Providence Tarzana Recognized with HealthGrades Excellence Award

March 29, 2012

A recent report released by HealthGrades, the nation’s leading independent source of physician information and hospital quality ratings, recognized all five Providence Health & Services, Southern California, medical centers - including Providence Tarzana Medical Center - for excellent clinical outcomes.

Choosing a hospital can be a life or death decision. HealthGrades’ report found that patients treated at 5-star rated hospitals experienced a 73 percent lower risk of mortality and a 63 percent lower risk of complications compared to 1-star rated hospitals. A quality comparison of doctors and hospitals in Los Angeles area can be found online at healthgrades.com.

Providence Tarzana Medical Center earned 10 five-star rankings among its 13 HealthGrades awards, many of these recognitions stemming from the hospital's outstanding cardiology and cardiovascular services:

  • Five-Star Rated for Treatment of Heart Failure for 10 Years in a Row
  • Recipient of the HealthGrades Pulmonary Care Excellence Award™
  • Ranked Among the Top 5% in the Nation for Overall Pulmonary Services
  • Ranked Among the Top 10 in CA for Overall Pulmonary Services
  • Five-Star Rated for Overall Pulmonary Services for 2 Years in a Row
  • Five-Star Rated for Treatment of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
  • Five-Star Rated for Treatment of Pneumonia for 3 Years in a Row
  • Recipient of the HealthGrades Vascular Surgery Excellence Award™ for 2 Years in a Row
  • Ranked Among the Top 5% in the Nation for Vascular Surgery for 2 Years in a Row
  • Ranked Among the Top 5 in CA for Vascular Surgery for 2 Years in a Row
  • Five-Star Rated for Vascular Surgery for 2 Years in a Row
  • Five-Star Rated for Carotid Surgery for 2 Years in a Row
  • Five-Star Rated for Peripheral Vascular Bypass for 2 Years in a Row
  • Five-Star Rated for GI Procedures and Surgeries
  • Five-Star Rated for Treatment of Bowel Obstruction
  • Five-Star Rated for Treatment of Sepsis for 2 Years in a Row

"Each of these awards represents a team effort by our physicians, nurses and all our staff members to provide the very best care for our patients," said Dale Surowitz, the hospital's chief executive. "Consumers now have so much access to healthcare information on how individual hospitals perform and these ratings help them find the best care."

Providence, a Catholic not-for-profit organization, operates Providence Holy Cross, Providence Saint Joseph and Providence Tarzana medical centers in the San Fernando Valley and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Centers in Torrance and San Pedro. Together the medical centers garnered 53 HealthGrades awards for quality.

"Patients today have a wide array options when it comes to choosing a healthcare provider," said Kerry Hicks, HealthGrades chief executive officer. "At HealthGrades, we are proud to have led the way for empowering patient choice based on objective clinical outcomes and access to actionable quality measures. We commend the Providence Health & Services, Southern California, hospitals for their superior quality and support of consumerism and transparency in the Los Angeles area."

Key findings of the HealthGrades 2011 Healthcare Consumerism and Hospital Quality in America report include:

Patients had, on average a 73% lower risk of dying in 5-star rated hospitals compared to 1-star rated hospitals, and a 54% lower risk of dying in 5-star rated hospitals compared to the national average.Patients, on average, were 63% less likely to experience in-hospital complications than patients at 1-star programs, and had a 43% lower chance of developing an in-hospital complication than the national average.

If all Medicare patients from 2008 through 2010 had been treated at 5-star hospitals, 240,040 lives could have potentially been saved.

If all Medicare patients from 2008 through 2010 had gone to 5-star hospitals for their procedures, 164,472 in-hospital complications could have potentially been avoided.