Press Release

Skagit Valley Hospital Receives 5-Star Rating for Cardiac and Orthopedic Care

  • Skagit Valley Hospital’s quality of patient care cited by HealthGrades’ 11th Annual Hospital Quality in America Study

  • Most comprehensive independent annual study of hospital quality in the nation

MOUNT VERNON, WA (October 14, 2008) – Skagit Valley Hospital today announced that it has received a top five-star rating for the quality of its coronary interventional procedures and total hip replacement by HealthGrades, the healthcare ratings company. Additionally, Skagit Valley Hospital is ranked best (#1) in Washington for coronary interventional procedures.

“Skagit Valley Hospital is extremely proud of these ratings as they reflect the commitment of our staff, providers and board to providing high-quality care to our patients,” said Gregg Davidson, Chief Executive Officer. “We are all honored to be number one in the state for coronary interventions and to be rated five stars for total hip replacements for the second year in a row.”

Skagit Valley Hospital has two cardiac catheterization labs, the only such facilities in the region, where interventional cardiologists perform emergent angioplasty and stent placement procedures, saving the lives of heart patients. The hospital is adding a third lab to accommodate the recent launch of cardiac electrophysiology procedures to assist patients with heart rhythm problems and extend the hospital’s range of care.

In orthopedics, Skagit Valley Hospital provides a full continuum of care for total hip replacement patients to help them return to a more active quality of life. In addition, the hospital offers a wide range of orthopedic procedures, from knee replacements to shoulder repairs, performed in the hospital’s modern, advanced operating rooms.

These findings were included in the eleventh annual HealthGrades Hospital Quality in America Study, which analyzed more than 41 million Medicare hospitalization records from 2005 to 2007 at the nation’s approximately 5,000 non-federal hospitals.  Also according to the study, patients treated at the nation’s top-rated hospitals have a 70 percent lower chance of dying compared with the lowest-rated hospitals across 17 common procedures and conditions, ranging from heart attack and pneumonia care to respiratory failure.

While overall death rates declined from 2005 to 2007, the nation’s best-performing hospitals were able to reduce preventable deaths at a much faster rate than poor-performing hospitals, resulting in large state, regional and hospital-to-hospital variations in the quality of patient care, the study found.

Based on the study, HealthGrades today made available its 2009 quality ratings for virtually every hospital in the country at, a Web site designed to help individuals research and compare local healthcare providers.

On its Web site, HealthGrades offers, free to consumers, quality ratings of 27 procedures and treatments for virtually every hospital in the country. The Web site is designed so that consumers can easily compare patient outcomes at their local hospitals for procedures ranging from aortic aneurysm repair to bypass surgery. Each hospital receives a star rating based on its patient outcomes in terms of mortality or complication rates for each procedure or treatment. Hospitals with outcomes that are above average to a statistically significant degree receive a five-star rating. Hospitals with average outcomes receive a three-star rating, and hospitals with outcomes that are below average receive a one-star rating. Because no two hospitals or their patients’ risk profiles are alike, HealthGrades employs extensive risk-adjustment algorithms to ensure that it is making analogous comparisons.

About Skagit Valley Hospital: Skagit Valley Hospital is a regional, community hospital licensed for 137 beds. The hospital opened in 1958 and serves Skagit, Island, San Juan and north Snohomish counties with a full range of inpatient and outpatient services. A major expansion opened in 2007, featuring private patient rooms throughout the spacious, modern facility. It is Skagit Valley Hospital’s vision to be the “best regional, community hospital in the Northwest.”