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St. Mary’s Medical Center Recognized for Stroke Care for Ninth Straight Year

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Hospital receives nine total awards from Healthgrades, including top 10 percent in nation for GI care

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (October 23, 2018) – Dignity Health St. Mary’s Medical Center has been recognized as a leader in stroke care for nine consecutive years by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. In total, St. Mary’s Medical Center received nine awards in the areas of cardiac, pulmonary, and critical care; including recognition as among the top 10 percent of hospitals nationwide for gastrointestinal care. 

“This recognition highlights the broad spectrum of exemplary care available at St. Mary’s Medical Center,” said John Allen, St. Mary’s Medical Center president. “From heart attack care to diabetes to pneumonia, our teams of talented caregivers are committed to the health of our community.”

This achievement is part of new findings and data featured in the Healthgrades 2019 Report to the Nation. The new report demonstrates how clinical performance continues to differ dramatically between hospitals regionally and nationally. Every year, Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance at almost 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 32 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions.

St. Mary’s received five-star awards for treatment of heart attack, treatment of pneumonia, small intestine surgeries, treatment of bowel obstruction, treatment of sepsis, and treatment of diabetic emergencies. 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 gastrointestinal care.

About the Report

For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 45 million Medicare inpatient records for almost 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 and the District of Columbia. 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 2019 Report to the Nation and detailed study methodology can be found at

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

Top 10% in the Nation

  • Treatment of Stroke, 2018
  • Critical Care, 2016-2017
  • Overall Gastrointestinal Services, 2016 and 2019

Five-Star Awards

  • Pneumonia, 2019
  • Small Intestine Surgeries, 2019
  • Bowel Obstruction, 2019
  • Treatment of Stroke, 2011-2019
  • Treatment of Sepsis, 2013-2019
  • Treatment of Diabetic Emergencies, 2018-2019
  • Treatment of Heart Attack, 2018-2019
  • Gastrointestinal Bleed, 2014-2017

Excellence Awards

  • Stroke Care, 2018
  • Gastrointestinal Care, 2014-2016, 2019
  • 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 cardiac program offers diagnostic services, treatment, and rehabilitation. 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 it serves. For more information, call (415) 668-1000 or visit

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

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