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St. Mary’s Medical Center is Among Top 10 Percent in the Nation for Treatment of Stroke

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Hospital also receives recognition for cardiac and critical care

SAN FRANCISCO, CA. (October 18, 2017) – Dignity Health St. Mary’s Medical Center has been recognized as among the top 10 percent of hospitals in the nation for treatment of stroke by Healthgrades, the leading online resource that helps consumers search, compare, and connect with physicians and hospitals. In total, St. Mary’s Medical Center received six awards in the areas of neurosciences, cardiac, and critical care. 

“This recognition demonstrates our stroke team’s commitment to quality care and excellent outcomes for our patients,” said Pamela Lindemoen, St. Mary’s Medical Center president. “With stroke, every second counts, and we’re proud to be recognized for providing efficient, timely, and comprehensive care. With our inpatient acute rehabilitation services, St. Mary’s is dedicated to a continuum of exceptional care for stroke patients.”

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.

St. Mary’s also received five-star awards for treatment of stroke (2011-2018), treatment of sepsis (2013-2018), treatment of diabetic emergencies (2018), and treatment of heart attack (2018). A 5-star rating indicates that clinical outcomes at St. Mary’s are better than expected in these areas. St. Mary’s also received the Healthgrades Excellence Award for stroke care.

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 (statistically significantly better than expected), 3 star (not statistically different from expected), and 1 star (statistically 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

St. Mary’s Medical Center has received several recognitions from Healthgrades, including:

Distinguished Hospital Award for Excellence, 2014-2016

America’s 100 Best Hospitals

  • Critical Care, 2016
  • Gastrointestinal Care, 2014-2016

Top 5% in the Nation

  • Critical Care, 2016
  • Overall Gastrointestinal Services, 2014-2016

Top 10% in the Nation

  • Treatment of Stroke, 2018
  • Critical Care, 2016-2017
  • Overall Gastrointestinal Services, 2016

Five-Star Awards

  • Treatment of Stroke, 2011-2018
  • Treatment of Sepsis, 2013-2018
  • Treatment of Diabetic Emergencies, 2018
  • Treatment of Heart Attack, 2018
  • Gastrointestinal Bleed, 2014-2017
  • Respiratory Failure, 2014-2016
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), 2016

Excellence Awards

  • Stroke Care, 2018
  • Gastrointestinal Care, 2014-2016
  • Critical Care, 2015-2017


About Dignity Health St. Mary’s Medical Center 

Dignity Health St. Mary's Medical Center is an accredited, not-for-profit community hospital that has been caring for the people of San Francisco since 1857. Located across from Golden Gate Park, it is the longest continually running hospital in San Francisco. St. Mary’s has been named a 2014 Top Performer in Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission for excellence in patient outcomes. For three consecutive years, from 2014 to 2016, St. Mary’s received the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence from Healthgrades.

St. Mary’s also was recognized as one of the Top 100 Orthopedic Programs nationally by Becker’s Hospital Review and is a Certified Stroke Center by the Joint Commission. St. Mary’s state-of-the-art Cancer Center offers the full-range of oncology, radiation, and imaging services. Offering the most comprehensive breast imaging services in San Francisco, St. Mary’s has been designated as a Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology, a recognition that represents the national gold standard. Beyond clinical care, St. Mary's is committed to furthering the healing ministry, and to providing high-quality, affordable healthcare to the community we serve. For more information, call (415) 668-1000.

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Publish date: 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

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