Healthgrades quality ratings tell you how well patients fared during their hospital stay in terms of mortality, complications, and other quality measures. Healthgrades objectively measures hospital quality based on the number of patients who experienced complications or died as a result of their procedure or treatment.
Healthgrades designates hospitals with 5-stars (better than expected), 3-stars (as expected), or 1-star (worse than expected) based on their performance in specific conditions and procedures. Your risk of complications and death from your treatment can be significantly lower at hospitals with a 5-star rating for the specific treatment.
* A hospital may not be rated for a procedure or condition when the hospital saw too few patients or when the hospital is in a state that does not publicly provide patient outcome data.