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SJCH Named Among Nation's High-Performing Hospitals for COPD Care

News Washington DC – July 6, 2015 – San Joaquin Community Hospital (SJCH) has been rated high performing for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) care in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals for Common Care ratings. 

U.S. News evaluated hospitals in five procedures and medical conditions – heart bypass surgery, hip replacement, knee replacement, heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) – and rated them as high performers, average or below average. Nationwide, only about 10 percent of hospitals were rated as high performers. In Kern County, SJCH was the only hospital recognized in any of the five categories. 

SJCH’s ranking for COPD care is particularly significant, given the volatile air quality of our region. Although COPD is often caused by smoking, it can also result from long-term exposure to lung irritants, including industrial dust and chemical fumes.

“One of the main focuses for our hospital is to improve the health status of our community,” said Doug Duffield, SJCH President and CEO. “We do this through educational seminars and events focused on preventing chronic disease, but also through the delivery of high-quality patient care. We’re incredibly honored to be recognized as the only hospital in Kern County rated High Performing for COPD care.” 

“The choice of hospital is one of the most important and costly decisions an individual makes,” said Ben Harder, chief of health analysis for U.S. News. “We evaluated the treatment of more than 3.6 million patients and identified a small percentage of hospitals that have superior outcomes compared with their peer institutions. Whenever possible, patients, in consultation with their doctors, should seek out high performing hospitals that excel in treating their specific condition.”

For more information, please contact the SJCH Marketing department at (661)-869-6560.