Four Providence Medical Centers Awarded for Outstanding Care

June 18, 2014

Healthgrades Awards Hospitals for Safety and Women’s Care

Two Los Angeles Area Providence medical centers earned top patient safety awards from Healthgrades, a leading online consumer health care resource, and two others were lauded for their women’s health expertise.

Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance earned Healthgrades’ Patient Safety Excellence Achievement, the former ranking among the top 5 percent in the nation for two consecutive years, Healthgrades announced today.

In the San Fernando Valley, Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills and Providence Tarzana Medical Center earned the 2014 Women’s Health Excellence Achievement, ranking among the top 10 percent in the nation for women’s health care.

The Healthgrades Women’s Health Excellence Award recognizes hospitals for superior outcomes in women’s cardiovascular care, bone and joint health. Hospitals receiving this award represent the highest scoring of the nation's full-service hospitals in women's health based on 15 conditions and procedures. Women who go to a Healthgrades Women’s Health Excellence Award hospital have a lower risk of dying across eight heart-related conditions and procedures and a lower risk of complications across seven orthopedic and vascular procedures.

If all hospitals nationwide performed at the level of the Healthgrades 2014 Women’s Health Excellence Award hospitals, 22,737 women’s lives could have potentially been saved and 30,577 women could have avoided potential in-hospital complications.

Providence Saint John’s has received Healthgrades’ safety recognition for six consecutive years.

During the 2014 study period, covering data from 2010-12 , Patient Safety Excellence Award hospitals showed better than expected performance in providing safety for patients in the Medicare population, as measured by objective outcomes (risk-adjusted patient safety indicator rates) across 13 of the 14 patient safety indicators defined by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ.) If all hospitals performed at the same level of award recipients, 266,813 patient safety events among Medicare patients in U.S. hospitals potentially could have been avoided.

“Healthgrades is dedicated to providing quality information that helps consumers make decisions based on objective data leading to the best care for themselves and their families,” said Evan Marks, Executive Vice President, Informatics and Strategy, Healthgrades.

In January, Healthgrades honored the four Providence Health & Services, Southern California, hospitals, as well as Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, with its Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence – the first and only time all eligible hospitals in one system received this distinction.