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Top honors for local hospitals

St. Mary, Desert Valley, VVCH receive patient safety excellence awards

All three local hospitals earned honors in Healthgrades' 2012 clinical quality ratings, which measure outcomes of patients treated at each hospital.

St. Joseph Health, St. Mary in Apple Valley and Desert Valley Hospital in Victorville received patient safety excellence awards. Healthgrades ranked both hospitals in the top 10 percent in the nation in preventing infections, medical errors and other complications.

On average, patients hospitalized at these two facilities were about 48 percent less likely to experience complications compared to hospitals in the bottom 5 percent, according to the Healthgrades website.

Victor Valley Community Hospital in Victorville won gynecologic surgery and maternity care excellence awards, putting the hospital in the top 10 percent in the nation in those fields.

Healthgrades also gave star ratings to each hospital. Five stars indicate the top 15 percent among all hospitals.

St. Mary earned average or better than average ratings in all 13 patient safety indicators, while receiving five stars in heart attack, pulmonary embolism and hip fracture treatments.

In addition to gynecologic surgery and maternity care, VVCH received five stars in heart attack treatment.

Health grades hasn’t listed Desert Valley’s star ratings for unknown reasons. Desert Valley inquired with Healthgrades about the issue on Friday but did not get a response immediately, CEO Margaret Peterson said.

Despite the good marks from Healthgrades, the three local hospitals ranked below the national average in patient experience ratings based on patient surveys conducted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

For more information on the Healthgrades ratings, visit www.healthgrades.com.

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