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Washington Hospital Receives HealthGrades Patient Safety Excellence Award

April 19, 2011

Center for Joint Replacement Ranked #1 in California

 During the April 13, 2011 meeting of the Washington Township Health Care District Board of Directors, it was announced that Washington Hospital was the recipient of the 2011 HealthGrades Award for Patient Safety Excellence, which places the Hospital among the top five percent in the nation for Patient Safety according to HealthGrades.

Washington Hospital is the only hospital in the East Bay and among one of only 268 hospitals nationally to receive this distinction. HealthGrades is the leading, nationwide health care ratings, information, and advisory services company. The company uses proprietary, objective provider ratings and expert advisory services, to compile its ratings. HealthGrades produces its ranking and ratings in a report released annually.

"This wonderful accomplishment belongs to everyone in the organization -- all of the doctors, employees and volunteers," said Nancy Farber, chief executive officer of Washington Hospital Healthcare System. "It is a tremendous reflection of everyone’s commitment to the Patient First Ethic at Washington Hospital."

CJR Ranked #1 in California

HealthGrades has also named Washington Hospital’s Center for Joint Replacement (CJR) as the number one joint replacement program in California. CJR has now been ranked among the top 10 in California for six years in a row and has been ranked among the top five percent in the nation for five years in a row.

"The distinction from HealthGrades is especially noteworthy because it is the result of the cumulative efforts of everyone affiliated with the Center for Joint Replacement," says Dr. John Dearborn, orthopedic surgeon and medical director of the Center for Joint Replacement. "Being ranked number one in California confirms the fact that the CJR staff provides high level, patient-focused care on a daily basis."

Washington Hospital received several distinctions from HealthGrades in 2011 including:


  • Ranked Among the Top 15% in the Nation for Treatment of Stroke
  • Five Star Rated for Treatment of Stroke


  • Ranked #1 in California for Joint Replacemen
  • Ranked Among the Top 10 in California for Joint Replacement – Six Years in a Row
  • Ranked Among the Top 5% in Nation for Joint Replacement – Five Years in a Row
  • 5 Star Rated for Joint Replacement Six Years in a Row
  • 5 Star Rated for Total Knee Replacements Six Years in a Row
  • 5 Star Rated for Total Hip Replacements Eight Years in a Row
  • 5 Star Rated for Back and Neck Surgery Two Years in a Row

"Many of Washington Hospital’s programs and services have been certified or commended for excellence during the past year and I’m proud to see that the collaborative efforts of physicians and staff to improve patient care are receiving well deserved recognition," said Patricia Danielson, RHIT, president of Washington Township Health Care District Board of Directors. "The residents in this District have come to expect the best care from Washington Hospital and the distinction of the patient safety award from HealthGrades helps confirm the aggressive efforts of Washington Hospital’s staff to create a safe environment for patients to receive care."

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