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Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills Medical Center Earns Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award

April 14, 2014



Healthgrades 2014 Dintinguished Hospital badge over the KP SCAL Woodland Hills Medical Center exterior

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. — Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills Medical Center has received the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ from Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. This honor places the Woodland Hills Medical Center among the top 5 percent of nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide.

“This award reaffirms the outstanding clinical performance of our physicians and staff who dedicate themselves every day to providing our members with the highest quality care,” said Mike Carter, executive director of the Woodland Hills Medical Center. “Helping our patients stay healthy – and practicing evidence-based medicine when they become ill – is why we’re a leader in health care.”

Analysis is based on the evaluation of risk-adjusted mortality and in-hospital complications across at least 21 of the 30 most common inpatient conditions and procedures from 2010 to 2012. Patients at Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence were more likely to have successful health outcomes.  If all hospitals performed at this level during the evaluation period, 156,036 lives could have potentially been saved.

The Woodland Hills Medical Center received the following additional distinctions from Healthgrades in 2014:

  • Orthopedic Surgery Excellence Award ™
  • Joint Replacement Excellence Award TM
  • Gastrointestinal Care Excellence Award ™
  • General Surgery Excellence Award ™
  • Pulmonary Care Excellence Award ™

Five-star rated for:

  • Pacemaker Procedures
  • Diabetic Emergencies
  • Sepsis
  • Bowel Obstruction
  • Esophageal/Stomach Surgeries
  • Gastrointestinal Bleed
  • Small Intestine Surgeries
  • Back and Neck Surgeries (without Spinal Fusion)
  • Hip Fracture Treatment
  • Hip Replacement
  • Total Knee Replacement
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Pneumonia

This honor follows other accolades received by the Woodland Hills Medical Center, which was named a 2013 “Top Hospital” by The Leapfrog Group.

Established in 1986, Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills Medical Center provides high-quality primary and specialty care to more than 200,000 members throughout the west San Fernando Valley and Ventura County. Woodland Hills Medical Center offers several Centers of Excellence, including Breast Center, Craniofacial Clinic, Children’s Center for Attention Problems, and in the areas of diabetes care and high-risk obstetrics. The medical center is also home to a robust Family Medicine Residency Program and Community Medicine Fellowship Program, whose talented young physicians use their skills to improve the health and quality of life of the most vulnerable citizens in our surrounding communities.

About Kaiser Permanente Southern California
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, our mission is to provide high quality, affordable health care services to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 3.7 million members in Southern California. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: kp.org/share.