Press Release

Contact: Kari Ranten


Rating Based on Study of Patient Outcomes at the Nation’s Hospitals by HealthGrades

MOUNT VERNON, WA (October 13, 2009) – Skagit Valley Hospital today announced that it has received a 5-Star rating for the quality of its coronary interventional procedures from HealthGrades, the leading independent healthcare ratings organization. The recognition is based on HealthGrades’ twelfth annual Hospital Quality in America study, released today, which analyzes patient outcomes at virtually all of the nation’s hospitals.
2010 Clinical Achievements include:
•    Recipient of the HealthGrades Coronary Intervention Excellence Award™  
•    Ranked Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Coronary Interventional Procedures
•    Ranked #1 in WA for Coronary Interventional Procedures
•    Five-Star Rated for Coronary Interventional Procedures

“Skagit Valley Hospital has earned the number one ranking in Washington for two years in a row and now is among the top 10 percent in the country, which is a testament to the quality of care, outstanding providers and staff, and a total focus on the patient,” said Gregg Davidson, FACHE, Chief Executive Officer. “This honor is an illustration of our commitment to quality and serving the people of the region with excellent emergency cardiac care.”

Skagit Valley Hospital’s regional cardiac catheterization facilities including an electrophysiology lab which opened in 2009 expanding the technology and capabilities for serving heart patients in Skagit, Island and north Snohomish counties.

The HealthGrades study, the largest annual report of its kind, analyzed patient outcomes in nearly 40 million Medicare hospitalization records from 5,000 hospitals over the years 2006, 2007 and 2008. This year’s study found:

  • Across all 17 procedures and diagnoses in which mortality was studied, there was an approximate 72% lower chance of dying in a 5-star rated hospital compared to a 1-star rated hospital, and a 52% lower chance of dying in a 5-star hospital compared with the national average.
  • If all hospitals performed at the level of a 5-star rated hospital across the 17 procedures and diagnoses studied, 224,537 Medicare lives could potentially have been saved from 2006 through 2008.

The new 2010 HealthGrades hospital ratings were posted today at, HealthGrades’ public Web site.

HealthGrades Ratings
HealthGrades’ hospital ratings and awards reflect the track record of patient outcomes at hospitals in the form of mortality and complication rates. HealthGrades rates hospitals independently based on data that hospitals submit to the federal government. No hospital can opt in or out of being rated, and no hospital pays to be rated.

For 28 procedures and treatments, HealthGrades issues star ratings that reflect the mortality and complication rates for each category of care. Hospitals receiving a 5-star rating have mortality or complication rates that are below the national average, to a statistically significant degree. A 3-star rating means the hospital performs as expected. One-star ratings indicate the hospital’s mortality or complication rates in that procedure or treatment are statistically higher than average. Because the risk profiles of patient populations at hospitals are not alike, HealthGrades risk-adjusts the data to allow for apples-to-apples comparisons.

More information on today’s HealthGrades study, including the complete methodology, can be found at

About Skagit Valley Hospital
Licensed for 137 beds, Skagit Valley Hospital is a regional, public facility serving residents of Skagit, Island, San Juan and north Snohomish counties since 1958. The hospital’s comprehensive Regional Heart & Vascular Institute features a full range of services, from screenings and prevention to cardiac rehabilitation. A team of capable physicians including cardiologists, interventional cardiologists and an electrophysiologist are complemented by a team of highly skilled technicians, nurses and support staff to serve each patient. In addition to cardiac care, Skagit Valley Hospital provides a Level III Trauma Center, a comprehensive Regional Cancer Care Center, the well-appointed Family Birth Center and surgical services with a focus on orthopedics and minimally invasive procedures.