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 Saint Francis Hospital is among the top 10% in the nation in gastrointestinal (GI) care and in the top 5% for gastrointestinal surgery, according to an annual study released by HealthGrades, a leading independent healthcare ratings organization. The HealthGrades study analyzes tens of millions of patients’ outcomes – specifically, mortality and complication rates – at the nation’s 5,000 hospitals.

“Our HealthGrades rankings complement the numerous awards and distinctions that Saint Francis Hospital has received this year, namely Magnet designation for excellence in patient care and the Beacon Award for critical care excellence,” says Jeff Murphy, Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer. “Beyond the brick and mortar, Saint Francis Hospital is a nationally ranked, high-quality hospital where patients can expect excellent care in a caring and compassionate setting.”

Saint Francis Hospital also received 5-star ratings in the following specialties: Heart Failure, Stroke, GI  Surgeries and Procedures, and Cholecystectomy.

The new 2011 HealthGrades hospital ratings are posted and are free to the public, at www.healthgrades.com.