Ten Kaiser Permanente hospitals in Northern California were rated high performing by the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals for Common Care ratings. The ratings evaluated more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide on common inpatient procedures and conditions.
“This recognition from U.S. News & World Report is more than just a rating. It represents lives saved and improved outcomes for our patients,” said Gregory A. Adams, group president and regional president of Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Health Plan, Inc., in Northern California. “This is an honor, and it is truly the dedication of our physicians, nurses and staff who ensure that our patients receive world-class treatment at our facilities that makes these high marks possible.”
U.S. News evaluated hospitals in five procedures and medical conditions — heart bypass surgery, hip replacement, knee replacement, heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) — and issued ratings of high performing, average or below average. Only about 10 percent of the hospitals evaluated nationwide were rated as high performing in one or more procedures.
Robert Pearl, MD, executive director and CEO of The Permanente Medical Group, said the organization’s technologically advanced care, coordinated across all specialties, saves lives. “Our comprehensive screening efforts help patients avoid cancer, heart attacks and strokes, said Dr. Pearl. “Our outstanding physicians provide comprehensive, state-of-the-art care for the most complex medical diseases.”
Kaiser Permanente hospitals in Northern California that received high performing ratings in one or more procedures include: San Francisco Medical Center with four high performing marks; Santa Clara Medical Center and South San Francisco Medical Center received three; Antioch, Manteca, Oakland, Sacramento and Santa Rosa medical centers received two; San Jose and San Rafael each received one high performing rating. Nationally, twenty-two Kaiser Permanente hospitals were rated high performing in one or more procedures.
U.S. News created Best Hospitals for Common Care to help patients find better care for the kinds of common procedures and medical conditions that account for millions of hospitalizations each year. Objective outcome measures such as deaths, infections, readmissions, and operations that need to be repeated as well as patient satisfaction data largely determined the ratings. The Best Hospitals for Common Care ratings rely on Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services data for patients 65 and older, as well as survey data from the American Hospital Association and clinical registry data from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. Click here to see the full report.