SAN FRANCISCO (March 22, 2021) — Dignity Health St. Mary’s Medical Center San Francisco today announced that it has achieved the Healthgrades 2021 America’s 250 Best Hospitals Award™. The distinction places St. Mary’s in the top five percent of nearly 4,500 hospitals assessed nationwide for its superior clinical performance as measured by Healthgrades, the leading resource that connects consumers, physicians and health systems.
“We are enormously proud to receive this important designation,” said St. Mary’s President and CEO Daryn Kumar. “It showcases St. Mary’s culture of excellence, its focus on delivering better-than-expected outcomes along with continuous quality improvement and, most of all, the excellent work our employees, nurses and physicians do, day in and day out.”
Healthgrades America’s 250 Best Hospitals Award recipients are recognized for overall clinical excellence and providing top-quality care across multiple specialty lines and areas. During the 2021 study period (Medicare Fiscal Years 2017-2019), these hospitals showed superior performance in clinical outcomes for patients in the Medicare population across at least 21 of 32 most common inpatient conditions and procedures — as measured by objective performance data (risk-adjusted mortality and in-hospital complications).
From 2017 through 2019, patients treated in hospitals receiving the Healthgrades America’s 250 Best Hospitals Award had, on average, a 27.4 percent lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the award, as measured across 19 rated conditions and procedures for which mortality is the outcome. 1
During that same period, if all hospitals performed similarly to those achieving the award, 167,235 lives could potentially have been saved. For example, patients treated for community acquired pneumonia in hospitals achieving the Healthgrades America's 250 Best Hospitals Award have, on average, a 38.1 percent lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the award.
“Given that the delivery of healthcare has profoundly changed due to COVID-19, we want to extend our congratulations to the hospitals that received Healthgrades America’s 250 Best Award. These organizations are committed to providing exceptional clinical outcomes for their patients,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades.
To evaluate hospital performance across these 32 outcomes and conditions, Healthgrades evaluates each hospital’s actual performance on each measure compared to their predicted performance (based on a specific risk-adjustment model that accounts for each hospital’s demographic and clinical risk factors).
To learn more about how Healthgrades determines award recipients, and for more information on Healthgrades Quality Solutions, please visit www.healthgrades.com/quality.
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 DignityHealth.org/StMarys.
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1 Statistics are based on Healthgrades’ analysis of MedPAR data for years 2017 through 2019 and represent 3-year estimates for Medicare patients only.