Saddleback Memorial Medical Center Named One of America’s 50 Best Hospitals by Healthgrades for Third Consecutive Year

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Only 1% of Nation’s 4,500 Hospitals Honored for Consistent Clinical Performance

For the third consecutive year, Saddleback Memorial Medical Center received Healthgrades 2017 America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award. The distinction places Saddleback Memorial in the top 1% of more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide for consistent, year-over-year superior clinical performance as measured by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.

“The Healthgrades analysis of clinical outcomes shows tremendous variation in care, so it’s important for consumers to research and select a hospital that will provide high-quality care,” said Brad Bowman, chief medical officer, Healthgrades. “We commend the recipients of the America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award for delivering exceptional clinical outcomes, which will help them stand out from their peers.”

America's 50 Best Hospitals are differentiated by their overall clinical excellence, exhibit superior performance in caring for patients across a broad spectrum of care for a minimum of six years and demonstrates an institutional commitment to clinical quality.

“Continually being included among America’s 50 Best Hospitals is a testament to the 3,400 members of our outstanding, compassionate team who work tirelessly to ensure patients receive extraordinary care and superior clinical outcomes,” says Saddleback Memorial CEO Marcia Manker. “Saddleback Memorial will always be a place where physicians love practicing medicine, employees commit their lives to serving patients and families, and volunteers and donors give enormous time and resources to making a difference in the lives of those who live and work in our communities.”

From 2013 through 2015—the period of study for the award—patients treated in hospitals like Saddleback Memorial achieving Healthgrades America's 50 Best Hospitals Award™ on average, have had a 26.1% lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals not receiving this award, as measured across 19 rated conditions and procedures where mortality is the outcome. During this same period, if all other hospitals as a group had performed at the level of America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award™ recipients across these 19 procedures and conditions, on average 176,473 lives could potentially have been saved. For example, patients treated at a hospital like Saddleback Memorial that has achieved the America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award™ had, on average, a 29.9% lower risk of dying during their hospital stay for Heart Failure than if treated at a hospital that did not receive the award.

In addition to America’s Top 50 Hospitals honors representing the top 1% of hospitals, Saddleback Memorial has remained among the nation’s best for many years, including achieving Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ for the top 5% of U.S. hospitals (2010-2017); Healthgrades 2017 America's 100 Best Hospitals for Pulmonary Care™; Orthopedic Specialty Excellence Award; and among the Top 10% in the Nation for Orthopedic Surgery. Saddleback Memorial was also named a Five-Star Recipient in many clinical categories, including for Coronary Interventional Procedures for two consecutive years (2016-2017); Treatment of Heart Attack (2010-2017); Total Knee Replacement (2013-2017); Hip Fracture Treatment (2014-2017); Treatment of Pneumonia (2005-2017; Treatment of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (2017); Colorectal Surgeries (2011-2017); and Treatment of Sepsis (2006-2017).

"All Saddleback Memorial physicians join me in expressing our excitement to be part of this wonderful hospital where delivering exceptional care is part of our DNA," says Saddleback Memorial Chief of Staff Kathleen Sullivan, M.D. "We are especially pleased with the comprehensive ratings methodology used by Healthgrades that evaluates our hospital quality based on clinical outcomes. Our clinical outcomes have been top tier. This analysis is based on more than 45 million medical claims records for the most recent three-year time period from nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide."