Nation's Top Hospital Organ Transplant Centers Identified by HealthGrades

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Hospitals with Best Outcomes in Kidney, Lung, Heart and Liver Transplants Receive Transplant Excellence Award™

Nov 15, 2011, 00:01 ET from HealthGrades

DENVER, Colo., Nov. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- HealthGrades, the leading provider of information to help consumers make an informed decision about a physician or hospital, today made available to organ transplant patients a list of those hospitals with the best track record for survival and chances of receiving a donor organ. HealthGrades annual evaluation of the nation's top-performing hospitals in organ transplantation includes clinical quality data, based on patient outcomes, for each of the 263 adult and pediatric acute care hospitals that perform transplants. This information is available, free to the public, at and is intended to help patients in need of kidney, lung, heart or liver transplants.

"More than 112,000 patients are on a waiting list for an organ transplant in the U.S. and it is imperative that patients have a resource to compare patient outcomes and other criteria at programs across the country," said HealthGrades' Vice President of Hospital Ratings Kristin Reed. "HealthGrades' hospital ratings are based on objective patient outcomes, empowering patients to choose a program that gives them the best chance at survival."

The following data is displayed on and was calculated by the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR) for all adult and pediatric acute care hospitals in the U.S. with transplant programs:

  • One and three-year risk-adjusted patient survival;
  • One and three-year risk-adjusted graft survival;
  • The rate at which waitlisted patients receive transplants; and
  • Waitlist mortality.

Hospitals with adult acute care transplant programs received HealthGrades Transplant Excellence Awards if they had a statistically significantly higher three-year survival rate. Award recipients were also required to have waitlist mortality that was either not significantly different than expected or was significantly lower than expected based on SRTR calculations. Of the 230 adult acute care hospitals evaluated, 20 hospitals received this award. Pediatric Hospitals were not evaluated to receive this award.

The recipients are as follows:

HealthGrades Kidney Transplant Excellence Award recognized 8 recipients out of 221 hospitals evaluated:

California Pacific Medical Center – Pacific; San Francisco, CA
Saint Joseph Hospital; Orange, CA
Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center; Los Angeles, CA
UC Davis Medical Center; Sacramento, CA
Barnes - Jewish Hospital; Saint Louis, MO
New York - Presbyterian/Weill Cornell; New York, NY
Virginia Commonwealth University Health System; Richmond, VA
University of Washington Medical Center; Seattle, WA

HealthGrades Lung Transplant Excellence Award recognized 2 recipients out of 62 hospitals evaluated:

Shands Hospital at the University of Florida; Gainesville, FL
University of Minnesota Medical Center – Riverside; Minneapolis, MN

HealthGrades Heart Transplant Excellence Award recognized 3 recipients out of 116 hospitals evaluated:

Jackson Health System; Miami, FL
Temple University Hospital; Philadelphia, PA
Sacred Heart Medical Center; Spokane, WA

HealthGrades Liver Transplant Excellence Award recognized 9 recipients out of 111 hospitals evaluated:

UAMS Medical Center; Little Rock AR
California Pacific Medical Center – Pacific; San Francisco, CA
UCSF Medical Center; San Francisco, CA
Mayo Clinic; Jacksonville, FL
Ochsner Clinic Foundation; New Orleans, LA
Cleveland Clinic; Cleveland OH
Saint Lukes Episcopal Hospital; Houston, TX
Shands Hospital at the University of Florida; Gainesville, FL
University of Minnesota Medical Center – Riverside; Minneapolis, MN

The ratings of individual hospitals, as well as the full methodology of the analysis, can be found at For additional information about each of these transplant programs, or about the methods used for computing the measures above, please visit the SRTR website at The SRTR is not in any way involved in determining award status.


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