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Patients More Likely to Experience Successful Treatment at Adventist Health Bakersfield, A Healthgrades 2022 America's Best Hospitals Award Recipient

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Adventist Health Bakersfield is nationally recognized for clinical excellence and among the top 5 percent of hospitals in the country

Bakersfield, Calif., February 8, 2022 – Adventist Health Bakersfield has been named one of America’s 250 Best Hospitals™, placing it in the top 5 percent of hospitals in the country and an overall leader in clinical excellence, according to Healthgrades.


Healthgrades is committed to delivering the most scientifically accurate and comprehensive information about doctors and hospitals – with data insights not available anywhere else. To assess overall hospital performance, Healthgrades reviewed outcomes across more than 31 of the most common procedures and conditions. Recipients of this award have consistently delivered better than expected outcomes for their patients.


From 2018-2020, patients treated in hospitals achieving this Healthgrades recognition on average had a 27.8 percent lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive this award, as measured across 17 rated conditions and procedures where mortality is the outcome. In fact, if all hospitals as a group performed similarly to Adventist Health Bakersfield and other 2022 Healthgrades America's 250 Best Hospitals, 160,256 lives could potentially have been saved from 2018-2020.*

“It is a great achievement to be awarded as one of Healthgrades’ America’s 250 Best Hospitals,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer and Head of Data Science at Healthgrades. “Now more than ever, patients are learning the importance of taking control of their health and using resources like Healthgrades to find the perfect hospital and caregiver match. We commend Adventist Health Bakersfield for providing superior service and committing themselves to keeping their communities safe.”

“This recognition, along with our 9 consecutive A grades from The Leapfrog Group, is truly a reflection of our dedicated physicians, associates and support staff,” says Daniel Wolcott, president of Adventist Health Kern County. “Our mission to inspire health, wholeness and hope in all those we serve is what drives us and I’m proud that our care delivery has maintained superior levels even during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

In addition to ranking among America’s top 250 hospitals, Adventist Health Bakersfield has been recognized by Healthgrades in a number of specialties and sub-specialties:

Hospital Wide

Recipient of Healthgrades® 'America's 250 Best Hospitals' Award™ in 2022


Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Heart Failure for 8 Years in a Row (2015-2022)


Five-Star Recipient for Hip Fracture Treatment for 11 Years in a Row (2012-2022)

Five-Star Recipient for Spinal Fusion Surgery in 2022


Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Stroke in 2022


Recipient of the Healthgrades Gastrointestinal Care Excellence Award™ for 2 Years in a Row (2021-2022)

Named Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Overall GI Services for 2 Years in a Row (2021-2022)

Five-Star Recipient for Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeries in 2022

Five-Star Recipient for Colorectal Surgeries in 2022

Critical Care

Recipient of the Healthgrades 2022 Critical Care Excellence Award™

Named Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Critical Care in 2022

Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Sepsis for 9 Years in a Row (2014-2022)

Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Respiratory Failure for 2 Years in a Row (2021-2022)

With tools like hospital ratings and awards, Healthgrades helps consumers make confident healthcare decisions by enabling the evaluation and comparison of hospital performance to find the highest quality care. Visit for an in-depth look at Adventist Health Bakersfield’s performance and profile to explore the highest quality care in the Bakersfield area today. Consumers can also visit for more information on how Healthgrades measures hospital quality, and access the complete methodology here.

*Statistics are based on Healthgrades analysis of MedPAR data for years 2018 through 2020 and represent 3-year estimates for Medicare patients only.

About Adventist Health

Adventist Health is a faith-based, nonprofit integrated health system serving more than 80 communities on the West Coast and Hawaii as well as others across the U.S. through its Blue Zones company, a pioneer in taking a systemic and environmental approach to improving the health of entire cities and communities. Through this work, Adventist Health is leading a 21st century well-being transformation movement. Founded on Seventh-day Adventist heritage and values, Adventist Health provides care in hospitals, clinics, its innovative Adventist Health Hospital@Home program that provides virtual in-patient care at home, home care agencies, hospice agencies and joint-venture retirement centers in both rural and urban communities. Our compassionate and talented team of 37,000 includes associates, medical staff physicians, allied health professionals and volunteers driven in pursuit of one mission: living God's love by inspiring health, wholeness and hope. Together, we are transforming the American healthcare experience with an innovative, yet timeless, whole-person focus on physical, mental, spiritual and social healing to support community well-being.

About Healthgrades

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