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St Mary's Among Top 5 Percent of Hospitals Nationwide for Clinical Outcomes for Third Consecutive Year


For the third consecutive year, Dignity Health St. Mary's Medical Center has received the Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™. The distinction places St. Mary's Medical Center among the top 5 percent of more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide for clinical performance as measured by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.

“We are so proud that St. Mary’s has once again been recognized as a Distinguished Hospital by Healthgrades,” said Michael Carter, interim president of St. Mary’s Medical Center. “This designation is possible because of the dedication of our physicians, caregivers and staff to provide quality patient care.”

Nationally, 260 hospitals out of 1,485 eligible hospitals were recognized as recipients of the Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence Award. St. Mary's is among the top 5 percent of hospitals in the nation with high quality care across at least 21 of 32 common inpatient conditions and procedures, as evaluated by Healthgrades.

From 2012 through 2014, Healthgrades Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence, as a group, had a 26.5 percent lower risk adjusted in-hospital mortality rate across 19 procedures and conditions where mortality was the clinical outcome, compared to all other hospitals. During this same period, if all other hospitals performed at the level of Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence across these 19 procedures and conditions, 158,858 lives could potentially have been saved. For example, patients treated at a hospital that achieved the Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence Award had, on average, a 32 percent lower risk of dying from heart failure than if treated at a hospital that did not receive this distinction.

St. Mary’s has been recognized with a wide range of achievements from Healthgrades over the past five years, including:

Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence, 2014-2016

America’s 100 Best Hospitals

  • Critical, Care, 2016
  • Stroke Care, 2014
  • Gastrointestinal Care, 2014-2016
  • General Surgery, 2014

Top 5% in the Nation

  • Critical Care, 2016
  • Stroke Care, 2013-2014
  • Overall Gastrointestinal Services, 2014-2016
  • General Surgery, 2014
  • Gastrointestinal Medical Treatment, 2014

Top 10% in the Nation

  • Treatment of Stroke, 2016
  • Overall Gastrointestinal Services, 2016
  • Critical Care, 2016

Five-Star Awards

  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), 2016
  • Stroke Care, 2011-2016
  • Bowel Obstruction, 2012-2014
  • Bariatric Surgery, 2013
  • Gynecologic Surgery, 2013
  • Heart Failure, 2013-2015
  • Esophageal/Stomach Surgeries, 2014-2015
  • Gastrointestinal Bleed, 2014-2016
  • Pancreatitis, 2014
  • Pneumonia, 2014-2015
  • Respiratory Failure, 2014-2016
  • Sepsis, 2013-2016
  • Spinal Fusion Surgery, 2014
  • Total Hip Replacement, 2015

Excellence Awards

  • Stroke Care, 2013-2016
  • Gastrointestinal Care, 2014-2016
  • General Surgery, 2014
  • Patient Safety, 2014
  • Critical Care, 2015-2016
  • Women’s Health, 2014

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 was also 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. 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

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