East Texas Hospital Earns Clinical Excellence Award

Woodland Heights Medical Center in Lufkin has received one of the highest honors a hospital can get. The hospital has been given the 2006 Distinguished Hospital Award for clinical excellence.

Woodland Heights was rated in the top five percent in the nation in terms of mortality and complication rates. Patients treated at Distinguished Hospitals are 27 percent less likely to face mortality and 14 percent less likely to suffer from a major complication.

Todd Van Fossen, senior consultant for HealthGrades, said, "When we're looking at hospitals, we're looking to define those that have the best survival rates and the lowest complication rates across major procedures and diagnosis; such as knee replacement, heart attack, stroke, pneumonia."

The Distinguished Hospital study looks at tens of millions of hospitalization records covering the years 2002, 2003, and 2004.