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Washington Earns 2016 Distinguished Hospital Award from Healthgrades

Washington Hospital again has been recognized by Healthgrades as one of the top hospitals in the United States as a 2016 Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence and for excellence in patient safety in 2015. Healthgrades is a leading source of safety, quality and patient satisfaction information about hospitals and physicians.

The Hospital was listed in the top five percent for patient safety among the 5,000 hospitals evaluated by Healthgrades. Several clinical services within the Hospital also were cited for excellence by Healthgrades.

“The many awards and recognitions Washington Hospital has received this year are a tribute to the excellent and hard work of our staff,” said Washington Hospital Chief Executive Officer Nancy Farber.

“All those who work at Washington Hospital — from the surgeons, to the staff, to the volunteers — are to be commended for their commitment to our Patient First Ethic which is reflected in the outcomes cited by Healthgrades,” Farber said.

Washington Hospital was one of 58 hospitals in California to receive the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence, and one of only 44 to receive the award two years in a row. In the Bay Area, the Hospital was one of 20 to win the award and only one of 12 to win it two years in a row.

The Hospital’s Institute for Joint Restoration and Research was named one of America’s 100 best joint replacement programs. Orthopedic surgery and general surgery also were named among the 100 best in America.

Eight other programs were named as Five-Star Recipients, several having received this honor for more than one year: Total Hip Replacement (13 years in a row), Total Knee Replacement (11 years in a row), Treatment of Heart Attack, Treatment of Pneumonia, Women’s Health, Esophageal/Stomach Surgeries (three years in a row), Treatment of Sepsis (two years in a row), and treatment of Stroke (three years in a row). Five Star Recipients score in the top 15 percent for outcomes better than expected.

In the Bay Area, Washington Hospital was ranked the lowest in major complications from total hip replacement surgery, and the second lowest in major complications from knee replacement surgery.

Healthgrades independently analyzes each short-term acute care hospital in the country using three years of Medicare patient data. Hospitals may not opt-in or opt-out and the Healthgrades statistical model compares actual versus predicted performance for specific patient outcomes. Both mortality rates and complication rates are measured in determining the Healthgrades assessments.

“All of us at Washington Hospital are very pleased with our Healthgrades awards,” Farber added. “We are committed to continued improvement in caring for our patients and in providing the very best medical care to everyone who comes through our doors.”