McALLEN – Last week the McAllen Heart Hospital became the only hospital in the Rio Grande Valley to be recognized by Healthgrades as one of America's 50 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery and one of America's 100 Best Hospitals for Coronary Intervention and Cardiac care for 2017.

“This is a team effort,” CEO of McAllen Heart Hospital Dan Caldwell said. “I think recognition like this is important because it shows we are doing something right and making a difference.”

Caldwell continued by saying the goal of the McAllen Heart Hospital is to serve the community with solid evidence-based care.

According to a release by the hospital clinical performance continues to differ dramatically between hospitals nationally, regionally and at the local level and the impact that this variation may have on health outcomes.

An analysis by Healthgrades of MedPAR data from 2013-2015 in medicare patients only concluded if all hospitals as group performed similarly to hospitals receiving 5-stars as a group, on average 223,412 lives could potentially have been saved and 162,215 complications could have been avoided.

A five star rating indicates a hospital's clinical outcomes are statistically better than expected when treating the condition or performing the procedure being evaluated.

In total McAllen Heart Hospital received 14 recognitions from Healthgrades.

Between 2013 and 2015 patients treated at hospitals receiving the America's 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Care Award were 28 percent lower risk of dying than being treated at hospitals without the award.

Also between the same time frame hospitals receiving care from the America's 100 for coronary and America's 50 for cardiac surgery had a 45 percent and 47 percent lower risk of dying respectively than a hospital without the accolades.

Healthgrades also recognized McAllen Medical Center and Edinburg Regional Center as five-star recipients for for various obstetrical and gynecological measures. The hospitals were recognized for excellence in quality for vaginal delivery and c-section delivery.