Monday, January 29, 2007

Bay Area hospitals make nation's top 5 percent - East Bay Business Times:

Bay Area hospitals make nation's top 5 percent
East Bay Business Times - 2:55 PM PST Monday

Several Bay Area hospitals have been the recognized among the top 5 percent in the nation: Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Berkeley, John Muir Medical Centers in Concord and Walnut Creek, Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City, and El Camino Hospital in Mountain View

HealthGrades, the Colorado-based health ratings organization, annually identifies hospitals in the top 5 percent nationally in terms of mortality and complication rates for 26 procedures and diagnoses, from bypass surgery to stroke.

Alta Bates, in particular, was the only Bay Area hospital named on both a list of "distinguished hospitals for clinical excellence, and "non-teaching hospitals for clinical excellence."

"I think the the medical center is consistently trying to raise the bar on itself," said Carolyn Kemp, a spokeswoman for Alta Bates. The hospital has previously been recognized by HealthGrades for its stroke care, treatment of heart attacks and heart failure.

Of 4,971 short-term, non-federal, non-children's, acute-care hospitals, only 266 hospitals are designated as Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence, HealthGrades said.

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