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Adventist Health Portland Recognized Among Top 2% in Nation for Spine Surgery and Critical Care by Healthgrades

Awards & Recognition

Adventist Health Portland was named today among the top two percent in the nation for quality of critical care services and spine surgery according to this year’s evaluation from Healthgrades. Rankings are measured by volume-weighted performance.

“Our mission calls us to deliver the highest quality care to our community,” says David Russell, president and CEO of Adventist Health Portland. “We are proud of this recognition and confirmation that our continuing dedication to quality and safety makes a positive difference for every patient.”

Adventist Health Portland consistently ranks as one of the top hospitals in the Portland metropolitan area with organizations like Healthgrades, Leapfrog, and The Joint Commission. In 2016, the Oregon Health Authority’s Hospital Transformation Performance Program (HTPP) recognized Adventist Health Portland for meeting 10 out of 11 quality improvement metrics—the best performance of any hospital in Oregon.

Healthgrades, an independent organization that helps consumers make informed decisions about doctors and hospitals, evaluates hospital performance at nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 34 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions. Adventist Health Portland is a recipient of the following recognitions from Healthgrades for 2017:

  • One of Healthgrades America's 100 Best Hospitals for Critical Care™ for 2 Years in a Row (2016-2017)
  • One of Healthgrades America's 100 Best Hospitals for Spine Surgery™ in 2017
  • Recipient of the Healthgrades 2017 Spine Surgery Excellence Award™
  • Named Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Spine Surgery in 2017
  • Five-Star Recipient for Total Knee Replacement in 2017
  • Five-Star Recipient for Back Surgery for 2 Years in a Row (2016-2017)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Spinal Fusion Surgery in 2017
  • Recipient of the Healthgrades Critical Care Excellence Award™ for 2 Years in a Row (2016-2017)
  • Named Among the Top 5% in the Nation for Critical Care for 2 Years in a Row (2016-2017)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Sepsis for 7 Years in a Row (2011-2017)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Respiratory Failure for 4 Years in a Row (2014-2017)

Healthgrades’ newly released 2017 Report to the Nation demonstrates how clinical performance continues to differ dramatically between hospitals, both regionally and nationally. This variation in care has a significant impact on health outcomes. For example, from 2013-2015, if every hospital collectively performed similarly to hospitals receiving 5 stars as a group, 223,412 lives could potentially have been saved and 162,215 complications potentially avoided.* A 5-star rating indicates that a hospital’s clinical outcomes are statistically significantly better than expected when treating the condition or performing the procedure being evaluated.


Adventist Health Portland includes Adventist Medical Center in southeast Portland, a nonprofit, 302-bed acute care facility, offering a full range of inpatient, outpatient and emergency services throughout the Portland/Vancouver metropolitan area. It is ranked in the top 5% of hospitals nationwide for patient safety. Adventist Health Medical Group represents more than 100 primary care and specialty physicians who treat and admit their patients to Adventist Medical Center.

Adventist Health services in Portland are part of Adventist Health, a faith-based, nonprofit integrated health system serving more than 75 communities in California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington. Our workforce of 32,700 includes more than 23,400 employees; nearly 5,000 medical staff physicians; and 4,300 volunteers. Founded on Seventh-day Adventist heritage and values, Adventist Health provides compassionate care in 19 hospitals, more than 260 clinics (hospital-based, rural health and physician clinics), 15 home care agencies, seven hospice agencies and four joint-venture retirement centers. In addition, the Adventist Health Plan serves patients in Kings County. Adventist Health ranked #10 in Becker's list of the largest nonprofit hospital systems in the U.S. for 2015. Visit for more information.

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 *Statistics are based on Healthgrades analysis of MedPAR data for years 2013 through 2015 and represent 3-year estimates for Medicare patients only.