Kirkland, Wash. – For the fourth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report recognized EvergreenHealth as one of the top health care organizations in the region for its outstanding clinical care and service. U.S. News compared nearly 5,000 medical centers nationwide in 25 specialties, procedures and conditions, and evaluated more than 500 regional hospitals from states and metro areas across the country to compile this year’s list.
“As care providers, our mission guides us to continually strive to provide our community with the highest quality, safest, most cost-effective care and an exceptional experience. U.S. News & World Report’s consistent recognition of our system’s clinical care is confirmation of the commitment that our physicians, staff and volunteers dedicate every day to enrich the lives of all those we serve,” said EvergreenHealth CEO Bob Malte.
U.S. News & World Report recognizes hospitals that excel in providing the best care for the most serious or complicated medical conditions and procedures. EvergreenHealth’s “High Performing” national rank in gastroenterology & GI surgery, nephrology and pulmonology specialty care areas, as well as, its “High Performing” national marks for heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) treatments and procedures, contributed to this year’s rankings.
The publication’s annual “Best Hospitals” rankings, now in their 27th year, help to guide patients seeking the best possible choices for health care in their community.
“We strive to provide patients with the highest-quality information on hospitals available,” said Ben Harder, chief of health analysis at U.S. News. “Driving for broader transparency and evaluating hospitals in a comprehensive, fair way reflects that mission.”
The specialty rankings and data were produced for U.S. News by RTI International, a leading research organization based in Research Triangle Park, N.C.
The Best Hospitals methodology includes objective measures such as patient survival, number of patients, infection rates and adequacy of nurse staffing, among other care-related indicators. This year the methodology also includes adjustments to account for patients’ socioeconomic statuses and credits health systems that make key cardiology and heart surgery data publicly available. Additionally, this year U.S. News evaluated hospitals in four new areas: abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, aortic valve surgery, colon cancer surgery and lung cancer surgery.
The rankings are featured in print in the U.S. News Best Hospitals 2017 guidebook, and will be available at bookstores and newsstands in August and online for pre-sale on the publication’s website.
For more information about EvergreenHealth, visit www.evergreenhealth.com.
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EvergreenHealth is an integrated health care system that serves nearly one million 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 1,000 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, Monroe, and Redmond campuses. In 2015, the system expanded to include EvergreenHealth Monroe – an accredited, full-service 74-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 and the Puget Sound High Value Network. In addition to clinical care, EvergreenHealth offers extensive community health outreach and education programs, anchored by the 24/7 EvergreenHealth Nurse Navigator & Healthline.
In 2016, EvergreenHealth achieved its seventh designation (2009-2012, and 2014-2016) as a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence from Healthgrades®, placing it among the top 5 percent of hospitals nationwide, based on its outstanding clinical performance; and was named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Truven Health Analytics™ in the “Large Community Hospitals” category for outstanding achievements in patient care, operational efficiency and financial strength. For more information, visit www.evergreenhealth.com.
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