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Marian Regional Receives Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence


Marian Regional Medical Center (MRMC), a member of the Dignity Health system that locally also includes Arroyo Grande Community Hospital (AGCH) and French Hospital Medical Center (FHMC), is proud to announce it is a recipient, for the third year in a row, of the Healthgrades 2016 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence.

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. Healthgrades awards the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence to hospitals across the nation that have demonstrated overall clinical excellence and have exhibited superior performance in clinical outcomes for patients across a broad spectrum of care. This distinction places MRMC in the top five percent of the more than 4,500 hospitals evaluated nationwide, based on the hospital’s outstanding clinical performance.  

“This honor is a testament to the commitment of the employees, physicians, and volunteers of Marian Regional Medical Center to assure our patients and community receive the highest level of safe, quality health care services,” says Charles J. Cova, Sr. VP of Operations, Dignity Health. “This recognition is an example of how we are fulfilling our promise to the community to invest in state-of-the-art technologies that allow our health care team to provide safe, high-quality, compassionate care.”

Every 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, including for 36 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions. These findings are released on Healthgrades.com and in the Healthgrades 2016 Report to the Nation.

Dignity Health Central Coast hospitals, including AGCH, FHMC, and MRMC, together received 55 honors from Healthgrades for 2016, consisting of five-star awards for clinical outcomes, and clinical 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.

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.

About Marian Regional Medical Center

Marian Regional Medical Center, located in Santa Maria, California, is rated among the top 10% in the nation for cardiac care, and is a designated STEMI Receiving Center (ST Segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction) in Santa Barbara County.  Santa Barbara County STEMI receiving programs earned the Silver Award from the American Heart Association for excellence in patient care. Marian has achieved prestigious designation as a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission. In addition, Marian has received the Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Clinical Excellence Award. The medical center’s cancer program is distinguished as the only comprehensive Community Cancer Center on the Central Coast.  The need to meet the demand for quality, technologically-advanced care for a growing community led Marian to open its doors to a new state-of-the-art, 191-bed facility in the spring of 2012.  The new facility houses the largest and most comprehensive perinatology/neonatology program on the Central Coast providing the most compassionate, quality care to the littlest of patients. Marian is a Dignity Health member of the Central Coast, which also includes Arroyo Grande Community Hospital in Arroyo Grande, CA and French Hospital Medical Center in San Luis Obispo, CA, St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Oxnard, CA and St. John’s Pleasant Valley in Camarillo, CA. Dignity Health of the Central Coast is an integrated network of top quality hospitals, physicians from the most prestigious medical schools, and comprehensive outpatient services including primary care offices, premier ambulatory surgery centers, technologically-advanced laboratories and imaging centers and a full service home health agency; all recognized for quality, safety and service.  Each hospital is supported by an active philanthropic Foundation to help meet the growing health care needs of our communities.

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