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Sacred Heart Named among Top 5% for Clinical Excellence

January 21, 2015

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Spokane, WA—Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center has received the 2015 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ according to Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. The distinction places Sacred Heart in the top five percent of the more than 4,500 hospitals evaluated nationwide, based solely on its outstanding clinical performance.

From 2011 through 2013, Healthgrades Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence, as a group, had a 27.7 percent lower risk adjusted mortality rate across 19 procedures and conditions where in-hospital mortality was the clinical outcome, compared to all other hospitals. During this same period, if all other hospitals performed at the level of Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence across these 19 procedures and conditions, 163,488 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 26.6 percent lower risk of dying from a stroke than if treated at a hospital that did not receive the award.

Watch a video about the Spokane Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence

“Consumers today are assuming more and more responsibility for health care decisions and are increasingly relying on objective measures of quality to inform their selection of hospitals and physicians,” said Evan Marks, Chief Strategy Officer, Healthgrades. “It is important for consumers to understand the variability in the nation’s hospitals so that they can make more informed choices. By selecting a hospital that has achieved the Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence, consumers can be confident that this hospital has demonstrated a long-standing commitment to exceptional clinical quality care.”

The 261 recipients of the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ stand out among the rest for overall clinical excellence across a broad spectrum of care.

Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, WA has received the Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence Award.

During the 2015 study period (2011-2013), 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.

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About Sacred Heart

Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children's Hospital is the second largest in Washington State, with 644 licensed beds. In addition to a 161-bed Children's Hospital—with more than 90 pediatric sub-specialists and a Level IV NICU—the Medical Center features comprehensive cardiac programs, a robotic center for minimally invasive surgery, a certified Stroke Center, inpatient psychiatric care and more. The only Level II Trauma Center in the Inland Northwest, Sacred Heart boasts many services often only found in university settings, including a heart and kidney transplant program, a world-class research department, residency programs and more. Its service area extends to about 1.5 million people, and it is Spokane's largest private employer. To learn more, visit www.shmc.org

About Providence Health Care

Providence Health Care is the Eastern Washington region of Providence Health & Services, a not-for-profit Catholic health care ministry committed to providing for the needs of the communities it serves – especially for those who are poor and vulnerable. The health system, employs more than 65,000 people across five states – Alaska, California, Montana, Oregon and Washington. In Eastern Washington, the Providence Health Care network of services includes Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children’s Hospital and Providence Holy Family Hospital– both nationally recognized for quality care, as well as two critical access hospitals in Colville and Chewelah; and a full continuum of services including home health, assisted living, adult day health, skilled nursing care, and PAML medical laboratories. Providence Medical Group of Eastern Washington includes more than 500 physicians and advanced practitioners (physicians’ assistants and nurse practitioners). Its medical staff includes primary care providers, surgical subspecialists and medical specialists. For more information, visit www.phc.org.