Providence Tarzana Medical Center Named Among Top 5 Percent of Nation’s Hospitals

January 15, 2013

Providence Tarzana Earns Healthgrades’ Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence

TARZANA (Jan. 15, 2013) – Providence Tarzana Medical Center has earned Healthgrades’ 2013 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence, awarded to the top five percent of more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide.

The award is for clinical performance measured by Healthgrades, a provider of comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.

Healthgrades tallied patient care data from 2009 through 2011 that included outcomes for Medicare patients treated for up to 27 of the most common conditions and procedures.

Providence Tarzana was among 262 hospitals across the United States that showed superior performance. In fact, similar performance at hospitals nationwide would have saved an estimated 164,414 lives over the two years, according to Healthgrades’ calculations.

“This is outstanding news. The credit goes to our great team of physicians, our nurses and to our entire staff for their focus on providing excellent and compassionate care for every patient,” said Jerry Clute, the hospital’s chief executive. “Providence Tarzana has a long tradition of providing the best care and continually looks for ways to be even better.”

Providence Health & Services acquired the former Tarzana Regional Medical Center in 2008, converting a top quality, corporate-owned hospital to faith-based and not-for-profit. Providence invested heavily in its new Tarzana campus, upgrading equipment and programs and encouraging experts to expert collaboration and sharing of best practices. The results are seen in the quality patient outcomes.

“Healthgrades helps consumers become more aware that hospital quality matters and differs significantly from one hospital to another, even in their own neighborhood,” said Evan Marks, executive vice president of Informatics and Strategy for Healthgrades. “Since selecting a physician and hospital strongly impacts patients’ odds of experiencing complications or emerging from their procedure alive and well, patients should familiarize themselves with the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence recipients since these hospitals stand out above the rest for their overall clinical performance across a broad spectrum of care.”

For information about Healthgrades, to download a full copy of the report or to get information about hospital and physician quality, visit www.healthgrades.com today.

About Providence Health & Services:

Providence Health & Services, Southern California, is a Catholic not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing quality and compassionate health care and reaching out to the poor and the vulnerable in the communities it serves. Providence Southern California operates five award-winning acute-care medical centers in the Los Angeles area, providing a full continuum of healthcare services: Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills, Providence Tarzana Medical Center, Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Centers in Torrance and San Pedro. The region also has numerous ancillary facilities including Hospice care, long-term care, numerous outpatient clinics, Providence Medical Institute, Providence High School and an affiliation with Facey Medical Group. For more information, visit California.providence.org

Healthgrades Hospital Quality Distinctions

Healthgrades evaluate hospital performance for over 4,500 hospitals across the nation in 28 procedures and conditions annually. Healthgrades.com provides information on objective measures of hospital performance, which allows consumers to compare their local hospitals online at www.healthgrades.com/find-a-hospital. Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance for nearly every hospital in the nation; 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.

About Healthgrades

Healthgrades, headquartered in Denver, Colorado, is a leading provider of comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. More than 200 million consumers use the Healthgrades websites to select and communicate with physicians and hospitals that best meet their treatment needs. Consumers are empowered through use of the Healthgrades proprietary information about clinical outcomes, satisfaction, safety, and health conditions to make more informed healthcare decisions and take action. For more information please visit www.healthgrades.com.