October 15, 2008

Hollywood Presbyterian Named Five-Star Hospital

Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center has been named a Five-Star Rated Hospital with Excellence Awards for heart attack, stroke care, general surgery, diabetes and pulmonary care by HealthGrades, the nation's leading healthcare ratings organization, in its yearly study of hospital quality.

Hollywood Presbyterian was ranked among the top five percent of hospitals nationally in stroke and pulmonary care and among the top 10 percent in general surgery. According to the HealthGrades annual Hospital Quality in America Study, issued today, patients at the nation's top-rated hospitals such as Hollywood Presbyterian have a 70 percent lower chance of dying than patients at lower rated hospitals.

To come up with its ratings, HealthGrades, headquartered in Golden, CO, studied patient outcomes in the nation's 5000 hospitals and analyzed more than 41 million Medicare hospitalization records from 2005 to 2007. The hospital quality study examines procedures and conditions ranging from heart valve replacement surgery to heart attack to pneumonia.

"We're extremely pleased that the great care we provide at Hollywood Presbyterian is receiving this kind of recognition," said hospital CEO Jeff Nelson. "Our goal is to be the most trusted hospital in the area by the year 2012, and we're on the right track to achieve that. The Excellence Awards and the top ratings are a real tribute to the dedication of our employees, nurses and medical staff and the wonderful care they provide patients every day."

The ratings earned by Hollywood Presbyterian include:

CARDIAC - 5-Star Rated for Congestive Heart Failure 2007 and 2008, 5-Star Rated for Treatment of Heart Attack 2007 and 2008. ORTHOPEDICS - 5-Star Rated for Hip Fracture Repair. STROKE - 2008 HealthGrades Stroke Excellence Award(TM), Top 5% in Nation for Stroke Care, 5-Star Rated for Care of Stroke.

GENERAL SURGERY - 5-Star Rated for Appendectomy 2006-2008, General Surgery Excellence Award(TM) 2007 and 2008, Top 10% in the Nation for General Surgery 2007 and 2008. GASTROINTESTINAL - 5-Star Rated for GI Bleed.

CRITICAL CARE - 5-Star Rated for Sepsis 2005-2008, 5-Star Rated for Diabetic Acidosis and Coma 2005-2008, 5-Star Rated for Respiratory Failure 2005-2008. PULMONARY - 2008 HealthGrades Pulmonary Excellence Award(TM), Top 5% in the Nation for Pulmonary Care, 5-Star Rated for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), 5-Star Rated for Community-Acquired Pneumonia CAP.

For more information about the HealthGrades ratings and study go to: http://www.healthgrades.com/newratings/5star-hospital-award

Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center (http://www.hollywoodpresbyterian.com) is an acute-care facility with 434 licensed beds, 1,400 employees and an 800-member medical staff. With nearly 5,000 births per year, Hollywood Presbyterian is one of the leading centers of obstetrics in Southern California. The medical center's core services include obstetrics, a comprehensive cancer program, cardiac catheterization, the Arthritis Institute, mammography, general surgery, radiology services, eye clinic and spine clinic. From its location at Vermont Avenue at Fountain Avenue, Hollywood Presbyterian has served one of the most diverse communities in the nation for more than 80 years.