Huntington Memorial Hospital named one of Healthgrades 2015 America's 50 Best Hospitals

March 23, 2015

Today, Healthgrades is pleased to announce that Huntington Memorial Hospital has received the Healthgrades 2015 America's 50 Best Hospitals Award™ The distinction makes Huntington Hospital one of the top 1% of more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide for its consistent, year-over-year superior clinical performance as measured by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.

"We are very proud to be recognized in the top 1% of hospitals nationwide and very proud of our physicians, nurses and care providers who are at the forefront of this distinction," said Stephen A. Ralph, hospital president and CEO. "Quality and excellence have long been hallmarks of care at Huntington Memorial Hospital and we will continue to give our patients and our region the leading-edge care and capabilities of a world-class medical institution with the personal touch of a community hospital."

From 2011 through 2013, Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award™ recipients, as a group, had a 25.0% lower risk adjusted mortality rate across 19 procedures and conditions where in-hospital mortality was the clinical outcome, compared to all other hospitals. During this same period, if all other hospitals performed at the level of America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award™ recipients across these 19 procedures and conditions, 168,239 lives could potentially have been saved. For example, patients treated at a hospital that has achieved the America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award™ had, on average, a 26.6% lower risk of dying from heart failure than if treated at a hospital that did not receive the award.

Variation in hospital performance exists locally as well as nationally. In the Los Angeles area, there were only 2 hospitals out of 7 eligible hospitals for the America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award™. Huntington Hospital is among the hospitals in Los Angeles County with some of the best quality care across at least 21 of 32 common inpatient conditions and procedures evaluated by Healthgrades over a period of at least 6 years.

"The Healthgrades analysis shows that not all hospitals perform equally, so it is important that consumers do their homework when selecting a hospital," said Evan Marks, Chief Strategy Officer, Healthgrades. "Those hospitals that have achieved the Healthgrades distinction have demonstrated a commitment to exceptional clinical quality care over an extended period of time."

The 50 recipients of the America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award™ stand out among the rest for overall clinical excellence across a broad spectrum of care. During the 2015 study period (2011-2013), 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 performance data (risk-adjusted mortality and in-hospital complications). To learn more about how Healthgrades determines America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award™ recipients, please visit www.healthgrades.com/quality.

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