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Quality Recognition


A Commitment to Excellence

Dignity Health - St. Bernardine Medical Center is a highly regarded 342-bed nonprofit acute care hospital with a heritage of quality patient care that is centered on the whole patient, body, mind and spirit.

Healthgrades Quality Recognitions

Healthgrades, the leading independent health care ratings company, ranks hospitals and offers patients an educational guide in the selection of caregivers in their own communities. The organization has recognized St. Bernardine Medical Center with 5-star ratings in six clinical areas and as one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for General Surgery.™ For the past five years, St. Bernardine has also been recognized by Healthgrades among America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery.™

According to Healthgrades, these recognitions indicate that St. Bernardine’s clinical outcomes are statistically better than expected when treating the condition or performing the procedure being evaluated. Most importantly, this means St. Bernardine’s attention to excellence likely led to better outcomes for our patients.

Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award

St. Bernardine Medical Center was awarded the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get with the Guidelines® - Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, at the same time qualifying for the Target: Stroke Elite Honor Roll. These awards highlight the hospital’s commitment to ensuring that stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment, according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines, and the latest scientific evidence.

Baby-Friendly® designation by World Health Organization

St. Bernardine is one of less than 450 U.S. hospitals and birthing centers designated as Baby-Friendly®. Becoming a Baby-Friendly facility is a comprehensive, detailed and thorough journey toward excellence in providing evidence-based, maternity care with the goal of achieving optimal infant feeding outcomes and mother/baby bonding.

Additional Quality Achievements

Leap Frog Quality Score “B”

One of Healthgrades America's 100 Best Hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery™ for 5 Years in a Row (2013-2017)

One of Healthgrades America's 100 Best Hospitals for General Surgery™ (2017)

Recipient of the Healthgrades 2017 General Surgery Excellence Award

Named Among the Top 5% in the Nation for General Surgery (2017)

Five-Star Recipient for Defibrillator Procedures for 4 Years in a Row (2014-2017)

Recipient of the Healthgrades Orthopedic Surgery Excellence Award™ for 5 Years in a Row (2013-2017)

Named Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Overall Orthopedic Services for 5 Years in a Row (2013-2017)

Named Among the Top 5% in the Nation for Overall Orthopedic Services in 2017

Five-Star Recipient for Total Knee Replacement for 11 Years in a Row (2007-2017)

Five-Star Recipient for Total Hip Replacement (2017)

Five-Star Recipient for Back Surgery (2017)

Five-Star Recipient for Spinal Fusion (2017)

Recipient of the Healthgrades 2017 Cranial Neuro Surgery Excellence Award

Named Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Cranial Neuro Surgery in 2017

Five-Star Recipient for Cranial Neuro Surgery (2017)

Five-Star Recipient for Gallbladder Removal Surgery (2017)

Five-Star Recipient for Hip Fracture Treatment for 5 Years in a Row (2013-2017)

Five-Star Recipient for Small Intestine Surgeries for 5 Years in a Row (2013-2017)

Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Sepsis for 8 Years in a Row (2010-2017)

Baby Friendly designation by World Health Organization

Blue Cross/Blue Shield Distinctions:

  • Blue Distinction for Cardiac Care  
  • Blue Distinction for Gastric Band
  • Blue Distinction for Knee and Hip Replacement
  •  Blue Distinction for Maternity Care