Hospital Round-Up August

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Hospital Round-Up August

Exciting news from Southern California hospitals

By Elizabeth Hanink, RN, BSN, PHN
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The name change is slight — from St. Joseph Health System to St. Joseph Health — but to the people involved, it heralds a significant change in course.

Healing Ministry
“We believe that this new name embraces the spirit of our new networks of care, which focus not just on hospitals, but on the broader delivery of healthcare through our medical groups, outpatient services and other healthcare programs,” said Deborah Proctor, president and CEO of St. Joseph Health. “The new name focuses on what is truly important and unites all of our entities —  the overall health of our communities.”According to Proctor, the mission of St. Joseph Health remains the same at its heart: to offer the healing ministry, from a Christian perspective, to the entire community. The organization actually began its current transformation a few years ago, when it changed to a model of care that embraces illness and wellness.

The roots of St. Joseph Health go back more than 100 years to 1902, when a few women from the Sisters of St. Joseph founded a hospital in Eureka, Calif. Today, St. Joseph Health is a $4.2 billion enterprise with 19,672 employees and 3,753 licensed beds, offering care in three states. Last year, the St. Joseph Health staff cared for 138,000 inpatients and 3.5 million outpatients. Here in Southern California, St. Joseph Health includes Mission Hospital in Laguna Beach and Mission Viejo, St. Joseph Hospital of Orange, St. Jude Hospital in Fullerton and St. Mary in Apple Valley.

St. John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, Hoag Memorial in Newport Beach and Huntington Memorial in Pasadena were named to HealthGrades’ first list of America’s top 10 hospitals. The Huntington Hospital in Pasadena is the legacy of railroad tycoon Henry Huntington. His name is virtually synonymous with Southern California, from the Huntington Museum to the Huntington Ritz-Carlton Hotel to Huntington Beach. The rankings were based on a review of 150 million Medicare admissions, in which the hospitals were required to score in the top 5 percent in each of 26 categories for four consecutive years. Congratulations!

The following hospitals all recently received Emergency Medicine Excellence Awards from HealthGrades. The awards recognize the nation’s top-performing hospitals for emergency care, based on an analysis of more than seven million Medicare patient records from 2008 to 2010.

• Alhambra Hospital Medical Center
• Beverly Hospital
• Centinela Hospital Medical Center
• Encino Hospital Medical Center
• Garden Grove Medical Center
• Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills
• Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital
• Saddleback Memorial Medical Center
• Sherman Oaks Hospital
• West Anaheim Medical Center
• White Memorial Medical Center.


Providence Health Systems gained national recognition for its high quality of care and patient safety efforts. The Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals Program’s Health System Benchmarks ranked Providence among the top 20 percent of the best-performing health systems in the country. Locally, Providence includes Providence Holy Cross, Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance and San Pedro, St. Joseph in Burbank and Providence Tarzana Medical Center.  

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