The health system is among the top performers in key patient outcomes according to a national Healthgrades study of nearly 4,500 hospitals
Kirkland, Wash. – Healthgrades today announced that EvergreenHealth is among America’s 100 Best™ hospitals in five specialties: stroke care, pulmonary care, gastrointestinal care, general surgery and critical care. These achievements are part of findings released this week in the Healthgrades 2019 Report to the Nation, which evaluates the quality of hospitals across the country based solely on patients' clinical outcomes.
EvergreenHealth is the only hospital in King County to rank among nation’s top hospitals for pulmonary care for six consecutive years and the only hospital in the county to rank among the best for stroke care for four consecutive years. The health system achieved recognition for gastrointestinal care for the sixth consecutive year, general surgery for the fifth straight year, and for the fourth year in a row, earned the distinction for critical care. Additionally, EvergreenHealth is the only health system in Washington state to receive the Healthgrades Stroke Care Excellence Award™ and a five-star rating for treatment of stroke for 10 years in a row.
“As a public hospital dedicated to providing our community with the highest quality care, we are honored to be named to Healthgrades’ 100 Best Hospitals list in five specialties,” said Amy Beiter, MD, CEO of EvergreenHealth. “Our committed providers, staff and volunteers make this achievement possible year after year, as they are passionate about identifying ways to improve our patient’s clinical outcomes. I am proud to represent our organization as we work together toward our mission of enhancing the health and well-being of every life we touch.”
Every year, Healthgrades analyzes three years of Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) data to produce a detailed report on mortality and complication rates, offering patients data-based resources to make informed healthcare decisions. The 2019 report analyzed patient records from nearly 4,500 acute care hospitals nationwide, assessing hospital performance relative to 32 common conditions and procedures. It identified the 100 best-performing hospitals across all conditions or procedures evaluated within ten clinical service areas.
To help consumers evaluate hospital performance specific to specialty service lines, 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 five-star (statistically significantly better than expected), three-star (not statistically different from expected) and one-star (statistically significantly worse than expected) categories. The latest report demonstrates how clinical performance continues to differ dramatically between hospitals nationally, regionally and at the local level, and the impact that this variation may have on health outcomes.
Understanding personal risk can help patients take steps that may improve the likelihood of successful treatment and recovery. A patient receiving care at a one-star rated hospital is at much greater risk of suffering a complication or death than a similar patient receiving care at a five-star rated hospital for the same procedure. For example, from 2015-2017, if all hospitals as a group performed similarly to hospitals receiving five-stars as a group, on average 222,210 lives could potentially have been saved and 157,210 complications could potentially have been avoided.
“With so many choices for care, consumers often find that their health journey can be difficult to navigate,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Healthgrades. “Information about hospital quality is helpful as they make decisions for their health, and EvergreenHealth has distinguished itself as an exceptional organization for clinical outcomes.”
EvergreenHealth’s dedication to patient-focused care and services is reflected in its year-over-year track record of earning Healthgrades’ five-star ratings in multiple areas of treatment. The health system earned five-star ratings in the treatment of pneumonia for 14 years in a row, treatment of stroke and sepsis for 10 consecutive years and the treatment of heart failure for nine years in a row, among others.
The complete Healthgrades 2019 Report to the Nation and detailed study methodology can be found at www.healthgrades.com/quality.
For more information about EvergreenHealth’s commitment to quality and safety and exceptional care, visit www.evergreenhealth.com/quality.
A comprehensive list of EvergreenHealth’s 2019 Healthgrades distinctions include:
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. A staff of 5,000 provides clinical excellence in over 80 specialties, including heart and vascular care, oncology, surgical care, orthopedics, neurosciences, women’s and children’s services, pulmonary care, infectious disease and travel medicine, 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 13 primary care practices, five 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 Overlake Medical Center, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and dozens of independent practices that are part of the clinically integrated Eastside Health 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 2017, EvergreenHealth achieved its ninth designation in the last 10 years (2009-2012, and 2014-2018) as a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence from Healthgrades® and was named one of Healthgrades 2019 America’s 100 Best Hospitals, placing it among the top 2 percent of hospitals nationwide based on its outstanding clinical performance. The health system was one of 750 hospitals in the country to earn an ‘A’ grade for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group and holds a 5-Star Overall Rating from the Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS), one of only 337 nationwide. For more information, visit www.evergreenhealth.com.
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