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Centinela Hospital Medical Center Receives Healthgrades Five-Star Award for Treatment of Heart Failure 4 Years in a Row

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INGLEWOOD, Calif. – November 7, 2016 – Centinela Hospital Medical Center today announced that it has achieved 5-Stars for its performance in Treatment of Heart Failure for four years in a row (2017-2017) from Healthgrades, the leading online resource helping consumers make informed decisions to find the right doctor, the right hospital for the right care. This achievement is part of new findings and data released by Healthgrades and is featured in the Healthgrades 2017 Report to the Nation. Every year, Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance at nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 34 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions.*

In addition to the 5-Star award for the Treatment of Heart Failure, Centinela Hospital Medical Center was also named a 5-Star recipient for these specific treatments and procedures:

  • Defibrillator Procedures for 3 Years in a Row (2015-2017)
  • Pacemaker Procedures for 4 Years in a Row (2014-2017)
  • Hip Fracture Treatment for 4 Years in a Row (2014-2017)
  • Treatment of Stroke for 2 years in a Row (2016-2017)
  • Treatment of Pneumonia for 4 Years in a Row (2014-2017)
  • Treatment for GI Bleed for 4 Years in a Row (2014-2017)
  • Treatment of Diabetic Emergencies (2017)

"The hard work of our doctors, nurses and staff in providing top-of-the-line care to the Los Angeles community is evident with this recognition from Healthgrades," says Linda Bradley, CEO of Centinela Hospital Medical Center. "The expertise, dedication and patient-centered teamwork displayed by these individuals led to Centinela Hospital receiving these awards and we are proud of these achievements.”

The new report demonstrates how clinical performance continues to differ dramatically between hospitals regionally and nationally. This variation in care has a significant impact on health outcomes. For example, from 2013-2015, if all hospitals as a group performed similarly to hospitals receiving 5-stars as a group, on average, 223,412 lives could potentially have been saved and 162,215 complications could potentially have been avoided.** A 5-star rating indicates that Centinela Hospital’s clinical outcomes are statistically significantly better than expected when treating the condition or performing the procedure being evaluated.

Additionally, for the 2017 Report to the Nation, Healthgrades compared hospitals with statistically better than expected performance (5-stars), as a group, to those with

statistically worse than expected performance (1-star), as a group, and found:

  • From 2013-2015, patients treated for Heart Failure in hospitals with 5-stars for in-hospital mortality have, on average:
    • 62.0% lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals with 1-star for in-house mortality.*
  • From 2013-2015, patients treated for Heart Failure in hospitals with 1-star for in-hospital mortality are, on average:
    • 2.6 times more likely to die than if they were treated in hospitals with 5-stars for in-hospital mortality.*

“Hospitals that have achieved Healthgrades 5-Stars in Treatment of Heart Failure have demonstrated a commitment to exceptional quality care for their patients,” said Evan Marks, Chief Strategy Officer, Healthgrades. “In an environment where consumers have more choices about where to receive their care, a hospital’s commitment to achieving a superior degree of quality for their patients is more important than ever.”

*For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 45 million Medicare inpatient records for nearly 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide, assessing hospital performance relative to each of 32 common conditions and procedures, as well as an evaluation of comparative outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 18 states. Healthgrades recognizes a hospital’s quality achievements for cohort-specific performance, specialty area performance, and overall clinical quality. Individual procedure or condition cohorts are designated as 5-star (statistically significantly better than expected), 3-star (not statistically different from expected), and 1-star (statistically significantly worse than expected) categories. The complete Healthgrades 2017 Report to the Nation and detailed study methodology, can be found at

Centinela Hospital’s dedication to the community it serves is evident by the $80 million expansion and renovation plans currently in progress. In May 2016, the Hospital completed a $55 million seismic retrofit project that included the unveiling of a new hospital front entrance, lobby, Admitting Department, and waiting area. Additional remodeling and expansion projects under construction include Emergency Department, Maternal Services and Labor & Delivery, Radiology, and Hybrid Cath Lab.

About Centinela Hospital Medical Center

Centinela Hospital Medical Center was founded in 1924 as Milton Hospital and since then has been serving the communities of Inglewood and Los Angeles. An award-winning facility, Centinela Hospital Medical Center is a 369-bed acute-care hospital offering comprehensive, quality healthcare in a convenient, compassionate and cost-effective manner. The hospital offers a level III emergency department, orthopedic care, advanced cardiac services, peripheral artery disease treatment, and OB/GYN services in a caring and conducive environment. It is actively involved in improving the health of the community with programs designed to meet the needs of those that it serves. For more information visit