For second straight year, Swedish/Edmonds nationally honored for clinical excellence

For the second year in a row, Swedish/Edmonds has been named a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence by HealthGrades, a leading independent source of physician information and hospital quality ratings.

The HealthGrades Hospital Quality and Clinical Excellence study, released Monday, names Swedish/Edmonds as one of five hospitals in Washington state to receive this national honor. In addition, Swedish/Edmonds as among the top 5 percent of hospitals in the nation for clinical performance based on outcomes.

“For the second consecutive year, this honor recognizes the dedication of our nurses, physicians and the entire Swedish/Edmonds team to clinical quality and providing patients with outstanding medical care every day,” said David Jaffe, interim chief administrative officer of Swedish/Edmonds. “The HealthGrades study reaffirms our strengths as a community hospital, as well as provides us with information to continue to raise the bar on patient care.”

According to a news release issued Monday, HealthGrades based its decision to award clinical excellence to Swedish/Edmonds on an independent analysis of approximately 40 million Medicare discharges for the years 2008, 2009 and 2010. The study evaluated hospitals solely on clinical outcomes for risk-adjusted mortality and in-hospital complications, and objectively identified those hospitals with the best overall clinical performance across 26 medical diagnoses and procedures.

HealthGrades quantified the impact of differences in hospital quality in terms of lives lost and unexpected complications. Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence had a more than 30 percent lower risk-adjusted mortality rate and a nearly 2 percent lower risk-adjusted inhospital complication rate among Medicare beneficiaries compared to all other hospitals.

Swedish/Edmonds is one of 263 top-performing hospitals in the nation to be designated as a HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence.

“Swedish/Edmonds can be proud of the contributions of its physicians, nurses and staff in achieving outstanding patient care,” said Kristin Reed, HealthGrades vice president of hospital ratings and author of the study. “The Greater Edmonds community is fortunate to have access to some of the highest quality hospital care in the nation.”

According to HealthGrades, if all hospitals performed at the level of Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence, 165,704 Medicare lives could potentially have been saved and 6,800 Medicare in-hospital complications could potentially have been avoided.

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