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Mercy General Hospital's cardiac surgery program received the "America's 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery" two years in a row from Healthgrades, the leading provider of information to help consumers make an informed decision about a physician or hospital.
In addition, Healthgrades ranked Mercy General Hospital #1 in California for Cardiac Surgery for two years in a row (2012-2013) and the hospital received the Cardiac Surgery Excellence Award™ for three years in a row (2011-2013).
The findings are part of American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2013: Healthgrades Report to the Nation, which evaluates the performance of approximately 4,500 hospitals nationwide across nearly 30 of the most common conditions and procedures.
"We are extremely proud to be honored by Healthgrades," said Edmundo Castañeda, hospital president. "The Healthgrades recognitions reflect the excellent care provided by our physicians, nurses and staff and I want to thank them for their continuous commitment to our patients."
Patient outcomes are important to consumers making choices today about hospitals. According to new research conducted by Harris Interactive for Healthgrades, 86 percent of Americans in 27 top designated market areas agree they would be more likely to choose - or not choose - a hospital if they could learn ahead of time the mortality rates for a certain procedure.
Other notable Healthgrades recognitions include:
For its 2013 hospital quality outcomes analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 40 million Medicare hospitalization records for services performed from 2009 through 2011 at approximately 4,500 short-term, acute care hospitals nationwide. Healthgrades independently measures hospitals based on data that hospitals submit to the federal government. No hospital can opt in or out of being measured, and no hospital pays to be measured. Mortality and complication rates are risk adjusted, which takes into account each hospital's unique population (demographics and severity of illness).
About Mercy General Hospital
Mercy General Hospital has been serving the Sacramento community for more than 100 years. Founded by the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy General has been at its current site in the heart of East Sacramento since 1925. Mercy General Hospital has 342 licensed beds, a physician staff of more than 800, delivers 2,700 babies annually and leads the state in open-heart surgery. Mercy General is one of six Sacramento area hospitals that are part of Dignity Health, a system of 38 hospitals and medical centers in California, Arizona and Nevada and the nation's fifth largest health care system In 2012, Dignity Health provided $1.6 billion in charitable care and services.