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Central Coast Hospitals Receive 44 Healthgrades Awards


Arroyo Grande Community Hospital (AGCH), French Hospital Medical Center (FHMC), and Marian Regional Medical Center (MRMC), Dignity Health Central Coast hospitals, are pleased to announce that they’ve collectively received 44 awards from Healthgrades.

Healthgrades is the leading online resource helping consumers make informed decisions in order to find the right doctor, the right hospital, and the right care.

Dignity Health Central Coast’s achievement is part of new findings and data released on Healthgrades.com and in the Healthgrades 2016 Report to the NationEvery year, Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance based on more than 45 million Medicare medical claims records for the most recent three-year time period available from over 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 36 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions.

Among its 44 honors from Healthgrades, AGCH, FHMC, and MRMC received five-star awards for clinical outcomes and service excellence awards. A five-star rating indicates that a hospital’s clinical outcomes are better than expected when treating the condition or conducting the procedure being evaluated.

“These honors are a testament of Dignity Health Central Coast’s commitment to the highest level of safe, quality health care services that our employees and physicians provide each and every day,” says Charles J. Cova, Senior Vice President of Operations, Dignity Health. “We have made and continue to make a significant commitment to education and training, and we continue to invest in state-of-the-art technologies that enable our staff and physicians to provide the highest quality of care available.”

Healthgrades independently measures hospitals based on data that hospitals submit to the federal government. No hospital can opt in or out of the analysis, and no hospital pays to be measured. Healthgrades risk adjusts for patient demographic characteristics and clinical risk factors, thereby taking into account how sick patients are upon admission.

“The Healthgrades analysis shows that not all hospitals perform equally in all procedures, so it is important that consumers do their homework when selecting a hospital,” said Evan Marks, Chief Strategy Officer for Healthgrades. “Those hospitals that have achieved the Healthgrades distinction have demonstrated a commitment to exceptional clinical quality care.”

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 better than expected), 3-star (statistically as expected), and 1-star (statistically worse than expected) categories. Detailed performance information, such as cohort-specific outcomes data and quality achievements, as well as more information on the Healthgrades 2016 Report to the Nation, including the complete methodology, can be found at www.healthgrades.com/quality.

Marian Regional Medical Center and Arroyo Grande Community Hospital

  • Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ for three years in a row (2014-2016)
  • Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Critical Care™ in 2016
  • Five Star rating for Treatment of Heart Attack in 2016
  • Five Star rating for Total Knee Replacement for three years in a row (2014-2016)
  • Five Star rating for Hip Fracture Treatment for three years in a row (2014-2016)                  
  • Healthgrades Stroke Care Excellence Award™ for two years in a row (2015-2016)
  • Ranked Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Treatment of Stroke for two years in a row (2015-2016)
  • Five Star ranking for Treatment of Stroke for three years in a row (2014-2016)
  • Five Star ranking for Carotid Surgery for seven years in a row (2010-2016)
  • Healthgrades Gastrointestinal Care Excellence Award™ for two years in a row (2015-2016)
  • Healthgrades 2016 General Surgery Excellence Award™
  • Ranked Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Overall GI Services for two years in a row (2015-2016)
  • Ranked Among the Top 10% in the Nation for General Surgery in 2016
  • Ranked Among the Top 10% in the Nation for GI Medical Treatment in 2016
  • Five Star ranking for Esophageal/Stomach Surgeries in 2016
  • Five Star ranking for Colorectal Surgeries for three years in a row (2014-2016)
  • Five Star ranking for Treatment of GI Bleed for five  years in a row (2014-2016)
  • Healthgrades 2016 Critical Care Excellence Award™
  • Ranked Among the Top 5% in the Nation for Critical Care in 2016
  • Ranked Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Critical Care in 2016
  • Five Star Treatment of Sepsis for six years in a row (2011-2016)
  • Five Star Treatment of Respiratory Failure for four years in a row (2013-2016)
  • Healthgrades 2015 Women’s Health Excellence Award™
  • Ranked Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Women’s Health in 2015
  • Ranked Among the Top 5% for Patient Safety in 2015
  • Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award™ in 2015 (Arroyo)
  • Ranked Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Patient Safety in 2015 (Arroyo)

French Hospital Medical Center

  • Five-Star rating for Treatment of Heart Attack, eight years in a row (2009-2016)
  • Five-Star rating for Treatment of Heart Failure for four years in a row (2013-2016)
  • Five-Star rating for Pacemaker Procedures for three years in a row (2014- 2016)
  • Healthgrades Joint Replacement Excellence Award™ for seven years in a row (2010-2016)
  • Ranked Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Joint Replacement for seven years in a row (2010-2016)
  • Five-Star rating for Total Knee Replacement for 14 years in a row (2003-2016)
  • Five-Star rating for Total Hip Replacement for seven years in a row (2010-2016)
  • Five-Star rating for Hip Fracture Treatment for six years in a row (2011-2016)
  • Healthgrades Pulmonary Care Excellence Award™ for two years in a row (2015-2016)
  • Ranked Among the Top 5% in the Nation for Overall Pulmonary Services in 2016
  • Ranked Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Overall Pulmonary Services for two years in a row (2015-2016)
  • Five-Star ranking for Treatment of Pneumonia for six years in a row (2011-2016)
  • Five-Star Rating for Treatment of Bowel Obstruction in 2016
  • Five-Star rating for Treatment of Sepsis for five years in a row (2012-2016)
  • Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award for three years in a row (2013-2015)
  • Ranked Among the Top 5% in the Nation for Patient Safety for three years in a row (2013-2015)
  • Ranked Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Patient Safety for three years in a row (2013-2015)

See Dignity Health Central Coast’s new Healthgrades awards

Dignity Health Central Coast

Dignity Health Central Coast is comprised of five hospitals, all recognized for their quality of care, safety and service, primary care offices, premier ambulatory surgery centers, technologically advanced imaging centers, outpatient services and comprehensive home health services. Hospitals in the Dignity Health Central Coast region include Arroyo Grande Community Hospital in Arroyo Grande, French Hospital Medical Center in San Luis Obispo, Marian Regional Medical Center in Santa Maria, St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital in Camarillo and St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Oxnard. Each hospital is supported by an active philanthropic Foundation to provide additional funding to support new programs and services, as well as to advance the community’s access to health care.  For more information, visit:  www.dignityhealth.org/centralcoast

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