EvergreenHealth Named Among America’s 50 Best Hospitals by Healthgrades
The health system is one of two hospitals in Washington state to place in the top 1% of hospitals nationwide
Kirkland, Wash. – Today EvergreenHealth announced that it has been named among America’s 50 Best™ hospitals by Healthgrades, which places the Kirkland-based health system among the top 1% of hospitals across the United States. EvergreenHealth is just one of two hospitals in Washington state to earn this recognition as part of Healthgrades’ 2021 Report to the Nation.
To determine America’s 50 Best Hospitals for 2021, Healthgrades independently evaluated about 4,500 hospitals across the country, analyzing a range of metrics and inpatient data to measure quality and safety across multiple specialty lines and areas. During the study period (Medicare fiscal years 2017-2019), hospitals needed to demonstrate superior performance in clinical outcomes for patients in the Medicare population across at least 21 of 32 most comment inpatient conditions and procedures—as measured by objective performance data.
Since 2014, EvergreenHealth has placed among Healthgrades’ top 250 hospitals each year for eight consecutive years, and it has placed among Healthgrades’ top 100 hospitals for five consecutive years, beginning in 2017.
“This is a meaningful milestone, reflective of our mission to advance the health of our community with access to the highest quality, safe health care. Across our health system, we are humbled and honored to be recognized among this top tier of hospitals in the U.S.,” said Jeff Tomlin, MD, CEO of EvergreenHealth. “Recognitions like this are made possible by the contributions of every physician, staff member and volunteer who are dedicated to upholding the highest standards for patient care.”
According to Healthgrades, from 2017 through 2019, if all hospitals performed similarly to those achieving Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award, 177,026 lives could potentially have been saved. For example, patients treated for community acquired pneumonia at a hospital that achieved the award had, on average, a 35.9% lower risk of dying during their hospital stay than if treated at a hospital that did not receive the award.*
During that same time frame, patients treated in hospitals achieving the award had, on average, a 25.7% lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the award, as measured across 19 rated conditions and procedures for which mortality is the outcome.*
Healthgrades’ 2021 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 patients’ health outcomes across the U.S. According to Healthgrades, providing patients with access to data can help them to better understand personal risk and in turn, help them take steps to improve their health. For example, a patient who receives care at a top-rated hospital is at a lesser risk of suffering from complications or even death, than a patient who receives care at a lower rated hospital.
“COVID-19 has profoundly changed the delivery of health care but what is unchanged is the importance of high-quality care. Those hospitals that achieved the America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award have exhibited a long-standing commitment to quality and superior clinical outcomes, which differentiates them from other health care organizations. We applaud their ongoing efforts,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades.
In addition to receiving recognition among the top 1% of hospitals in Washington state, EvergreenHealth also earned awards for excellence in stroke care, pulmonary care, gastrointestinal care and general surgery. In fact, 2021 marked the 16th year in row that the health system has been recognized for excellence in pulmonary care and the 12th year in a row that EvergreenHealth has ranked among the nation’s top hospitals for stroke care.
To learn more about how Healthgrades determines award recipients, and for more information on Healthgrades Quality Solutions, please visit www.healthgrades.com/quality.
For more information about EvergreenHealth’s commitment to quality and safety and exceptional care, visit www.evergreenhealth.com.