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SJCH Achieves Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence for Third Year in a Row

Awards & Recognition

Bakersfield, CA – March 9, 2017 – San Joaquin Community Hospital (SJCH), which will be known as Adventist Health Bakersfield, today announced that it has received the 2017 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ from Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. The distinction places SJCH in the Top 5 percent for clinical excellence among more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide for the third year in a row (2015-2017).

“The combination of receiving the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical excellence and doing so for three years in a row shows us that we not only provide high quality care for our patients, we provide that high quality care on a consistent, sustainable basis,” said Sharlet Briggs, SJCH President & CEO.

In fact, SJCH is the only hospital in Kern County to achieve the 2017 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ and the only to be named among the Top 5 percent in the nation for Overall Clinical Excellence in 2017.

From 2013 through 2015, patients treated in hospitals receiving Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence had, on average, a 26.2% lower risk of dying (across 19 procedures and conditions where mortality is the clinical outcome), than if they were treated in hospitals that did not achieve this distinction. During this same period, if all other hospitals performed at the level of Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence across these 19 procedures and conditions, 160,322 lives could potentially have been saved. For example, patients treated at a hospital that achieved the Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence Award had, on average, a 25% lower risk of dying from a stroke than if treated at a hospital that did not achieve this distinction.

“Consumers are doing their research when it comes to selecting the hospital where they receive their care, and high-marks in quality are a valuable differentiator that can set organizations apart,” said Brad Bowman, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades. “We commend hospitals that have achieved Healthgrades 2017 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence for demonstrating an unwavering commitment to high quality care for their patients.”

Other notable Healthgrades recognitions for SJCH include:
 

  • One of two hospitals in CA to receive 5-star ratings in Heart Attack, Heart Failure, Defib and Pacemaker Procedures in 2017
  • Only in region* to achieve 5 stars for Treatment of Stroke for 4 consecutive years (2014-2017)
  • Only in region* to receive 5-star ratings in Heart Attack, Heart Failure, Defib and Pacemaker Procedures for 2 consecutive years (2016-2017)
  • Only in region* to receive the 2017 Cranial Neurosurgery Excellence Award
  • * “Region” is Bakersfield-Delano CBSA, as defined by the federal government’s Office of Management and Budget

    The 258 recipients of the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ stand out among the rest for overall clinical excellence across a broad spectrum of care. During the 2017 study period (2013-2015), these hospitals showed superior performance in clinical outcomes for patients in the Medicare population across at least 21 of 32 of the most common inpatient conditions and procedures —as measured by objective clinical outcomes performance data (risk-adjusted mortality and in-hospital complications). To learn more about how Healthgrades determines Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ recipients, please visit www.healthgrades.com/quality