Kirkland, Wash. – EvergreenHealth has achieved its seventh designation (2009-2012, and 2014-2016) as a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence from Healthgrades®, placing the health care system among the top 5 percent of more than 4,500 hospitals evaluated nationwide, based on its outstanding clinical performance.
Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals, releases this distinction annually for the nation’s top hospitals based on their clinical outcomes in terms of risk-adjusted mortality and in-hospital complication rates. This year, EvergreenHealth is one of 260 hospitals nationwide to receive the prestigious award. EvergreenHealth demonstrated high-quality care for inpatient conditions and procedures, as evaluated by Healthgrades.
“Our commitment to providing the safest, highest quality care and exceptional patient experience at the best value is what results in notable recognitions like these,” said EvergreenHealth CEO Bob Malte. “We’re honored to celebrate this clinical achievement, for the seventh year, accomplished through the talent of our dedicated physicians, nurses, staff and volunteers.”
EvergreenHealth strategic partner Virginia Mason was also recognized as a 2016 Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence by Healthgrades.
EvergreenHealth received additional 2016 accolades from Healthgrades, including recognition as one of “America’s 100 Best” hospitals in stroke care, pulmonary care, gastrointestinal care, general surgery and critical care. It is among the top five percent of hospitals for critical care, stroke treatment, general surgery, pulmonary care, neurosciences and gastrointestinal treatment. For a complete list of 2016 Healthgrades recognition, visit www.evergreenhealth.com/healthgrades.
From 2012 through 2014, Healthgrades Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence, as a group, had a 26.5 percent lower risk adjusted in-hospital mortality rate across 19 procedures and conditions where mortality was the clinical outcome, compared to all other hospitals. During this same period, if all other hospitals performed at the level of Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence across these 19 procedures and conditions, 158,858 lives could potentially have been saved. For example, patients treated at a hospital that achieved the Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence Award had, on average, a 25.5 percent lower risk of dying from a stroke than if treated at a hospital that did not receive the award.
The 260 recipients of the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence stand out among the rest for overall clinical excellence across a broad spectrum of care. During the 2016 study period (2012-2014), these hospitals showed superior performance in clinical outcomes for patients in the Medicare population across at least 21 of 32 of the most common inpatient conditions and procedures —as measured by objective clinical outcomes performance data (risk-adjusted mortality and in-hospital complications). To learn more about how Healthgrades determines Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence recipients, please visit www.healthgrades.com/quality.
Variation in hospital performance exists locally as well as nationally. For example, of the 20 hospitals evaluated located in the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue area for treatment of heart attack, risk-adjusted in-hospital mortality rates ranged from 5.2 percent on the low end to 11.8 percent on the high end, which is more than a 2-fold difference in mortality rates.
“Unfortunately, not all hospitals perform equally when it comes to clinical outcomes, so it’s important that consumers do their research in order to find the right care,” said Evan Marks, chief strategy officer, Healthgrades. “We commend those hospitals that have achieved Healthgrades 2016 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence for demonstrating an unwavering commitment to high quality care to accomplish these results.”
Healthgrades, headquartered in Denver, Colorado, is the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. Today, nearly one million people a day use the Healthgrades websites to search, compare and connect with hospitals and physicians based on the most important measures when selecting a healthcare provider: experience, hospital quality and patient satisfaction. For more information about Healthgrades, visit www.healthgrades.com or download the Healthgrades iPhone app.
EvergreenHealth is an integrated health care system that serves nearly 850,000 residents in King and Snohomish counties and offers a breadth of services and programs that is among the most comprehensive in the region. More than 950 physicians provide clinical excellence in over 80 specialties, including heart and vascular care, oncology, surgical care, orthopedics, neurosciences, women’s and children’s services, pulmonary care and home care and hospice services. Formed as a public hospital district in 1972, EvergreenHealth includes a 318-bed acute care medical center in Kirkland, a network of 10 primary care practices, two urgent care centers, over two dozen specialty care practices and 24/7 emergency care at its Kirkland campus, Monroe campus and at a freestanding center in Redmond. In 2015, the system expanded to include EvergreenHealth Monroe – an accredited, full-service 72-bed public hospital district, established in 1960 in Monroe, Washington. EvergreenHealth has clinical and strategic partnerships with several health care entities, including Virginia Mason, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and dozens of independent practices that are part of the clinically integrated EvergreenHealth Partners network. In addition to clinical care, EvergreenHealth offers extensive community health outreach and education programs, anchored by the 24/7 EvergreenHealth Nurse Navigator & Healthline.
For more information, visit www.evergreenhealth.com .
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