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Dignity Health Hospitals Recognized for Clinical Outcomes


New national report identifies Mercy General Hospital, Mercy San Juan Medical Center, Methodist Hospital and Mercy Hospital of Folsom among the top hospitals nationally for excellence in the treatment of serious medical conditions.

Dignity Health announced its hospitals in Sacramento County, including Mercy General Hospital, Mercy San Juan Medical Center, Methodist Hospital and Mercy Hospital of Folsom, have been recognized as some of America’s 100 Best hospitals for various procedures and conditions.

Healthgrades, the leading online resource that helps consumers search, compare and connect with physicians and hospitals, evaluated nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 31 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions and identified the 100 best hospitals within each procedure.

These achievements are part of findings released today in American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2014: Healthgrades Report to the Nation, which demonstrates how clinical performance differs dramatically between hospitals and the impact that this variation may have on health outcomes. For example, from 2010-2012, if all hospitals as a group, performed similarly to hospitals receiving five stars as a group, on average 234,252 lives could potentially have been saved and 157,418 complications could potentially have been avoided. 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.

“We are honored to be recognized by Healthgrades,”said Dr. Karl Ulrich, Chief Physician Executive and Interim Senior Vice President of Operations for Dignity Health’s Greater Sacramento – San Joaquin Service Area. “Our physicians and staff are committed to quality care for our patients and I’m proud of their efforts every day in our hospitals across the region.”  

Mercy General Hospital has been recognized as one of Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Stroke Care™ in 2014. Mercy General was also ranked in the Top 5 Percent in the Nation for the Treatment of Stroke in 2014. In addition, Mercy General is the recipient of the Healthgrades Stroke Care Excellence Award™ in 2014 and a Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Stroke for three years in a row 
(2012 – 2014).

Mercy General Hospital is also a Five-Star Recipient for Coronary Bypass Surgery for 12 years in a row (2003 – 2014).

Other notable Healthgrades recognitions at Mercy General Hospital include:

  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Sepsis for five years in a row (2010 -  2014)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Pulmonary Embolism for two years in a row (2013 -2014)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Respiratory Failure for three years in a row (2012  – 2014)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Back Surgery for five years in a row (2010 – 2014)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Repair of Abdominal Aorta in 2014
  • Recipient of the Healthgrades Gynecologic Surgery Excellence Award™ in 2013
  • Recognized by Healthgrades for Superior Performance in Gynecologic Surgery in 2013
  • Among the Top 10 Percent of Hospitals Evaluated for Gynecologic Surgery in 2013
  • Five-Star Recipient for Gynecologic Surgery in 2013
  • Recipient of the Healthgrades Maternity Care Excellence Award for two years in a row (2012 – 2013)
  • Recognized by Healthgrades for Superior Performance in Maternity Care for 2013
  • Among the Top 10 Percent of Hospitals Evaluated for Maternity Care in 2013
  • Five-Star Recipient for Maternity Care for two years in a row (2012 – 2013)
  • Recipient of the Healthgrades Emergency Medicine Excellence Award™ in 2012
  • Ranked among the Top 5 Percent in the Nation for Emergency Medicine in 2012
  • Five-Star Recipient for Emergency Medicine in 2012

Mercy San Juan Medical Center has been recognized as one of Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Critical Care for three years in a row (2012 – 2014).  Mercy San Juan is ranked among the Top 10% in the Nation for the Treatment of Stroke in 2014 and the recipient of the Healthgrades Stroke Care Excellence Award™ in 2014. In addition, the hospital is a Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Stroke for four years in a row (2011 – 2014) and a Five-Star Recipient for Neurosurgery for three years in a row (2012-2014).

Mercy San Juan is also a Five-Star Recipient for Coronary Bypass Surgery for two years in a row (2013 – 2014) and a Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Heart Failure for two years in a row (2013 – 2014).

Other notable Healthgrades recognitions at Mercy San Juan Medical Center include:

  • Ranked among the Top 5 Percent in the Nation for Critical Care for three years in a row (2012 – 2014)
  • Recipient of the Healthgrades Critical Care Excellence Award™ for three years in a row (2012 – 2014)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Sepsis for four years in a row (2011 – 2014)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Pulmonary Embolism in 2014
  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Respiratory Failure for four years in a row (2011 – 2014)
  • Among the Top 5 Percent of Hospitals Evaluated for Maternity Care for 2013
  • Recognized by Healthgrades for Superior Performance in Maternity Care for 2013
  • Five-Star Recipient for Maternity Care for three years in a row (2011 – 2013)
  • Recipient of the Healthgrades Emergency Medicine Excellence Award™ for two years in a row (2011 – 2012)
  • Ranked among the Top 5 Percent in the Nation for Emergency Medicine for two years in a row (2011 – 2012)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Emergency Medicine for two years in a row (2011 – 2012)

Methodist Hospital of Sacramento has been recognized as one of Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Joint Replacement in 2014 and one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Stroke Care in 2014.

In addition, Methodist is the Recipient of the Healthgrades Joint Replacement Excellence Award™ in 2014 and Ranked among the Top 5 Percent in the Nation for Joint Replacement in 2014. The hospital is also a Five-Star Recipient for Total Knee Replacement for eight years in a row (2007 – 2014); a Five-Star Recipient for Total Hip Replacement in 2014; and a Five-Star Recipient for Hip Fracture Treatment for three years in a row (2012 – 2014).

Other notable Healthgrades recognitions at Methodist Hospital include:

  • Recipient of the Healthgrades Stroke Care Excellence Award™ in 2014
  • Ranked among the Top 5 Percent in the Nation for Treatment of Stroke in 2014
  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Stroke for two years in a row (2013-2014)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Sepsis for two years in a row (2013-2014)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Respiratory Failure for two years in a row (2013 – 2014)

Mercy Hospital of Folsom has been recognized as one of Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Critical Care™ in 2014. The hospital is also ranked among the Top 5 Percent in the Nation for Critical Care in 2014 and the recipient of the Healthgrades Critical Care Excellence Award™ for two years in a row (2013 – 2014). Mercy Hospital of Folsom is a Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Sepsis for three years in a row (2012 – 2014) and a Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Respiratory Failure for three years in a row (2012 – 2014).

Other notable Healthgrades recognitions at Mercy Hospital of Folsom include:

  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Stroke for two years in a row (2013 – 2014)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Heart Failure in 2014
  • Five-Star Recipient for Total Knee Replacement for four years in a row (2011 – 2014)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Colorectal Surgeries in 2014
  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Bowel Obstruction in 2014

For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 40 million Medicare-patient records for nearly 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide, assessing hospital performance relative to each of 31 common conditions and procedures. Healthgrades awards hospitals 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 for individual hospitals may be found at here.

More information on the American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2014, read Healthgrades Report to the Nation.

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