Saddleback Medical Center—Among America’s 50 Best Hospitals—Nationally Recognized by Healthgrades in Multiple Categories

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Saddleback Medical Center—Among America’s 50 Best Hospitals—Nationally Recognized by Healthgrades in Multiple Categories

Study of 4,500 Hospitals’ Patient Outcomes Places Saddleback Medical Center Among Top Nationally; Achieving Excellence in Pulmonary, Orthopedic Surgeries, Coronary Procedures, Knee Replacements, Colorectal Surgeries; Treatment of Heart Attacks, Hip Fractures, Pneumonia, Sepsis

Saddleback Medical Center—consistently named one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals by Healthgrades, 100 Best for Cardiac and Pulmonary Care and Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Care—has again been recognized by Healthgrades in multiple clinical areas of excellence.

These include achievements as among Top in the Nation for Orthopedic Surgery and the highest five-star ratings for many centers of excellence including orthopedics, joint replacements and cardiac, pulmonary and gastrointestinal care.

Healthgrades, the leading online resource that helps consumers make informed decisions about selecting health care providers, evaluated nearly 45 million Medicare inpatient records at 4,500 hospitals for the most common inpatient procedures and conditions to identify best-performing hospitals.

“Healthgrades recognition of Saddleback Medical Center is a direct result of our strategic and systematic approach to constantly improving the quality and outcomes of patient care,” says Daniel La Mont, M.D., cardiologist and Saddleback Medical Center Chief of Staff. “It takes teamwork, constant communication and a sincere dedication to diligently improve the patient care experience. That’s our mission and we take great pride in our achievements.”

This has been an award-winning year for Saddleback Medical Center. Earlier, it was named one of Healthgrades 2016 America’s 50 Best Hospitals. Only 1 percent of U.S. hospitals achieve this honor reflecting consistent, sustained clinical performance and superior patient outcomes over several years. Recently, it was named Orange County’s Best Hospital for the third consecutive year by Orange County Register readers.

“This tremendous, ongoing recognition by Healthgrades and others is a tribute to our thousands of extraordinary physicians, nurses and other clinicians, employees and loyal volunteers, donors and supporters who dedicate themselves to providing exceptional care to the communities we serve,” says Marcia Manker, CEO of Saddleback Medical Center.

Saddleback Medical Center was awarded five stars—defined as statistically significantly better than expected—for these specific treatments and procedures:

  • Treatment of Heart Attack 8 Years in a Row
  • Coronary Interventional Procedures 2 Years in a Row
  • Total Knee Replacement 5 Years in a Row
  • Hip Fracture Treatment 4 Years in a Row
  • Treatment of Pneumonia 13 Years in a Row
  • Colorectal Surgeries 7 Years in a Row
  • Treatment of Sepsis 12 Years in a Row
  • Treatment of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

“The Healthgrades Report to the Nation reveals striking disparities in quality at the local level, and underscores why it is vital for consumers to understand outcomes performance at alternative hospitals for specific conditions and procedures,” said Evan Marks, Chief Strategy Officer for Healthgrades. “Hospitals like Saddleback Medical Center that have achieved the Healthgrades distinction demonstrate a commitment to exceptional quality care. In an environment where consumers have more choices about where to receive their care, a hospital’s commitment to achieving a superior degree of quality for their patients is more important than ever.”

Healthgrades has also honored Saddleback Medical Center for Treatment of Heart Failure (2008-2016), Treatment of GI Bleed (2009-2016) and Treatment of Diabetic Emergencies (2015-2016).

The results of the Healthgrades’ studies show wide gaps in outcomes: Healthgrades found patients treated from 2013-2015 at hospitals receiving a five-star rating like Saddleback Medical Center have, on average, a 71 percent lower risk of dying and a 65 percent lower risk of experiencing one or more complications during a hospital stay than if they were treated at a hospital receiving a one-star rating in that procedure or condition.

From 2013-2015, if all hospitals as a group performed similarly to hospitals receiving five-stars as a group, on average 223,412 lives could potentially have been saved and 162,215 complications could potentially avoided.

Patients have varying relative risk for complications and mortality with common surgeries. Patients having surgery in hospitals rated five-stars have a lower risk of experiencing a complication or dying than if they were treated in a hospital rated as one-star in six common surgical procedures, according to Healthgrades.

For example, patients having knee replacement in hospitals rated 5-stars like Saddleback Medical Center have a 67 percent lower risk of experiencing a complication, or dying than if they were treated in hospitals rated 1-star.