Wednesday, February 22, 2017

EvergreenHealth joins elite group of America's 100 Best Hospitals

EvergreenHealth Medical Center
The health system’s recognition comes during its 45th anniversary

Kirkland, Wash. – This week, Healthgrades named EvergreenHealth to its 2017 America’s 100 Best Hospitals™ list, recognizing the health care system’s high-quality patient care. The distinction places EvergreenHealth among an elite group of hospitals nationwide, which represent the top 2 percent of more than 4,500 U.S. hospitals, recognized for consistent, year-over-year superior clinical performance across a broad spectrum of care.

Recipients of the Healthgrades 2017 America’s 100 Best Hospitals Award were selected based on outstanding performance in clinical outcomes for patients in the Medicare population across many of the most common inpatient conditions and procedures during the 2017 study period (2013-2015). Healthgrades is the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.

“As we celebrate our 45th year of serving the community, this award reflects our unwavering commitment to continued improvement and dedication to all those we serve,” said EvergreenHealth CEO Bob Malte. “The honor of being one of America’s 100 best hospitals has been earned by every doctor, nurse, staff person and volunteer across our system who, over our history, have advanced our culture of collaborative care to ultimately achieve better outcomes for our patients.”


EvergreenHealth is one of only two Washington state hospitals to earn the 100 Best distinction this year. The accolade joins numerous other national achievements recognizing EvergreenHealth for quality care over the past year, including:
  • a 5-Star Overall Rating from the Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS), one of only 83 in the country;
  • a Leapfrog “A” Hospital Safety Grade;
  • recognition as one of U.S. News & World Report's "Best Regional Hospitals;”
  • Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence for the eighth time in nine years; and
  • a Truven Top 100 Hospital award.

From 2013 through 2015, patients treated in hospitals achieving Healthgrades America's 100 Best Hospitals Award have, on average, a 27.1 percent lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive this award, as measured across 19 rated conditions and procedures where mortality is the outcome.

During this same period, if all other hospitals, as a group, performed at the level of America’s 100 Best Hospitals Award recipients, an average of 179,438 lives could potentially have been saved. For example, patients treated at a hospital that has achieved the America’s 100 Best Hospitals Award had, on average, a 33.2 percent lower risk of dying during their hospital stay for heart failure than if treated at a hospital that did not receive the award.

EvergreenHealth’s addition to the Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals Award comes as it also celebrates 45 years of service to the Puget Sound region’s Eastside community.

“Throughout our organization’s history, we’ve remained resolute to deliver upon our mission of advancing the health of our community through a dedication to high-quality, safe, compassionate and cost-effective health care,” Malte added. “National recognition for this focus on our mission is rewarding, but certainly not what drives us each day. The health of our patients is at the heart of everything we do.”

To learn more about how Healthgrades determines America’s 100 Best Hospitals Award recipients, please visitwww.healthgrades.com/quality.

For more information about EvergreenHealth’s commitment to quality and safety and exceptional care, visitwww.evergreenhealth.com.


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About Healthgrades
Healthgrades, headquartered in Denver, Colorado, is the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. Today, nearly one million people a day use the Healthgrades websites to search, compare and connect with hospitals and physicians based on the most important measures when selecting a healthcare provider: experience, hospital quality and patient satisfaction. For more information about Healthgrades, visit www.healthgrades.comor download the Healthgrades iPhone app.

About EvergreenHealth
EvergreenHealth is an integrated health care system that serves nearly one million residents in King and Snohomish counties and offers a breadth of services and programs that is among the most comprehensive in the region. More than 1,000 physicians provide clinical excellence in over 80 specialties, including heart and vascular care, oncology, surgical care, orthopedics, neurosciences, women’s and children’s services, pulmonary care and home care and hospice services. Formed as a public hospital district in 1972, EvergreenHealth includes a 318-bed acute care medical center in Kirkland, a network of 10 primary care practices, two urgent care centers, over two dozen specialty care practices and 24/7 emergency care at its Kirkland, Monroe, and Redmond campuses. In 2015, the system expanded to include EvergreenHealth Monroe – an accredited, full-service 74-bed public hospital district, established in 1960 in Monroe, Washington. EvergreenHealth has clinical and strategic partnerships with several health care entities, including Virginia Mason, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and dozens of independent practices that are part of the clinically integrated EvergreenHealth Partners network and the Puget Sound High Value Network. In addition to clinical care, EvergreenHealth offers extensive community health outreach and education programs, anchored by the 24/7 EvergreenHealth Nurse Navigator & Healthline.

In 2016, EvergreenHealth achieved its eighth designation in the last nine years (2009-2012, and 2014-2017) as a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence from Healthgrades®, and in 2017 it was named one of Healthgrades 2017 America’s 100 Best Hospitals placing it among the top 2 percent of hospitals nationwide, based on its outstanding clinical performance. EvergreenHealth was also named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Truven Health Analytics™ in the “Large Community Hospitals” category for outstanding achievements in patient care, operational efficiency and financial strength. For more information, visit www.evergreenhealth.com.

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