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Holy Cross Gets High Marks Among Hospitals

Local hospital ranks in top five percent of positive patient outcome.

Providence Holy
Cross Medical Center
was named among the top 5 percent of hospitals in the nation for overall
clinical quality for the fourth consecutive year.


HealthGrades – the nation’s leading health care ratings
company – announced Providence Holy Cross again earned its Distinguished
Hospital for Clinical Excellence
Award.  The Mission Hills medical center was among 270 hospitals in the
nation that received the award, one based on low rates of both mortality and
medical complications.


“The credit goes to our incomparable staff, our physicians
and especially to our nurses, who work as a team to provide not only the best
quality care, but the most compassionate care,” said Bernard Klein, M.D., chief
medical officer at Providence Holy Cross.


According to the HealthGrades study, patients admitted to a
hospital receiving this award are, on average, 27 percent less likely to die
and 8 percent less likely to suffer from major complications.


“It’s all based on clinical outcomes,” Chief Executive Kerry
Carmody said. “Being in the top five percent of clinical outcome in the country
is really what hospital care is about.”


Carmody said that the excellent nursing care helped with the
rating and Holy Cross being only one of four Nurse Magnet Hospitals in Los
Angeles made a difference.


“Only the top two percent of hospitals in the country
qualify. It took us four years to prepare for the survey and we are one of four
– Holy Cross, Cedars Sinai, UCLA and Childrens
Hospital. Nurses sit at the board
level, are involved with decision making and are integral with everything we
do. They work collaboratively with physicians with care plans and processes and
that’s what sets nurse magnets apart.”


“It really is a reflection of the team we have here at Holy
Cross, the nurses and physicians and the other clinicians,” he said.


The independent study included 5,000 hospitals. The
HealthGrades study also found that Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical
Excellence improved patient outcomes at a greater rate in more procedures and
diagnoses than all other hospitals, lowering risk-adjusted mortality rates from
2005-07 by an average of 18 percent.   HealthGrades estimates that
171,424 lives could have been saved in those three years if all Medicare
patients were treated at these top hospitals.


In a recent national survey of physicians, Providence
Holy Cross Medical
Center ranked in the 97th
percentile in these key queries:

·         Rate your
satisfaction with Providence Holy
Cross Medical Center

·         What
hospital to do you recommend for your family and friends?

·         What
hospital has the best overall quality of care?


These findings – as well as today’s HealthGrades clinical
excellence award – are gratifying for the medical center, which suffers from
chronic overcrowding. In recent weeks Providence Holy Cross has exceeded
capacity, prompting great focus on a 136-bed expansion that has been halted in
mid-construction by a lawsuit. Providence
is urging the Los Angeles City Council to reaffirm its approval of the project
and allow work to resume.


To achieve Nurse Magnet status, a hospital nursing staff
must meet the highest standard of patient care, nursing practice and quality
patient outcomes, according to the American
Nurses Credentialing


This is the seventh year that HealthGrades has independently
analyzed the clinical quality performance of hospitals across the country in 26
procedures and diagnoses. In the Distinguished Hospital Study, the company
reviewed nearly 41 million hospitalization records from the Centers for
Medicare and Medicaid Services, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human
Services, over from 2005 through 2007. 


The complete list of 2008 Distinguished Hospital Award
recipients and ratings of all hospitals is available at


Holy Cross Gets High Marks Among Hospitals

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