By Staff Reports
(Apple Valley)– St. Mary Medical Center was recognized recently by Healthgrades, a leading consumer health information site that named the Apple Valley hospital among the top hospitals in the nation for a variety of specialties.
St. Mary received a total of 16 awards and recognitions, including its listing among America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Stroke Care. Healthgrades is a leading consumer resource for health information.
The hospital also earned excellence awards for stroke care for the second straight year and pulmonary care for the third year in a row. Other honors include repeat five-star awards for exemplary care in neurosciences, treatment of pneumonia, gastrointestinal conditions and three areas of critical care: treatment of sepsis and diabetes emergencies, and for the first time, five stars for treatment of pulmonary embolism.
“Our physicians and clinical teams continue to build upon our tradition of excellence and compassion,” said Randall Castillo, St. Mary chief executive. “We are living through extraordinary times, and day after day I’m overwhelmed with pride at our staff’s commitment to provide the best possible care for each and every patient.”
Healthgrades’ analysis shows that patients treated at hospitals receiving 5-stars rating have a lower risk of dying and a lower risk of experiencing one or more complications during a hospital stay than if they were treated at hospitals receiving 1-star ratings in that procedure or condition. From 2017 through 2019, if all hospitals as a group performed similarly to hospitals receiving 5-stars as a group, on average, 218,785 lives could potentially have been saved and complications in 148,681 patients could potentially have been avoided.
St. Mary, along with its 10 sister hospitals across Providence Southern California and the seven-state Providence system, share expertise, innovation and research to consistently raise the level of excellence through the 51 hospitals.
Each year, Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance at nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 32 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions, primarily using Medicare data.
“The importance of hospital quality is top of mind for consumers, as they are becoming more aware of the differences of care provided by different hospitals,” said Brad Bowman, M.D., chief medical officer, Healthgrades. “Consumers can feel confident knowing that hospitals that are recognized for their performance in specialty care provide high quality care and superior outcomes.”