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|Virginia Mason Named One of America’s 100 Best Hospitals by Healthgrades for Third Year|
SEATTLE - (Feb. 23, 2016) — Virginia Mason announced today it has received the 2016 America’s 100 Best Hospitals Award™ from Healthgrades, making this the third consecutive year it has earned this recognition for clinical quality.
Virginia Mason ranks among the top 2 percent of more than 4,500 hospitals evaluated nationwide for its consistent, year-over-year superior clinical performance across a broad spectrum of care as measured by Healthgrades.
Virginia Mason is also the only hospital in Washington state to receive the 2016 award from Healthgrades, an online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.
Award winners are determined through Healthgrades’ independent evaluation of clinical outcomes for Medicare patients. From 2012 through 2014, patients treated at a hospital receiving this year’s award had, on average, a 26.5 percent lower risk of dying than if they were treated at a hospital that did not receive the award, based on 19 rated procedures and conditions for which in-hospital mortality was the outcome.
During this same period, if all hospitals had performed at the level of Virginia Mason and the other award recipients, an estimated 170,699 lives could potentially have been saved, according to Healthgrades.
“Our analysis shows that there is tremendous variation in care, so it’s important for consumers to carefully research and choose a hospital,” said Evan Marks, chief strategy officer, Healthgrades. “We commend the recipients of the America’s 100 Best Hospitals Award for delivering exceptional clinical outcomes that help them stand out from their peers in terms of overall clinical performance.”
Healthgrades evaluates clinical outcomes for 32 of the most common inpatient conditions and procedures at more than 4,500 hospitals in the United States annually. No hospital can opt-in or opt-out of being evaluated, and no hospital pays to be evaluated. Mortality and complication rates are risk-adjusted, which takes into account differing levels of severity of patient illness at different hospitals and allows for hospitals to be compared equally.
The 100 Best Hospitals Award follows the 2016 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence that Virginia Mason received from Healthgrades in January. In that recognition, Virginia Mason earned five stars, the most possible, for the treatment of several conditions, including heart failure, stroke and pneumonia.
To learn more about America’s 100 Best Hospitals Award program, visit healthgrades.com/quality.
About Virginia Mason
Virginia Mason also includes Yakima-based Memorial Family of Services and Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital, a 226-bed facility serving the Yakima Valley in Central Washington since 1950. Memorial Family of Services comprises primary care practices and specialty care services, including high quality cardiac care, a continuum of cancer care, hospice care, and advanced services for children with special health care needs. Memorial online: YakimaMemorial.org