CarolinaEast Medical Center Named America’s 50 Best for Cardiac Surgery

CarolinaEast Health System

The Healthgrades Study of Patient Outcomes in Nearly 4,500 Hospitals Finds CarolinaEast Medical Center among the Best Nationally

CarolinaEast Medical Center is pleased to announce it has been recognized by Healthgrades as one of America’s 50 Best™ Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery. This is the second consecutive year CarolinaEast Medical Center has been recognized by Healthgrades as one of America’s 50 Best™ Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery.

Healthgrades, a leading online resource helping consumers make informed decisions in order to find the right doctor, the right hospital, and the right care, evaluated nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 33 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions and identified the 50 best-performing hospitals across all conditions or procedures within this service line.

The achievement is part of findings released recently online and in the Healthgrades 2016 Report to the Nation. The new report demonstrates how clinical performance can differ dramatically between hospitals both nationally and regionally.  A 5-star rating indicates that CarolinaEast Medical Center’s clinical outcomes are statistically significantly better than expected when conducting cardiac surgery.

“We are indeed proud of this and the many other quality achievement awards we have received,” stated Ray Leggett, President and Chief Executive Officer of CarolinaEast Health System. “We have worked hard to create a culture of absolute quality. This recognition is confirmation that we are achieving our goals,” he added.

For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 40 million Medicare inpatient records for nearly 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide, and assessed hospital performance relative to each of 33 common conditions and procedures. Healthgrades recognizes a hospital’s quality achievements for cohort-specific performance, specialty area performance, and overall clinical quality. Individual procedure or condition cohorts are designated as 5 star (statistically significantly better than expected), 3 star (not statistically different from expected), and 1 star (statistically significantly worse than expected) categories. The complete Healthgrades 2016 Report to the Nation with detailed cohort-specific outcomes data, hospital-specific quality achievements, and detailed study methodology, can be found at

Submitted by: Megan McGarvey, Director, Public Relations, CarolinaEast Health System