For Immediate Release
Gardena, Calif., November 1, 2019 – Memorial Hospital of Gardena is 5-star rated for Heart Failure with positive outcomes according to a national report released by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for information about physicians and hospitals. This achievement is part of the Healthgrades 2020 Report to the Nation, which underscores the importance of hospital quality to both consumers and hospital leaders. Every year, Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance at nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 32 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions using Medicare data, and additional analyzes outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 15 states.
Variation in care has a significant impact on health outcomes. From 2016-2018, if all hospitals as a group performed similarly to hospitals receiving 5-stars as a group, on average, 220,019 lives could potentially have been saved and 149,403 complications could potentially have been avoided.* A 5-star rating indicates that Memorial Hospital of Gardena’s clinical outcomes are statistically significantly better than expected when treating the condition or performing the procedure being evaluated.
Additionally, from 2016 through 2018, patients treated for Heart Failure in hospitals with 5-stars for in-hospital mortality have, on average, 61.0 percent lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals with 1 star for in-house mortality.*
“Consumers have many choices when it comes to choosing a hospital where to receive care and the choice can be a matter of life and death,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Healthgrades. “The hospitals that have been recognized as 5-star rated for specific procedures and conditions stand out above the rest for the ongoing dedication and commitment to providing exceptional care to their patients.”
“It is an honor to receive this recognition from Healthgrades,” said Kathy Wojno, CEO of Memorial Hospital of Gardena. “This is a true testament to the hard work and dedication of our physicians, nurses and staff to provide exceptional care and ensure the safest possible measures are implemented.”
For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 45 million Medicare inpatient records for nearly 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide to assess hospital performance in 32 common conditions and procedures, and evaluated outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 15 states. Healthgrades recognizes a hospital’s quality achievements for cohort-specific performance, specialty area performance, and overall clinical quality. Individual procedure or condition cohorts are designated as 5-star (statistically significantly better than expected), 3-star (not statistically different from expected) and 1-star (statistically significantly worse than expected) categories. View the full list of Specialty Excellence AwardTM recipients here. The complete Healthgrades 2020 Report to the Nation and detailed study methodology, can be found at https://partners.healthgrades.com/healthgrades-quality-solutions/healthgrades-quality-awards/.
* Statistics are based on Healthgrades analysis of MedPAR data for years 2016 through 2018 and represent three-year estimates for Medicare patients only.
About Memorial Hospital of Gardena
Memorial Hospital of Gardena is a 172-bed hospital that has been serving Gardena and Los Angeles for over 50 years. With 103 acute beds and 69 sub-acute beds, the hospital offers affordable, high-quality healthcare with consistency and compassion. It is accredited by the Joint Commission and is a licensed provider for Medicare and Medi-Cal programs, along with many HMOs, PPOs and managed care organizations. The hospital offers a full range of services to meet the needs of the community, and includes a Family Practice Clinic, Rehabilitation Services, Primary Stroke Center, Wound Care Services and 24-hour Emergency Department. For more information visit mhg.avantihospitals.com.