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St. Mary's Recognized for Heart Attack Care for Third Straight Year

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Hospital receives nine total awards from Healthgrades

SAN FRANCISCO (Oct. 22, 2019)Dignity Health St. Mary’s Medical Center has been recognized as a leader in heart attack care for three consecutive years by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for information about physicians and hospitals. In total, St. Mary’s Medical Center received nine awards in the areas of cardiac, pulmonary, gastrointestinal care, and critical care.

“We’re honored to be recognized by Healthgrades for heart attack care,” said David Klein, MD, MBA, president and CEO of St. Mary’s Medical Center. “St. Mary’s offers advanced cardiac technology through our hybrid suite, and our caregivers are committed to providing high-quality, world-class care in a community hospital setting,”

This achievement is part of the Healthgrades 2020 Report to the Nation, which underscores the importance of hospital quality to both consumers and hospital leaders. Every year, Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance at nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 32 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions using Medicare data, and additionally analyzes outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 15 states.

St. Mary’s received five-star awards for treatment of heart attack, treatment of pneumonia, treatment of GI bleed, treatment of bowel obstruction, 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 gastrointestinal care and critical care, and was named among the top 10 percent in the nation for critical care and overall GI services.

About the Report

For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 45 million Medicare inpatient records for nearly 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. 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. View the full list of Specialty Excellence AwardTM recipients here. The complete Healthgrades 2020 Report to the Nation and detailed study methodology, can be found at

Top 10% in the Nation

  • Treatment of Stroke, 2018
  • Critical Care, 2016-2020
  • Overall Gastrointestinal Services, 2019-2020

Five-Star Awards

  • Pneumonia, 2019-2020
  • Small Intestine Surgeries, 2019
  • Bowel Obstruction, 2019-2020
  • Treatment of Stroke, 2011-2019
  • Treatment of Sepsis, 2013-2020
  • Treatment of Diabetic Emergencies, 2018-2019
  • Treatment of Heart Attack, 2018-2020
  • Gastrointestinal Bleed, 2014-2020

Excellence Awards

  • Stroke Care, 2018
  • Gastrointestinal Care, 2019-2020
  • Critical Care, 2020

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 22, 2019

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