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St Mary's is Among Top 10% in Nation for Critical Care

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Dignity Health St. Mary's Medical Center has been recognized among the top 10% in the nation for critical care 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 five awards in the areas of neurosciences, gastrointestinal care, and critical care.

"This recognition highlights our critical care team's knowledge and dedication to achieving excellent outcomes for patients," said Pamela Lindemoen, St. Mary's Medical Center president. "While no one wants to find themselves or their loved ones in need of critical care, there is comfort knowing our dedicated clinicians and staff provide rapid, expert treatment should the need arise."


These achievements are part of new findings released today in the Healthgrades 2017 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, treatment of gastrointestinal bleed, and treatment of sepsis. 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 critical 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 2017 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, three years in a row, 2014-2016 

America's 100 Best Hospitals

  • Critical Care, 2016
  • Gastrointestinal Care, three years in a row, 2014-2016

Top 5% in the Nation

  • Critical Care, 2016
  • Overall Gastrointestinal Services, three years in a row, 2014-2016

Top 10% in the Nation

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

Five-Star Awards

  • Treatment of Stroke, seven years in a row, 2011-2017
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), 2016
  • Stroke Care, six years in a row, 2011-2016
  • Heart Failure, three years in a row, 2013-2015
  • Sepsis, five years in a row, 2013-2017
  • Esophageal/Stomach Surgeries, two years in a row, 2014-2015
  • Gastrointestinal Bleed, four years in a row, 2014-2017
  • Pneumonia, two years in a row, 2014-2015
  • Respiratory Failure, three years in a row 2014-2016

Excellence Awards

  • Stroke Care, four years in a row, 2013-2016
  • Gastrointestinal Care, three years in a row, 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 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. 

Publish date: 

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

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