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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.”

How does your hospital rank? Are you among the best? Are you doing all that you can to save lives? For more information visit www.healthgrades.com.

'Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence' in Arizona

Del E. Webb Memorial Hospital, Sun City West www.sunhealth.org
Mayo Clinic Hospital, Phoenix AZ www.mayoclinic.com
Scottsdale Healthcare–Osborn, Scottsdale www.shc.org


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

Beverly Hospital, Montebello CA www.beverly.org
Eden Medical Center, Castro Valley CA www.edenmedcenter.org
Eisenhower Medical Center, Rancho Mirage CA www.emc.org
El Camino Hospital, Mountain View CA www.elcaminohospital.org
Garfield Medical Center, Monterey Park CA www.garfieldmedicalcenter.com
Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center, Glendale CA www.glendalememorialhospital.org
Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian, Newport Beach CA www.hoaghospital.org
John Muir Medical Ctr.–Walnut Creek Campus, Walnut Creek CA www.johnmuirhealth.com
Marshall Medical Center, Placerville CA www.marshallmedical.org
Mills-Peninsula Health Services, Burlingame CA www.mills-peninsula.org
John Muir Medical Center–Concord Campus, Concord CA www.johnmuirhealth.com
Providence Holy Cross Medical Center, Mission Hill CA www.providence.org
San Leandro Hospital, San Leandro CA www.sanleandrohospital.org
Scripps Memorial Hospital–Encinitas, Encinitas CA www.scrippshealth.org
Scripps Memorial Hospital–La Jolla, La Jolla CA www.scrippshealth.org
Sequoia Hospital, Redwood City CA www.sequoiahospital.org
Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center, Chula Vista CA www.sharp.com
St. Johns Hospital Health Center, Santa Monica CA www.stjohns.org
St. Johns Regional Medical Center, Oxnard CA www.stjohnshealth.org
Sutter Roseville Medical Center, Roseville CA www.sutterroseville.org

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

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles CA www.cedars-sinai.edu
Fountain Valley Reg. Hospital & Medical Center, Fountain Valley CA www.fountainvalleyhospital.com
Glendale Adventist Medical Center, Glendale CA www.glendaleadventist.com
Good Samaritan Hospital, Los Angeles CA www.goodsam.org
Huntington Memorial Hospital, Pasadena CA www.huntingtonhospital.com
Pacific Campus Hospital, San Francisco CA www.cpmc.org
Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital, Whittier CA www.whittierpres.com
Saint Vincent Medical Center, Los Angeles CA www.stvincentmedicalcenter.com
Scripps Mercy Hospital, San Diego CA www.scrippshealth.org
UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles CA www.uclahealth.org

This article is from workingnurse.com.

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