Top Hospitals Save Lives


Top Hospitals Save Lives

A patient treated at a 'Distinguished Hospital' is 27 percent less likely to die.

By Kristin Cassell
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For six consecutive years, HealthGrades has conducted the study called Hospital Quality and Clinical Excellence. Analyzing hospital performance, complication and mortality rates, HealthGrades establishes the annual top five percent of performers, deeming them Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence (DH-CE).

This year’s findings are staggering. A patient treated at a Distinguished Hospital is 27 percent less likely to die. HealthGrades explains, “171,424 lives may have been saved and 9,671 major complications avoided during the three years studied, had the quality of care at all hospitals matched the level of those in the top five percent.”

Not only are DH-CEs performing better at the national level, they are continually improving at greater strides than competitors. From 2004 to 2006, DH-CEs reduced risk-adjusted, in-hospital mortality by 15 percent, while other hospital reductions equaled only 11.4 percent. Similarly, complications were reduced by 2.4 percent for DH-CE hospitals and 0.3 percent for other hospitals.

HealthGrades targeted 4971 national hospitals in order to tabulate findings that make the quality of care received at varying hospitals glaringly apparent.

“HealthGrades acknowledges the tremendous commitment of the select group of hospitals that have achieved consistent, high-quality care, not just in one or two specialties, but across the board, from orthopedic surgery to cardiac care,” said Samantha Collier, MD, HealthGrades’ Chief Medical Officer. “However, the data in this year’s study clearly indicates that the gap between top-performing hospitals and others persists. This disparity in the quality of care at U.S. hospitals is disappointing. Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence have proven that consistently delivering top-notch medical care is possible and it is time for the rest to follow suit.”

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'Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence' in Arizona

Del E. Webb Memorial Hospital, Sun City West
Mayo Clinic Hospital, Phoenix AZ
Scottsdale Healthcare–Osborn, Scottsdale

'Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence' in California (Non-teaching)

Beverly Hospital, Montebello CA
Eden Medical Center, Castro Valley CA
Eisenhower Medical Center, Rancho Mirage CA
El Camino Hospital, Mountain View CA
Garfield Medical Center, Monterey Park CA
Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center, Glendale CA
Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian, Newport Beach CA
John Muir Medical Ctr.–Walnut Creek Campus, Walnut Creek CA
Marshall Medical Center, Placerville CA
Mills-Peninsula Health Services, Burlingame CA
John Muir Medical Center–Concord Campus, Concord CA
Providence Holy Cross Medical Center, Mission Hill CA
San Leandro Hospital, San Leandro CA
Scripps Memorial Hospital–Encinitas, Encinitas CA
Scripps Memorial Hospital–La Jolla, La Jolla CA
Sequoia Hospital, Redwood City CA
Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center, Chula Vista CA
St. Johns Hospital Health Center, Santa Monica CA
St. Johns Regional Medical Center, Oxnard CA
Sutter Roseville Medical Center, Roseville CA

'Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence' in California (Teaching)

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles CA
Fountain Valley Reg. Hospital & Medical Center, Fountain Valley CA
Glendale Adventist Medical Center, Glendale CA
Good Samaritan Hospital, Los Angeles CA
Huntington Memorial Hospital, Pasadena CA
Pacific Campus Hospital, San Francisco CA
Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital, Whittier CA
Saint Vincent Medical Center, Los Angeles CA
Scripps Mercy Hospital, San Diego CA
UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles CA

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