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PIH Health Hospital - Whittier Named One of America’s 50 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery

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October 22, 2019
New report identifies PIH Health Hospitals among the top hospitals
nationally for excellence in Cardiac Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery,
Spine Surgery, General Surgery, Cardiac Care and Joint Replacement
 
Whittier, Calif. (October 22, 2019) – PIH Health Hospital - Whittier is one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery according to a national study by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for information about physicians and hospitals. Every year, Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance at nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 32 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions using Medicare data, and outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 15 states.
 
These achievements are part of the findings released today in the Healthgrades 2020 Report to the Nation. The report demonstrates the importance of hospital quality to both hospital leaders and consumers. From 2016-2018, patients treated at hospitals receiving the America's 50 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery Award have, on average, a 55.8 percent lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the award.*
 
In addition to this achievement, PIH Health Hospital - Whittier is also one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery, Spine Surgery, General Surgery, and Cardiac Care. PIH Health Hospital - Downey also received special recognition as one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Joint Replacement.
 
“As consumers navigate their health, it is important to consider a number of factors, including hospital quality, before deciding where to access care,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades. “Healthgrades’ America’s 50 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery and America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery, Spine Surgery, General Surgery, Cardiac Care and Joint Replacement recognizes those hospitals that have proven their dedication to quality care and exceptional outcomes over time and we applaud their efforts and achievement.”
 
PIH Health Hospital – Whittier was also recognized for the following clinical achievements:
  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Sepsis for 14 Years in a Row (2007-2020)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Heart Attack
  • Five-Star Recipient for Carotid Procedures in 2020
 
PIH Health Hospital - Downey was also recognized for the following clinical achievements:
  • Five-Star Recipient for Pacemaker Procedures for 2 Years in a Row (2019-2020)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease in 2020
  • Recipient of the Healthgrades 2020 Gastrointestinal Care Excellence Award™
  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Diabetic Emergencies in 2020
 
 
“It is an honor to receive these special recognitions from Healthgrades,” said PIH Health Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, Judy Pugach, RN, MPH, CPHQ. “At PIH Health, putting patients first is deeply rooted in our culture, and the reason why we continuously strive to provide excellent care and high-quality service that improves patient outcomes. These newest achievements support our ongoing commitment to our patients, and tell us that we are getting healthcare right for the community we serve.”
 
For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 45 million Medicare inpatient records for nearly 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide to assess hospital performance in 32 common conditions and procedures, and evaluated outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 15 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. View the full list of Specialty Excellence AwardTM recipients here. The complete Healthgrades 2020 Report to the Nation and detailed study methodology, can be found at https://partners.healthgrades.com/healthgrades-quality-solutions/healthgrades-quality-awards/.
 
 
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About PIH Health
PIH Health is a nonprofit, regional healthcare network that serves approximately 2.5 million residents in the Los Angeles County, Orange County and San Gabriel Valley region. The fully integrated network is comprised of PIH Health Hospital - Whittier and PIH Health Hospital - Downey and features 27 outpatient medical locations, a multispecialty medical (physician) group, home healthcare services and hospice care, as well as heart, cancer, women’s health, urgent care and emergency services. The organization is recognized by Watson Health as one of the nation’s Top Hospitals, and College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) as one of the nation’s top hospital systems for best practices, cutting-edge advancements, quality of care and healthcare technology for both PIH Health Hospital - Whittier and PIH Health Hospital - Downey. Healthgrades®, the leading online resource for information about physicians and hospitals, recently honored PIH Health Hospital - Whittier with the 2019 America’s 250 Best Hospitals Award and for the fifth consecutive year, the Outstanding Patient Experience Award (2015-2019). PIH Health invests millions each year in community education and free and low-cost services to support those with the greatest need. For more information, visit PIHHealth.org.
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