Saddleback Memorial Medical Center One of America's 50 Best Hospitals by Healthgrades for Second Consecutive Year

Recognition Awarded to only 1% of Nation's Hospitals; a Reflection of Consistent Top Clinical Performance

Feb 23, 2016, 10:00 ET from Saddleback Memorial Medical Center

LAGUNA HILLS, Calif., Feb. 23, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- For the second consecutive year, Saddleback Memorial Medical Center has been named as one of only 1 percent of the 4,500 hospitals nationwide to receive the Healthgrades 2016 America's 50 Best Hospitals Award™. This prestigious honor recognizes Saddleback Memorial for its consistent, year-over-year superior clinical performance, high quality care and superior patient outcomes as measured by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.

"Once again, I'm so proud to be a part of this outstanding organization, and truly honored to pay tribute to our 3,400 extraordinary physicians, employees and volunteers as well as the thousands of outstanding donors and Saddleback Memorial supporters," says Saddleback Memorial Chief Executive Officer Steve Geidt. "Delivering exceptional, compassionate quality care is part of our DNA and why we are so thrilled to be recognized for all the hard work achieved here day in and day out."

The 50 recipients of the America's 50 Best Hospitals Award™ stand out among the rest for overall clinical excellence across a broad spectrum of care. During the 2016 study period (2012-2014), these hospitals showed superior performance in clinical outcomes for patients in the Medicare population across at least 21 of 32 of the most common inpatient conditions and procedures —as measured by objective performance data that includes risk-adjusted mortality and in-hospital complications.

Variation in hospital performance exists locally as well as nationally. In the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA area, Saddleback Memorial is one of only four hospitals (out of 51 eligible) that received the America's 50 Best Hospitals Award™. Additionally, Saddleback Memorial was also recognized as a Recipient of the Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award – Clinical Excellence™ for 7 years in a row (2010-2016).  "As physicians, we appreciate that Healthgrades objectively measures and quantifies the human components of outstanding, compassionate care," says Saddleback Memorial Chief of Staff Daniel La Mont, MD. "Results like these take a finely coordinated team of health care professionals, all dedicated to their patients every hour, every day of the year."

Recipients of this award had a 24.4 percent lower risk adjusted mortality rate across 19 procedures and conditions where in-hospital mortality was the clinical outcome, compared to all other hospitals.  During this same period, if all other hospitals had performed at that level, 164,116 lives could potentially have been saved. For example, patients treated at a hospital that has achieved the America's 50 Best Hospitals Award™ had, on average, a 28.5 percent lower risk of dying during their hospital stay for Heart Failure than if treated at a hospital that did not receive the award.

"Our analysis shows that there is tremendous variation in care, so it's important for consumers to carefully research and choose a hospital," said Evan Marks, Chief Strategy Officer, Healthgrades.  "We commend the recipients of the America's 50 Best Hospital Award for delivering exceptional clinical outcomes that help them stand out from their peers in terms of overall clinical performance."

To learn more about how Healthgrades determines America's 50 Best Hospitals Award™ recipients, please visit

*Area evaluated refers to Core Based Statistical Area (CBSA) 

Saddleback Memorial's Award Winning Care

Saddleback Memorial is continually honored for exceptional medical expertise that offers high quality, compassionate care for patients and families at every stage of their lives. In addition to the Healthgrades awards mentioned, the hospital received Becker's Healthcare Top U.S. Hospitals and American Heart Association Get with the Guidelines highest honor—Gold Plus for cardiac and stroke care. The hospital also has been voted the #1 Hospital in Orange County in the Orange County Register's "Best of OC's People's Choice & Critics' Picks" for the last two consecutive years.

Saddleback Memorial's centers of excellence are renowned for prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer, heart disease, stroke, pulmonary disease, orthopedics and diabetes; and for leadership in emergency medicine, critical care medicine, breast health, outpatient rehabilitation, advanced imaging, women's health, geriatric care and surgery, including robotic-assisted procedures. The Women's Hospital at Saddleback Memorial Laguna Hills includes personalized obstetrics care, a highly regarded perinatal program, and a Level III neonatal intensive care unit that specializes in high-risk pregnancies and caring for fragile newborns. To learn more, visit

About MemorialCare Health System

MemorialCare Health System is a nonprofit integrated delivery system that includes six top hospitals – Long Beach Memorial, Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach, Community Hospital Long Beach, Orange Coast Memorial, and Saddleback Memorial Laguna Hills and San Clemente; medical groups – MemorialCare Medical Group and Greater Newport Physicians; a health plan – Seaside Health Plan; and numerous outpatient health centers, imaging centers, surgery centers and dialysis centers throughout the Southland (Orange County and Los Angeles County). For more information, visit

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