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San Joaquin Community Hospital Receives Most Healthgrades Five-star Achievements In Kern County

News San Joaquin Community Hospital (SJCH) today announced that it has received more 5-star awards than any other hospital in Kern County. In fact, of the 22 Healthgrades 5-star achievements issued to hospitals in Kern County, more than half were issued to SJCH.

This achievement is part of new findings and data released today by Healthgrades and is featured in the Healthgrades 2017 Report to the Nation. Every year, Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance at nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 34 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions.*

The new report demonstrates how clinical performance continues to differ dramatically between hospitals regionally and nationally. This variation in care has a significant impact on health outcomes. For example, from 2013-2015, if all hospitals as a group, performed similarly to hospitals receiving 5-stars as a group, on average 223,412 lives could potentially have been saved and 162,215 complications could potentially have been avoided.**

“This accomplishment represents our entire staff’s commitment to each patient we serve at San Joaquin Community Hospital,” said Sharlet Briggs, SJCH President & CEO. “The best part is that this report shows that SJCH is making positive differences in our community’s health.”

A 5-star rating indicates that San Joaquin Community Hospital’s clinical outcomes are statistically significantly better than expected when treating conditions or performing procedures being evaluated. The Five Star Achievements include:

•    Treatment of Heart Attack for 3 Years in a Row 2015-2017
•    Treatment of Heart Failure for 3 Years in a Row 2015-2017
•    Defibrillator Procedures for 3 Years in a Row 2015-2017
•    Pacemaker Procedures for 2 Years in a Row 2016-2017
•    Hip Fracture Treatment for 6 Years in a Row 2012-2017
•    Cranial Neurosurgery for 3 Years in a Row 2015-2017
•    Treatment of Stroke for 4 Years in a Row 2014-2017
•    Treatment of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease for 4 Years in a Row 2014-2017
•    Esophageal/Stomach Surgeries for 3 Years in a Row 2015-2017
•    Treatment of GI Bleed for 2 Years in a Row 2016-2017
•    Treatment of Pancreatitis in 2017
•    Treatment of Sepsis for 4 Years in a Row 2014-2017

“Hospitals that have achieved Healthgrades 5-stars have demonstrated a commitment to exceptional quality care for their patients,” said Evan Marks, Chief Strategy Officer, Healthgrades. “In an environment where consumers have more choices about where to receive their care, a hospital’s commitment to achieving a superior degree of quality for their patients is more important than ever.”  

In January, SJCH also received the 2016 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence for the second year in a row. The distinction put 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.

*For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 45 million Medicare inpatient records for nearly 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide, assessing hospital performance relative to each of 32 common conditions and procedures, as well as an evaluation of comparative outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 18 states. Healthgrades recognizes a hospital’s quality achievements for cohort-specific performance, specialty area performance, and overall clinical quality. Individual procedure or condition cohorts are designated as 5-star (statistically significantly better than expected), 3-star (not statistically different from expected) and 1-star (statistically significantly worse than expected) categories. The complete Healthgrades 2017 Report to the Nation and detailed study methodology, can be found at