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Contact: Gregg Davidson, FACHE
360-814-2130
gdavidson@skagitregionalhealth.org


HealthGrades Names Skagit Valley Hospital Recipient of the Coronary Intervention and Orthopedic Surgery Excellence Awards

Patients Treated at 5-Star Hospitals have 73% Lower Chance of Death Compared to 1-Star Hospitals.


MOUNT VERNON, WA (Oct. 18, 2011)
– A report released today by HealthGrades, the nation’s most trusted, independent source of physician information and hospital quality ratings, named Skagit Valley Hospital recipient of the Coronary Intervention, Orthopedic Surgery, and Joint Replacement Excellence Awards. Choosing a hospital can be a life or death decision. HealthGrades report found that patients treated at 5-star rated hospitals experience a 73% lower risk of mortality and a 63% lower risk of complications compared to 1-star rated hospitals. A quality comparison of doctors and hospitals can be found online at HealthGrades.com.

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“We are extremely proud to receive these excellent national ratings that illustrate our dedication to providing high quality care to the people of our region,” said Chief Executive Officer Gregg Davidson. “We work closely with the physicians of our community, we employ staff and nurses with a high level of training and expertise and we strive to put patients first in all we do. These ratings show we have outstanding care available right here, close to home.”

“Patients today have a wide array of options when it comes to choosing a healthcare provider,” said Kerry Hicks, HealthGrades chief executive officer. “At HealthGrades, we are proud to have led the way for empowering patient choice based on objective clinical outcomes and access to actionable quality measures. We commend Skagit Valley Hospital for its superior quality and support of consumerism and transparency.”

Watch Skagit Regional Health CEO Gregg Davidson talk about our HealthGrades awards.

Skagit Valley Hospital wholeheartedly supports all efforts to make quality outcomes available to our community and we are pleased to announce that Skagit Valley Hospital received the following HealthGrades 2012 Awards:

• Recipient of the HealthGrades Coronary Intervention Excellence Award™ in 2012
• Ranked Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Coronary Interventional Procedures in 2012
• Ranked #1 in WA for Coronary Interventional Procedures in 2012
• Recipient of the HealthGrades Orthopedic Surgery Excellence Award™ in 2012
• Recipient of the HealthGrades Joint Replacement Excellence Award™ for 2 Years in a Row (2011-2012)
• Ranked Among the Top 5% in the Nation for Joint Replacement in 2012
• Ranked Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Overall Orthopedic Services in 2012
• Recipient of the HealthGrades Prostatectomy Excellence Award™ for 2 Years in a Row (2011-2012)
• Ranked Among the Top 5% in the Nation for Prostatectomy in 2012
• Recipient of the HealthGrades Gynecologic Surgery Excellence Award™ for 2011
• Ranked Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Gynecologic Surgery for 2011
• Ranked #1 in WA for Gynecologic Surgery in 2011

Skagit Valley Hospital also received a 5-Star rating which means their clinical performance is better than expected in these areas:

• Five-Star Rated for Coronary Interventional Procedures in 2012
• Five-Star Rated for Overall Orthopedic Services in 2012
• Five-Star Rated for Joint Replacement for 2 Years in a Row (2011-2012)
• Five-Star Rated for Spine Surgery in 2012
• Five-Star Rated for Total Knee Replacement for 2 Years in a Row (2011-2012)
• Five-Star Rated for Total Hip Replacement for 5 Years in a Row (2008-2012)
• Five-Star Rated for Back and Neck Surgery (except Spinal Fusion) in 2012
• Five-Star Rated for Prostatectomy for 2 Years in a Row (2011-2012)
• Five-Star Rated for Gynecologic Surgery in 2011

Key findings of the HealthGrades 2011 Healthcare Consumerism and Hospital Quality in America report include:

• Patients had, on average a 73% lower risk of dying in a 5-star rated hospital compared to a 1-star rated hospital, and a 54% lower risk of dying in a 5-star rated hospital compared to the national average.
• Patients had, on average, were 63% less likely to experience inhospital complications than patients at 1-star programs, and had a 43% lower chance of developing an inhospital complication than the national average.
• If all Medicare patients from 2008 through 2010 had been treated at 5-star hospitals, 240,040 lives could have potentially been saved.

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 Mount Vernon hospital and Skagit Regional Clinics, with eight locations, are part of the integrated system known as Skagit Regional Health. The hospital’s comprehensive services include the Skagit Regional Heart & Vascular Institute, 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. For more information, visit http://www.skagitvalleyhospital.org.

About HealthGrades
HealthGrades is America's most trusted, independent source of physician information and hospital quality outcomes. HealthGrades online properties are the nation's leading destination for physician search and empower more than 170 million consumers annually to make informed healthcare decisions.