HealthGrades 2010 Results

HealthGrades 2010 Results

California hospitals claim top honors

By Christine Tarlecki
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The HealthGrades Seventh Annual Hospital Quality and Clinical Excellence study identifies hospitals in the top five percent nationally in terms of mortality and complication rates across 26 procedures and diagnoses. Hospitals achieving this level of care are designated as Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence ™ by HealthGrades and are identified on the organization's consumer website. Many hospitals excel in a given service line, but what differentiates these top hospitals is their quality achievement across a broad range of procedures and treatments.

Rick May, M.D., vice president with HealthGrades and one of the authors of the study, said, "Our data show that only a select few hospitals achieve high-quality patient outcomes, not just in a few categories of care, but across the board over time. Patients in communities with a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence award should feel proud of the hospital's accomplishments, and confident that the level of care there is among the very best in the nation."

The following Southern California hospitals are part of 21 California facilities that were recognized by HealthGrades with the Clinical Excellence award for the year 2010:

Glendale Memorial Hospital & Health Center; Good Samaritan Hospital; Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian; Huntington Memorial Hospital; Saddleback Memorial Medical Center (Laguna Hills), including Saddleback Memorial Medical Center (San Clemente); St. Johns Hospital and Health Center; St. Jude Medical Center; St. Vincent Medical Center; and Santa Monica–UCLA Medical Center.

"This is the eighth year in a row that Glendale Memorial has received this honor," said Mark Meyers, president. "And we are very proud to be consistently recognized for the high quality of our care. Our staff and physicians works hard to achieve this honor and to make sure our community has access to some of the best health care available in the country."

“This independent study of mortality and complication rates identifies an elite group of hospitals that are setting the benchmark for outstanding patient outcomes,” said May. “And what’s extraordinary is that these hospitals are not standing still. In fact, the data show that they are continuing to improve their patient outcomes at a faster rate, reflecting a commitment to quality that stands as a model for all other hospitals.”

Visit to learn more about the methodology and see a list of all 269 Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence.  

Christine Tarlecki is a freelance writer for Working Nurse.

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