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Sequoia Hospital Recognized as Among Nation’s Best for Cardiac Surgery

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Sequoia receives 12 Healthgrades awards in the areas of cardiac surgery, pulmonary care, and gynecologic surgery.

REDWOOD CITY, CA. (October 18, 2017) – Dignity Health Sequoia Hospital has been recognized as one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals for cardiac surgery for the third consecutive year by Healthgrades, the leading online resource that helps consumers search, compare, and connect with physicians and hospitals. Sequoia Hospital received 12 awards total in the areas of cardiac surgery, treatment of pulmonary disease, gynecologic surgery, patient safety, and patient experience. 

“The cardiac surgery team at Sequoia Hospital’s Heart & Vascular Institute is known for their expertise in performing complex heart surgeries with outstanding results,” said Bill Graham, Sequoia Hospital president. “This recognition underscores the excellence of that team and the unsurpassed care we provide to patients right here in our community.”

These achievements are part of new findings released in the Healthgrades 2018 Report to the Nation. Every year, Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance at nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 34 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions. The new report demonstrates how clinical performance continues to differ dramatically between hospitals nationally, regionally, and at the local level, and the impact that this variation may have on health outcomes.

Sequoia also was the recipient of the Healthgrades Cardiac Surgery Excellence Award (2)016-2018; was recognized among the top 5 percent in the nation for cardiac surgery (2)016-2018; and received five-star awards for valve surgery (2)016-2018, treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (2)018, and gynecologic surgery (2)017. A 5-star rating indicates that clinical outcomes at Sequoia are better than expected in these areas. Earlier this year, Sequoia also was recognized for two distinctions in quality excellence from Healthgrades: the 2017 Patient Safety Excellence Award™ and the 2017 Outstanding Patient Experience 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, and assessed hospital performance relative to each of 32 common conditions and procedures. 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 (s)tatistically significantly better than expected, 3 star (not statistically different from expected), and 1 star (s)tatistically significantly worse than expected categories. The complete Healthgrades 2018 Report to the Nation with detailed cohort-specific outcomes data, hospital-specific quality achievements, and detailed study methodology, can be found at

Sequoia Hospital has received several recognitions from Healthgrades, including: 

America’s 50 Best Hospitals, Cardiac Surgery, 2016-2018

America’s 100 Best Hospitals 

  • Cardiac Care, 2015-2017
  • Cardiac Surgery, 2016

Top 5% in the Nation 

  • Cardiac Surgery, 2016-2018

Excellence Awards (T)op 10% in the Nation

  • Cardiac Surgery, 2016-2018
  • Patient Experience, 2017
  • Patient Safety, 2017
  • Overall Cardiac Services,  2015-2017
  • Cardiac Care, 2015-2017

5-Star Award

  • Valve Surgery, 2016-2018
  • Treatment of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), 2018
  • Gynecologic Surgery, 2018
  • Treatment of Stroke, 2016-2017
  • Colorectal Surgery, 2016-2017
  • Treatment of Heart Attack, 2015-2017
  • Treatment of Heart Failure, 2006-2016
  • Treatment of Sepsis, 2007-2016
  • Treatment of Respiratory Failure, 2011-2016 


About Sequoia Hospital

Dignity Health Sequoia Hospital is an accredited, not-for-profit community hospital providing innovative and exceptional health care for generations of Bay Area residents. Sequoia’s Heart and Vascular Institute is a nationally known pioneer in advanced cardiac care, affiliated with the Cleveland Clinic Heart and Vascular Institute. Sequoia has received national recognition from Healthgrades for superior patient safety and was named as one of America’s top 100 hospitals for cardiac care. Our Total Joint Replacement program is a designated Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement, and our  Birth Center is consistently ranked as a favorite among Peninsula families. We are also known for our comprehensive emergency care and leading-edge tomosynthesis 3-D mammogram technology. Our new state-of-the-art Pavilion combines the most advanced medical and surgical services with a unique healing environment, including private, spacious rooms and inviting garden areas.

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Publish date: 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

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