same condition within 30 days of being discharged.

Mayo Clinic Health System - Mankato also received exemplary marks in the readmission category.

The final category is the Emergency Department Transfer Communication, which tracks how quickly hospitals react to transferring patients. The study determined that 62 percent of emergency departments forwarded the required documentation to health care facilities within 60 minutes of the patients leaving the hospital.

Mayo Clinic Hospital in Rochester was not among the 13 who performed "significantly better" than the state average, but its facility in Cannon Falls made the cut. Essentia Health in Fosston was the top performing site, scoring 100 percent on the transfer rates.

"These measures are relevant for patients seeking health care and also have value for hospitals as they strive to improve their quality of care," said Jim Chase, MNCM President. "Hospitals have been submitting outcome data for years, and it's important to draw attention to what they are reporting and to put it into context for patients."

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