Salinas, CA (October 23, 2012) – Joint replacement, pulmonary services and stroke care at Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System (SVMHS) are ranked in the top 10% in the nation according to a new report from Healthgrades, the leading provider of information to help consumers make an informed decision about a physician or hospital.
The report, American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2013: Healthgrades Report to the Nation, evaluates how approximately 4,500 hospitals nationwide performed on risk-adjusted mortality and complication rates for nearly 30 of the most common conditions treated and procedures performed from 2009 through 2011.
Other notable Healthgrades recognition for Salinas Valley Memorial include:
- Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Heart Attack in 2013
- Recipient of the HealthGrades Joint Replacement Excellence Award™ in 2013
- Ranked Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Joint Replacement in 2013
- Five-Star Recipient for Overall Orthopedic Services in 2013
- Five-Star Recipient for Joint Replacement for 2 Years in a Row (2012-2013)
- Five-Star Recipient for Total Knee Replacement for 2 Years in a Row (2012-2013)
- Five-Star Recipient for Total Hip Replacement in 2013
- Five-Star Recipient for Hip Fracture Treatment for 2 Years in a Row (2012-2013)
- Recipient of the HealthGrades Stroke Care Excellence Award™ in 2013
- Ranked Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Treatment of Stroke in 2013
- Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Stroke for 3 Years in a Row (2011-2013)
- Recipient of the HealthGrades Pulmonary Care Excellence Award™ in 2013
- Ranked Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Overall Pulmonary Services in 2013
- Five-Star Recipient for Overall Pulmonary Services in 2013
- Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease in 2013
- Five-Star Recipient for Carotid Surgery for 3 Years in a Row (2011-2013)
- Five-Star Recipient for GI Procedures and Surgeries in 2013
- Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of GI Bleed for 7 Years in a Row (2007-2013)
“These awards represent a commitment to quality on the part of our entire hospital and medical staff,” said Andrew Wilson, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Salinas Valley Memorial. “We’re pleased to have these efforts recognized, but what matters most is that patients in our region can be secure in knowing they are receiving high quality healthcare from Salinas Valley Memorial.”
Salinas Valley Memorial’s commitment to quality care can be seen in a number of initiatives throughout the organization. Salinas Valley Memorial partners with Stanford Hospital & Clinics in the Stanford Cardiac Surgery Program at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital. Stanford is also partnering with SVMHS in its Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, where all neonatologists are Stanford Clinical professors who live and work in Monterey County.
SVMHS has a history of bringing advanced technology to the region. SVMHS is the only Monterey County hospital with the da Vinci robotic surgical suite, used in urologic, gynecologic, and general surgery. SVMHS surgeons also perform a number of procedures through single-port surgery—entering the body through a tiny incision in the belly button.
Another area of advanced technology unique to Salinas Valley Memorial in the central coast region is computer assisted joint replacement procedures, used for precise alignment in knee replacement. SVMHS is also about to debut an upgraded heart catheterization lab, which will allow catheter cryoablation for patients with certain heart arrhythmias.
Salinas Valley Memorial’s Ryan Ranch facility, the Advanced Diagnostic Imaging Center, was created in association with Toshiba America Medical Systems, and has been designated as Toshiba's primary United States research site for cardiac MRI. The center features advanced technology, including a 320-slice CT scanner that delivers 80% less radiation in a single scan than typical CT scanners. The MRI at that facility can produce images without the use of contrast, a significant advancement for people with kidney issues that prevent them from being able to have a contrast scan.
For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 40 million Medicare hospitalization records for services performed from 2009 through 2011 at approximately 4,500 short-term, acute care hospitals nationwide. Patients being treated in hospitals receiving 5 stars have, on average, 61% lower risk of experiencing a complication while in the hospital than if they were treated by hospitals receiving 1 star (based on 2009-2011 data across nine common procedures and diagnoses such as total knee replacement, gallbladder, and spine surgeries). Additionally, a total of 183,534 in-hospital complications could have been avoided if all hospitals performed at a 5-star level.
Healthgrades independently measures hospitals based on data that hospitals submit to the federal government. No hospital can opt in or out of the analysis, and no hospital pays to be measured. Healthgrades risk adjusts for patient demographic characteristics and clinical risk factors, thereby taking into account how sick patients are upon admission.
The 2013 Healthgrades hospital quality outcomes were posted today and are free to the public at www.healthgrades.com.
About Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System
Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System is an integrated network of health care programs, services and facilities. At the core of the system is a 269-bed acute care hospital with several distinct specializations and programs, including the Regional Heart Program, the Comprehensive Cancer Center, a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Joint Replacement Center, and the Regional Spine Center.