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Tuesday, July 28, 2020 - U.S. News & World Report recognizes STHS for lung and heart care

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By STHS Communication Department

COVINGTON – U.S. News & World Report named St. Tammany Health System high performing for 2020-21 in care of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and congestive heart failure (CHF).

The annual ratings, now in their sixth year, assist patients and physicians to make informed decisions about best places for care of conditions and procedures. These ratings extend the mission of U.S. News & World Report, providing consumers with patient decision support beyond the Best Hospitals rankings, which are geared toward complex specialty care.

St. Tammany Health System earned “High Performing” ratings for COPD and CHF in recognition of care that was significantly better than the national average, as measured by factors such as patient outcomes. “High Performing” is the highest rating U.S. News awards for those types of care. For the 2020-21 ratings, U.S. News evaluated more than 4,500 medical centers nationwide in nine procedures and conditions. Less than one third of hospitals received high-performing ratings.

"For more than 30 years, U.S. News has strived to make hospital quality more transparent to healthcare consumers nationwide,” said Ben Harder, managing editor and chief of health analysis at U.S. News. “By providing the most comprehensive data available on nearly every hospital across the United States, we give patients, families and physicians information to support their search for the best care across a range of procedures, conditions and specialties.”

The U.S. News procedures and conditions methodology is based entirely on objective measures of quality such as risk-adjusted outcome rates, volume, quality of nursing and other care-related indicators. The ratings were produced by U.S. News analysts. For more information about the 2019-20 rankings and ratings, please visit the FAQ. The rankings will be published in the U.S. News “Best Hospitals 2020” guidebook (ISBN 9781931469937), available for pre-order now from the U.S. News Online Store and for purchase at other bookstores in mid-September.

For more information, visit St. Tammany Health System’s publicly reported results at https://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals/area/la/st-tammany-parish-hospital-6720185.

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ABOUT STPH: St. Tammany Health System is the heartbeat of its community, caring for patients and families with excellence, compassion and teamwork; it will strengthen the health of its community with compassion, innovation and partnership and is recognized for quality, safety and the patient experience by CareChex, Leapfrog, Healthgrades, Hospital Compare, Women’s Choice and US News & World Report. St. Tammany Parish Hospital Service District No. 1 is an independent service district in a clinically integrated partnership with Ochsner Health. Together, the two organizations focus on aligning their healthcare offerings to best serve patients and families in west St. Tammany and surrounding areas. Under their agreement, each retains its autonomy; neither manages nor owns the other. Self-supporting, not-for-profit STHS receives no tax funding. More at stph.org.

ABOUT USN&WR: U.S. News & World Report is the global leader in quality rankings that empower people to make better, more informed decisions about important issues affecting their lives. A digital news and information company focused on Education, Health, Money, Travel, Cars and Civic, USNews.com provides consumer advice, rankings and analysis to serve people making complex decisions throughout all stages of life. More than 40 million people visit USNews.com each month for research and guidance. Founded in 1933, U.S. News is headquartered in Washington, D.C.