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Kaiser Permanente South Bay Medical Center Receives Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence

February 5, 2014

2014 Award Badge for Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ from Healthgrades

HARBOR CITY, Calif. — Kaiser Permanente South Bay 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 South Bay Medical Center among the top 5 percent of nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide.

“This is a tremendous acknowledgement of the hard work our physicians, staff and volunteers dedicate themselves to every day to provide Kaiser Permanente members with the highest quality care,” said Lesley Wille, RN, executive director of South Bay Medical Center. “A focus on safety and clinical excellence drives our efforts year-round, at every level of our organization.”

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 South Bay Medical Center received the following additional distinctions from Healthgrades in 2014:

  • Joint Replacement Excellence Award ™
  • Prostate Surgery Excellence Award ™
  • Five-star rated for:
    • Heart attack
    • Heart failure
    • Sepsis
    • Gallbladder removal surgery
    • Hip replacement
    • Total knee replacement
    • Transurethral prostate resection surgery
    • Pneumonia

This honor comes shortly after the California Office of the Patient Advocate’s Report Card, which gave Kaiser Permanente South Bay 4 stars, the highest rating possible, in both clinical performance and patient experience.

Established in 1957, Kaiser Permanente South Bay Medical Center provides a wide range of specialty care services to more than 202,000 members throughout the Los Angeles South Bay area. South Bay Medical Center is one of Kaiser Permanente’s 14 centers of excellence in Southern California. The medical center is located in Harbor City and receives more than 735,000 patient visits each year. For more information, visit

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 3.6 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: