The health system is again among top performers in key patient outcomes according to a national Healthgrades study of nearly 4,500 hospitals
Kirkland, Wash. – Today, Healthgrades announced that EvergreenHealth is honored to again be named among America’s 100 Best™ hospitals in several specialty care areas. The five EvergreenHealth specialties recognized in Healthgrades’ 2020 Report to the Nation include stroke care, pulmonary care, gastrointestinal care, general surgery and critical care. These achievements are part of findings released this week by Healthgrades, which assess the quality of hospitals across the country based solely on patients' clinical outcomes.
EvergreenHealth is the only hospital in King County to rank among the nation’s top hospitals for pulmonary care for seven consecutive years, as well as the only hospital in the county to rank among the best for stroke care for five consecutive years. The health system achieved recognition for gastrointestinal care for the seventh consecutive year; general surgery for the sixth straight year; and for the fifth year in a row, it 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 11 years in a row.
“At EvergreenHealth, we are committed to serving our community by providing access to the highest quality care and service – and to us that means working together to continually achieve improved outcomes, like those recognized by Healthgrades today,” said Jeff Tomlin, MD, CEO of EvergreenHealth. “The dedication of every provider, staff member and volunteer is what makes awards such as these a reality, and we’re proud to recognize their commitment to exceptional care and to this community.”
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 2020 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. This year’s 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 2016-2018, if all hospitals as a group performed similarly to hospitals receiving five stars as a group, on average 220,019 lives could potentially have been saved and 149,403 complications could potentially have been avoided.
“As consumers navigate their health, it is important to consider a number of factors, including hospital quality, before deciding where to access care,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades. “Healthgrades’ America’s 100 Best Hospitals recognizes those hospitals that have proven their dedication to quality care and exceptional outcomes over time and we applaud their efforts and achievement.”
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 15 years in a row, treatment of stroke and sepsis for 11 consecutive years and the treatment of heart failure for 10 years in a row, among others.
The complete Healthgrades 2020 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.
A comprehensive list of EvergreenHealth’s 2020 Healthgrades distinctions include:
EvergreenHealth is an integrated health care system serving nearly one million residents in King and Snohomish counties with a breadth of services and programs that are among the most comprehensive in the region. Formed as a public hospital district in 1972, EvergreenHealth includes a 318-bed acute care medical center in Kirkland and a 72-bed hospital, EvergreenHealth Monroe, which is an accredited, full-service public hospital district established in 1960 in Monroe, Washington. The system also includes a network of 13 primary care practices, five urgent care centers, more than two dozen specialty care practices, and 24/7 emergency care from its Kirkland, Monroe and Redmond locations.
EvergreenHealth remains committed to its purpose to enrich the health and well-being of the community by providing clinical excellence in more than 80 specialties and through extensive community health outreach and education programs, anchored by the 24/7 EvergreenHealth Nurse Navigator & Healthline.
The health system is consistently named as one of Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals and it is one of only 293 hospitals nationwide to hold a 5-Star Overall Rating from the Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS). Learn more at www.evergreenhealth.com.
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