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4 Providence Southern California hospitals earn Healthgrades’ top honors

Monday March 3, 2014
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Providence Southern California earned top state honors Jan. 21 as the first health system in California to win Healthgrades’ Distinguished Hospital Award for all four of its hospitals eligible to be evaluated for the honor, according to a
news release.

Healthgrades, a consumer ratings company, awarded this distinction to hospitals ranking among the top 5% in the nation for performance on 27 of the most common diagnoses and procedures. The results mean better outcomes for seriously ill patients, according to the release.

Hospitals honored

Providence Holy Cross, Providence Saint Joseph and Providence Tarzana medical centers in the San Fernando Valley and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance were among the 262 medical centers in the U.S. recognized with the Distinguished Hospitals Award for
Clinical Excellence.

“Every Providence caregiver stands on the shoulders of our founding sisters, whose 157-year tradition of excellence and compassion lives today in all our ministries,” Michael Hunn, senior vice president and chief executive, Providence Health & Services, Southern California, said in the release. “We are proud to be recognized by Healthgrades for our successes in providing the best care for
our patients.”

Nearly 31% lower mortality rate

Distinguished Hospitals, as a group, have a 30.9% lower risk-adjusted in-hospital mortality rate across 18 conditions and procedures as compared to all other U.S. hospitals evaluated. Healthgrades estimates that, if all other U.S. hospitals performed at this high level from 2009 through 2011, 164,414 deaths nationwide potentially could have been prevented.

For hospitals to be eligible for this award, they were evaluated in at least 19 of 27 conditions and procedures studied by Healthgrades. Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center San Pedro, the fifth Providence medical center in the Southern California region, was not eligible to compete for
the award.


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