Front:Darrylene Caraveo,Exec Asst.,Cynthia Noche,Dir. Cardiology,Cris Rivera,CEO,Nancy Reeder,VP Quality,Kathy Dassler,CNO;Back:David Irizarry,Asst. Admin,Matt Wolthoff,COO,Chuck Mallon,CFO,Sandra Martinez,Dir. of ICU,Claudia Irizarry,Stroke Coordinator

Rio Grande Regional Hospital (RGRH) is excited to announce that we have been recognized as One of Healthgrades America's 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Care™ in 2018, according to this year’s evaluation from Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. Every year, Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance at nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 34 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions.*

In addition to the Best Specialty recognition in Cardiac Care, Rio Grande Regional Hospital was also the Recipient of the Healthgrades 2018 Cardiac Care Excellence Award™, Recipient of the Healthgrades 2018 Coronary Intervention Excellence Award™, Named Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Overall Cardiac Services in 2018, Named Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Cardiology Services in 2018, Named Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Coronary Interventional Procedures in 2018, Five-Star Recipient for Coronary Interventional Procedures in 2018, Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Heart Failure for 5 Years in a Row (2014-2018).

Rio Grande Regional Hospital also received recognition in Pulmonary Care as a Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease in 2018, in Gastrointestinal Care as a Five-Star Recipient for Colorectal Surgeries in 2018, and in Critical Care as a Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Sepsis in 2018.

These achievements are part of findings released today by Healthgrades and are featured in their 2018 Report to the Nation. The new report demonstrates how clinical performance continues to differ dramatically between hospitals regionally and nationally.  

“We are extremely proud and honored to have received these awards as it reflects our continuous commitment to clinical excellence,” said Cris Rivera, Chief Executive Officer at Rio Grande Regional Hospital.  Every day, everyone from our physicians, staff and volunteers work hard to ensure our patients receive quality care and the best clinical outcomes.”

“Consumers place high value on information about hospital quality and use it to evaluate their choices for care,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades. “Hospitals that have achieved recognition for their quality outcomes prove their commitment to their patients and their community at large.”

*For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 45 million Medicare inpatient records for nearly 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide to assess hospital performance in 32 common conditions and procedures, and evaluate outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 17 states. Healthgrades recognizes a hospital’s quality achievements for cohort-specific performance, specialty area performance, and overall clinical quality. Individual procedure or condition cohorts are designated as 5-star (statistically significantly better than expected), 3-star (not statistically different from expected) and 1-star (statistically significantly worse than expected) categories. The complete Healthgrades 2018 Report to the Nation and detailed study methodology, can be found at


Founded in 1982, Rio Grande Regional Hospital is a 320-bed, full service acute care medical facility serving the Rio Grande Valley.  With over 500 physicians representing over 35 specialties, Rio Grande Regional Hospital along with the Children’s Medical Center at Rio Grande Regional Hospital offer an array of comprehensive services including: full surgical and diagnostic capabilities; Intensive Care for Adults and Pediatric; Cardiac Care; Surgical Services; da Vinci Surgical Robot; Comprehensive Accredited Center in Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program; Rio Grande Surgery Center; Radiology; Women’s Services; Neonatal Care; Four Off-Site Women’s Clinics; Diabetes Management Center; Three Off-Site Satellite Laboratories; Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy; Advanced Level III Trauma Services; Two Off-Site Emergency Departments, and a Helicopter Landing Area to help expedite emergency care.  For more information, visit our website at

**Statistics are based on Healthgrades analysis of MedPAR data for years 2014 through 2016 and represent 3-year estimates for Medicare patients only.