2015 Healthgrades Report Recognizes Marin General Hospital Among the Nation’s Top Hospitals for Clinical Excellence

GREENBRAE, CA — Today Marin General Hospital announced that Healthgrades, a leading online rating organization that provides information to consumers on the quality and safety of the nation’s hospitals, has named the hospital as one of America’s Top 100 Hospitals for cardiac care for the second year in a row. The hospital was also named among America’s Top 100 Hospitals for stroke care for 2015.

In addition, Healthgrades recognized Marin General Hospital’s superior clinical outcomes with Specialty Excellence Awards in cardiac care, cardiac surgery, gastrointestinal services, general surgery, neurosciences and stroke care. Six specialty areas received 5-star ratings in treatment for heart attack; sepsis (severe blood infection); pancreatitis; gallbladder removal surgery; prostate removal surgery; and stroke. A 5-star rating indicates that Marin General Hospital’s clinical outcomes are better than expected when treating the condition or conducting the procedure being evaluated.

Marin General Hospital also ranked in the top 10% and 5% of the nation’s hospitals in cardiac surgery, overall cardiac services, treatment of stroke, general surgery and gastrointestinal services.

Healthgrades is the leading online resource helping consumers make informed decisions in order to find the right doctor, the right hospital and the right care. This achievement was released with other new findings in the Healthgrades 2015 Report to the Nation, which evaluates hospital performance at more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 33 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions.

“When the hospital returned to local control four years ago, one of our highest priorities was to ensure that medical excellence is a hallmark of care at Marin General Hospital,” says Chief Executive Officer Lee Domanico. “This recognition from Healthgrades showing that we are performing at the highest levels in these clinical areas, in some cases for the second and third year in a row, indicates just how far we have come on this journey.”

“These awards not only recognize superior outcomes, but also the hard work, dedication and commitment to excellence by every member of the Marin General Hospital team,” Domanico continues.

The new report highlights the disparity in hospital performance for specific conditions and procedures and the impact that this variation may have on health outcomes. For example, from 2011-2013, if all hospitals as a group, performed similarly to hospitals receiving 5-stars as a group, on average 228,426 lives could potentially have been saved and 169,298 complications could potentially have been avoided.*

“The Healthgrades analysis shows that not all hospitals perform equally in all procedures, so it is important that consumers do their homework when selecting a hospital,” said Evan Marks, Chief Strategy Officer, Healthgrades. “Those hospitals that have achieved the Healthgrades distinction have demonstrated a commitment to exceptional clinical quality care.”

For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 40 million Medicare-patient records for nearly 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide, assessing hospital performance relative to each of 33 common conditions and procedures. Healthgrades recognizes a hospital’s quality achievements for cohort-specific performance, specialty area performance, and overall clinical quality. Individual procedure or condition cohorts are designated as 5-star (statistically better than expected), 3-star (statistically as expected) and 1-star (statistically worse than expected) categories. Detailed performance information, such as cohort-specific outcomes data and quality achievements, as well as more information on the Healthgrades 2015 Report to the Nation, including the complete methodology, can be found at www.healthgrades.com/quality.

*Statistics are based on Healthgrades analysis of MedPAR data for years 2011 through 2013 and represent 3-year estimates for Medicare patients only.

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