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Alvarado Hospital was recognized among America’s 100 Best™ for Spine Surgery in 2016. This is the third year in a row Alvarado Hospital has received this distinction from Healthgrades. This puts Alvarado Hospital in the top 5% of hospitals offering spine surgery in the nation.

In addition, Healthgrades awarded Alvarado Hospital five stars in the areas of back surgery and spinal fusion. Alvarado received five stars in these areas for three consecutive years now.

Earning a five-star rating from Healthgrades is no small feat. Every year, Healthgrades evaluates more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide, assessing their performance in more than 30 procedures and conditions most commonly dealt with.

When a hospital is given a five-star rating in any given area, it demonstrates that the hospital’s clinical outcomes are far better than the average hospital for that specific procedure/condition. This means that Alvarado Hospital has statistically performed better and produced more positive results for patients in countless areas. If all hospitals performed services at this high level, hundreds of thousands of lives could be saved and improved across the nation.

“Consumers can take comfort in knowing that an outside agency—such as Healthgrades, which is a leading resource in compiling and reporting on hospital outcomes nationwide—has evaluated our quality of spine surgery and found it to be among the best in the nation,” said Robin Gomez, Alvarado Hospital administrator.

In response to the hospital’s commitment to uphold these high standards, Alvarado continues to attract some of the most respected and qualified spine surgeons in the area. Their expertise is able to make a true difference in the lives of patients, setting Alvarado Hospital apart as the clear choice for San Diegans.

Healthgrades evaluates an estimated 40 million Medicare inpatient records from thousands of hospitals nationwide. Among those, only the 100 best-performing hospitals were selected for recognition, an honor that Alvarado Hospital is very proud to hold.

The statistics for Healthgrades’ 2016 ratings are based on an analysis of MedPAR data from 2012-2014. If you would like to review a more detailed report on specific data or hospital achievements, you can find it online.

Alvarado’s Advanced Spine & Joint Institute was redesigned with the patient in mind. The top-floor specialized unit features San Diego’s beautiful landscapes and landmarks and patients are encouraged to wear comfortable clothes from home. This family-centered institute features all private rooms and encourages family participation in all aspects of recovery including meals, rehabilitation and overnight stays if desired.