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SJCH Achieves Distinguished Hospital Award

Awards & Recognition BAKERSFIELD, CA—JANUARY 28, 2016—San Joaquin Community Hospital (SJCH) announced that it has received the 2016 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence for the second year in a row. The distinction puts SJCH in the top five percent of more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide for its clinical performance. SJCH is the only Kern County hospital to have achieved this prestigious quality award.

“At San Joaquin Community Hospital, our staff, leaders, and executive team come to work every day with one mindset: to exceed the expectations of the patients and families we serve,” said Douglas Duffield, SJCH President and CEO. “This award is further evidence that we are earning the loyalty of the people of Bakersfield and Kern County by providing high quality, compassionate health care to every patient, every time.”

Patients treated at Healthgrades Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence had a 26.5% lower risk of dying, compared to all other hospitals. If all other hospitals performed at the level of Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence, 158,858 lives could potentially have been saved across the nation over the past three years.

“Unfortunately, not all hospitals perform equally when it comes to clinical outcomes, so it’s important that consumers do their research in order to find the right care,” said Evan Marks, Chief Strategy Officer, Healthgrades. “We commend those hospitals that have achieved Healthgrades 2016 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence for demonstrating an unwavering commitment to high quality care to accomplish these results.”

In addition, each year, Healthgrades rates every hospital in the country across specific categories like heart, brain and spine, and critical care. A 1-star, 3-star or 5-star rating is then assigned to each hospital in every category. For 2016, the nine hospitals in Kern County were awarded a total of 25 5-star quality awards. Of those 25, SJCH received 18 – or roughly 75 percent of all 5-star quality awards. SJCH’s 5-star awards include heart attack and heart failure, stroke, sepsis, pneumonia, COPD and more. For a full list, visit

SJCH also received significant national awards in heart care and brain and spine treatment, which will be formally announced at a later date.