Huntington Memorial Hospital Recognized as Top 10% in Nation for Treatment of Stroke by Healthgrades

May 4, 2015

Healthgrades recognizes Huntington Memorial Hospital as Top 10% in Nation for Treatment of StrokeStroke care at Huntington Memorial Hospital is among the top 10% in the nation as measured by lowest risk-adjusted mortality, according to this year’s evaluation from Healthgrades, the leading online resource helping consumers make informed decisions in order to find the right doctor, the right hospital and the right care. Every year Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance at over 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 33 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions.

In addition, the Healthgrades 2015 Report to the Nation highlights disparity in hospital performance for specific conditions and procedures and the impact that this variation has on health outcomes as well as increased costs and lengths of stay. For example, from 2011-2013, if all hospitals as a group, performed similarly to hospitals receiving 5-stars as a group, on average 228,426 lives could potentially have been saved and 169,298 complications could potentially have been avoided.* A 5-star rating indicates that Huntington Hospital’s clinical outcomes are better than expected when treating the condition or conducting the procedure being evaluated.

Huntington Hospitalnot only performs at a 5-star level – it outperforms other hospitals in the nation in Treatment of Stroke and as a result has been recognized with the 2015 Healthgrades Stroke Care Excellence Award.

“The focus of our stroke program has always been on patient outcomes - from the minute a patient with stroke symptoms enters our hospital, through all diagnostic and follow-up care,” said Arbi Ohanian, M.D., medical director of Huntington Hospital’s Primary Stroke Center. “We are so pleased to receive the Healthgrades Stroke Care Excellence Award, which recognizes our team’s ongoing commitment to the highest quality care for all of our stroke patients, in every stage of treatment.”

In addition, Huntington Hospital is one out of three hospitals in Los Angeles County to have achieved Healthgrades2015 Outstanding Patient Experience Award™. Huntington Hospital was identified as providing outstanding performance in the delivery of a positive experience for patients during their hospital stay. The hospital was also recently named one of Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals, which makes the hospital in the top 1% in the nation for consistent, year-over-year superior clinical performance.

For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 40 million Medicare-patient records for nearly 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide, assessing hospital performance relative to each of 33 common conditions and procedures. 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 better than expected), 3-star (statistically as expected) and 1-star (statistically worse than expected) categories. Detailed performance information, such as cohort-specific outcomes data and quality achievements, as well as more information on the Healthgrades 2015 Report to the Nation, including the complete methodology, can be found at Healthgrades.com/Quality.

*Statistics are based on Healthgrades analysis of MedPAR data for years 2011 through 2013 and represent 3-year estimates for Medicare patients only.

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