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Good Samaritan Hospital Recognized for Clinical Excellence in Women's Health in HealthGrades® Study

Recognition adds to recent hospital's growing accolade that recently includes One of America’s 50 Best Hospitals

Los Angeles (June 25, 2007) – Good Samaritan Hospital has been recognized with a five-star rating for clinical excellence in women’s health services, based on a study issued by HealthGrades, the nation’s leading independent healthcare ratings company. In the HealthGrades Fourth Annual Report on Women’s Health Outcomes in U.S. Hospitals, Good Samaritan Hospital ranks in the top ten percent in the nation for women’s health services, which includes cardiac and stroke outcomes for women as well as maternity care. Additionally, Good Samaritan Hospital received a five-star rating for maternity care and is ranked among the top ten percent of hospitals for maternity care services.

The HealthGrades study analyzed the outcomes of women admitted with heart disease and stroke to more than 2,000 U.S. hospitals. The study found that the risk-adjusted mortality rates for women improved, on average, 8.7 percent from 2003 through 2005, but that a wide disparity in quality existed between the nation’s best and worst hospitals.

The best-performing hospitals, those rated with five stars, had an overall risk-adjusted inhospital mortality rate that was 39 percent lower than poor performing hospitals. If all of the hospitals studied (n=513) performed at the level of the best-performing hospitals during 2003 through 2005, 15,925 deaths among women hospitalized for cardiovascular disease could have been potentially prevented at these 513 hospitals.

“As cardiovascular physicians, we need to have the same level of suspicion for heart attacks and strokes in women who present to our hospitals as we do in men,” said Ali Gheissari, M.D., medical director of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery at Good Samaritan Hospital. “The Health Grades study shows that Good Samaritan Hospital physicians have taken the pioneering steps in treating women with heart disease and our outcomes have shown the success of our approach.”

In recent years, public health campaigns aimed at raising awareness among women about their risks of cardiovascular disease have impacted early recognition of cardiovascular disease (CVD) symptoms and prompted women to seek treatment earlier. Interventions targeted at reducing the risk of late or no detection of CVD symptoms have likely contributed to the mortality improvements found in the study, and they will no doubt continue to improve outcomes for women in future years.

For its 2007/2008 ratings, HealthGrades independently analyzed the quality of maternity care, as well as the cardiac and stroke outcomes for women, at hospitals in the 19 states that publish outcomes data, objectively assessing their clinical performance and quality. HealthGrades applied the following rating system to all hospitals included in the analysis:

Five-star (Best) = Top 15 percent of all hospitals within 19 states

Three-star (Average) = Middle 70 percent of all hospitals within 19 states

One-star (Poor) = Bottom 15 percent of all hospitals within 19 states

The 2007/2008 HealthGrades ratings for maternity care are based on a programmatic evaluation including complication rates for c-sections and vaginal deliveries, delivery volume, and neonatal mortality. Women’s Health ratings combine a hospital’s maternity care rating with clinical performance in the treatment of stroke and cardiac services for women, including heart surgery, heart attack, heart failure, and cardiac interventions. The complete methodology can be found in the study posted on HealthGrades’ Web site.

“Each year, HealthGrades conducts the largest annual studies of hospital quality in America,” explained Samantha Collier, HealthGrades’ Chief Medical Officer. “The fact is a close analysis of the data shows that the quality of women’s health services varies widely from hospital to hospital, so it’s important for individuals to have this vital information as they evaluate hospitals.”

The complete maternity care and women’s health services ratings are published, free of charge, on the HealthGrades Web site, Ratings for 28 other medical procedures and diagnoses – including cardiac, pulmonary, vascular, stroke, orthopedics, critical care, and gastrointestinal services – are also available on the HealthGrades Web site.

About Good Samaritan Hospital

First opened in 1885, Good Samaritan Hospital is a 408-bed tertiary care facility offering some of the most comprehensive care in Los Angeles. Specializing in cardiac services, women’s services, orthopedics, oncology, and retinal surgery, Good Samaritan Hospital offers Cardiology and Cardiothoracic Surgery, Neurosciences program featuring the Gamma Knife radiosurgery, Opthalmologic Program including Retinal Surgery, Orthopedic Surgical Program including Sports Medicine, Oncology Program using the latest in radiation therapy – IMRT and HDR, Kidney Stone services, Transfusion-Free Medicine and Surgery Center, and Emergency Services.


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