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St. Mary Medical Center Recognized for Cardiac Treatment and Orthopedic


Dignity Health – St. Mary Medical Center is a 2019 Five-Star Recipient in Cardiac and Orthopedic procedures, following this year’s evaluation from Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.

Every year, Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance at nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 34 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions.*

Specifically, St. Mary is a Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Heart Attack for 2 Years in a Row (2018-2019), and a Five-Star Recipient for Hip Fracture Treatment for 8 Years in a Row (2012-2019).

These achievements are part of findings by Healthgrades featured in their 2019 Report to the Nation. The new report demonstrates how clinical performance continues to differ dramatically between hospitals regionally and nationally.

“These recognitions are significant as they confirm our efforts to provide optimal care to every patient as we continue to fulfill our mission to meet the medical needs of our surrounding community,” states Carolyn Caldwell President, CEO, Dignity Health – St. Mary Medical Center.

Clinical quality varies significantly between hospitals, so it’s important for consumers to use information about outcomes to assess where to receive care,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Healthgrades. “These 5-star ratings for the treatment of heart attack and hip fracture showcases the expertise and commitment of St. Mary Medical Center to their patients.”

About Dignity Health – St. Mary Medical Center

Founded as a faith-based hospital in 1923 by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, Dignity Health – St. Mary Medical Center is a 389-bed, acute care, nonprofit hospital located in Long Beach, California.   The hospital offers a full complement of services, including a Level II trauma center, cardiac and vascular center, surgical weight loss, maternity, and the CARE Center, which is a recognized PrEP Center of Excellence by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.  St. Mary is recognized by the Healthcare Equality Index (HEI) as a Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality.  The hospital shares a legacy of humankindness with Dignity Health, one of the nation’s five largest health care systems.

About Dignity Health

Dignity Health, headquartered in San Francisco, CA, provides integrated, patient and family centered care. It is the fifth largest health system in the country with 10,000 physicians and 55,000 employees across Arizona, California, and Nevada. Through its network of more than 150 ancillary care sites and 40 acute care hospitals, Dignity Health is committed to delivering compassionate, high-quality, affordable health care services with special attention to the poor and underserved. In 2011, Dignity Health provided $1.4 billion in charity care, community benefit and unreimbursed patient care. For more information, please visit our website at www.dignityhealth.org. Dignity Health is also on Facebook and Twitter.

*For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 45 million Medicare inpatient records for nearly 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide to assess hospital performance in 32 common conditions and procedures, and evaluate outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 17 states. 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 significantly better than expected), 3-star (not statistically different from expected) and 1-star (statistically significantly worse than expected) categories. The complete Healthgrades 2019 Report to the Nation and detailed study methodology, can be found at www.healthgrades.com/quality

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