Marin General Hospital Achieves Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence

Marin General Hospital Achieves Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence

Award granted to top 5% of hospitals nationwide, according to Healthgrades

GREENBRAE, CA — For the second year in a row, Marin General Hospital has received the 2015 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ from Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. The distinction places Marin General Hospital in the top five percent of the more than 4,500 hospitals evaluated nationwide based solely on its outstanding clinical performance. 

“This award is based on real data and careful methodology,” says Lee Domanico, Marin General CEO. “Every year, Healthgrades analyzes three years of Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) data for nearly 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide, assessing hospital performance for 19 conditions and procedures. Ranking in the top 5% shows we really are delivering quality care. This is a tribute to the hard work of our entire team, and we are especially proud to have consistently met such high standards two years in a row.”

From 2011 through 2013, Healthgrades Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence, as a group, had a 27.7% lower risk-adjusted mortality rate across 19 procedures and conditions where in-hospital mortality was the clinical outcome, compared to all other hospitals.  During this same period, if all other hospitals performed at the level of Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence across these 19 procedures and conditions, 163,488 lives could potentially have been saved.  For example, patients treated at a hospital that achieved the Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence Award had, on average, a 26.6% lower risk of dying from a stroke than if treated at a hospital that did not receive the award.

Variation in hospital performance exists locally as well as nationally. For example, of the 14 hospitals evaluated located in the San Francisco, CA metropolitan area for treatment of Heart Attack, risk-adjusted in-hospital mortality rates ranged from 4.2% on the low end to 9.0% on the high end, which is more than a 2-fold difference in mortality rates.

“Consumers today are assuming more and more responsibility for healthcare decisions and are increasingly relying on objective measures of quality to inform their selection of hospitals and physicians,” said Evan Marks, Chief Strategy Officer, Healthgrades.  “It is important for consumers to understand the variability in the nation’s hospitals so that they can make more informed choices. By selecting a hospital that has achieved the Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence, consumers can be confident that this hospital has demonstrated a long-standing commitment to exceptional clinical quality care.”

In addition to the Distinguished Hospital designation, Marin General Hospital also received dozens of service line awards from Healthgrades in the past few years, including being named one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Care™ two years in a row and were named one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Stroke Care™ in 2015. Other service lines receiving high marks included critical care, gastrointestinal, neuroscience, pulmonary and prostate.

The 261 recipients of the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ stand out among the rest for overall clinical excellence across a broad spectrum of care. During the 2015 study period (2011-2013), these hospitals showed superior performance in clinical outcomes for patients in the Medicare population across at least 21 of 32 of the most common inpatient conditions and procedures —as measured by objective clinical outcomes performance data (risk-adjusted mortality and in-hospital complications). To learn more about how Healthgrades determines Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ recipients, please visit