For the ninth consecutive year, Providence Saint John’s Health Center has received Healthgrades’ Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence.

Healthgrades, a consumer ratings company, awarded this distinction to hospitals that rank among the top 5 percent of more than 4,500 hospitals evaluated nationwide for outstanding clinical performance on at least 21 of 32 of the most common diagnoses and procedures. The results mean better outcomes for seriously ill patients.

For the second year in a row, Providence Health & Services, Southern California, is the only health care system in California to have all its eligible hospitals receive this national recognition.

“Health care has seen monumental changes in recent years and Providence is very fortunate to have physicians, nurses and other caregivers who have risen to the challenge of continuously providing the quality, compassionate and innovative care that is our tradition,” said Karl Carrier, interim chief executive, Providence Health & Services, Southern California. “We are proud to be recognized by Healthgrades for our successes and honored to be named among the nation’s best.”

From 2011 through 2013, Healthgrades Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence, as a group, had a 27.7 percent lower risk adjusted mortality rate across 19 procedures and conditions where in-hospital mortality was the clinical outcome, compared to all other hospitals.

Variation in hospitals’ performances exist locally as well as nationally. For example, of the 76 hospitals evaluated in the Los Angeles metropolitan area for treatment of sepsis, risk-adjusted in-hospital mortality rates ranged from 5.2 percent on the low end to 42.5 percent on the high end, more than an eight-fold difference in mortality rates.

For more information, visit providence.org or www.healthgrades.com.

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