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Dominican Hospital Rated in Top 10 Percent for Heart Care

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Hospital Receives Six Total Awards from Healthgrades

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (Oct. 22, 2019) – Dignity Health Dominican Hospital is among the top 10 percent of hospitals nationwide for coronary intervention procedures, according to Healthgrades, the leading online resource for information about physicians and hospitals. In total, Dominican received six awards from Healthgrades in the areas of cardiac care, pulmonary care, gastrointestinal care, and critical care.

“Dominican Hospital treats some of the most complex cardiac cases in the Monterey Bay area, and we are very pleased to be recognized by Healthgrades for excellence in cardiac care,” said Nanette Mickiewicz, MD, Dominican Hospital president. “Our dedicated caregivers are committed to providing the most advanced care, right here in our community.”

This achievement is part of the Healthgrades 2020 Report to the Nation, which underscores the importance of hospital quality to both consumers and hospital leaders. Every year, Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance at nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 32 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions using Medicare data, and additional analyzes outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 15 states.

Dominican received five-star awards for coronary interventional procedures, treatment of pneumonia, small intestine surgeries, and treatment of sepsis. A 5-star rating indicates clinical outcomes at Dominican are statistically significantly better than expected when treating the condition or performing the procedure being evaluated. The hospital also received the Healthgrades 2020 Coronary Intervention Excellence Award.

About the Report

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 evaluated outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 15 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. View the full list of Specialty Excellence AwardTM recipients here. The complete Healthgrades 2020 Report to the Nation and detailed study methodology, can be found at

Dominican Hospital has received several recognitions from Healthgrades, including:

  • Top 10 Percent in the Nation
  • Coronary Interventional Procedures, 2020

Excellence Awards

  • Coronary Intervention, 2020

Five-Star Awards

  • Coronary Interventional Procedures, 2020
  • Cranial Neurosurgery, 2019
  • Pneumonia, 2020
  • Sepsis, 2019-2020
  • Small Intestine Surgeries, 2020

About Dominican Hospital

Dignity Health Dominican Hospital has been caring for the Santa Cruz County community for over 75 years. Dominican offers 24/7 emergency services and is a Certified Stroke Center. Dominican’s services include the only comprehensive Cancer Center in Santa Cruz County, a Total Joint Replacement program, advanced neurologica and endoscopic services, and an expert heart and vascular team. Dominican has received national recognition for superior patient safety, cardiac care, and stroke treatment from Healthgrades, a leading provider of comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. Dominican also has received several awards for environmental excellence.

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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

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