Patients are spending less time at UCHealth Memorial Hospital and are more likely to remain healthy and avoid hospital readmission following surgeries to install stents to restore the flow of blood or other fluids.
Using 2016-2018 Medicare data, health care analytics firm Dexur put UCHealth Memorial Hospital Central among the best in the nation for length of stay, readmissions and shortest intensive care unit stays. In addition, CMS data has shown Memorial’s readmission rates for pneumonia are among the nation’s best.
“This data reflects the high quality of care delivered by providers and staff,” Dr. Jose Melendez, chief medical officer, said. “By keeping patient stays as short as possible, we are reducing overall health care costs as well as getting patients to the place where they often recover best – their homes.”
A stent is a tiny tube that a surgeon inserts into a blocked passageway to keep it open. The stent restores the flow of blood or other fluids, depending on where it’s placed. In emergencies, stents are used to keep coronary arteries open. In addition to blood vessels and arteries, stints are used in bile ducts, lungs, and in ureters that carry urine from kidneys to the bladder.
Dexur ranked Memorial Hospital Central in the top 100 in the U.S. for shortest length of stay and shortest stay in the intensive care unit and in the top 50 for lowest readmissions. Other UCHealth hospitals included in the top rankings include UCHealth Poudre Valley Hospital and UCHealth Medical Center of the Rockies. See the analysis.
Recently, two local media members shared their experiences in receiving stints at Memorial Hospital. See their stories: