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Alvarado Hospital Excels in Outcomes of Treatment of Multiple Conditions

Alvarado Hospital is five-star rated for a number of procedures and treatments of conditions according to new research released by Healthgrades, the leading resource that connects consumers, physicians and health systems. These include:

  • Coronary interventional procedures
  • Pacemaker procedures
  • Treatment of stroke
  • Treatment of pneumonia
  • Gallbladder removal
  • Treatment of sepsis

The hospital has also been awarded the 2021 Healthgrades Coronary Intervention Excellence Award.

Alvarado Hospital is a member of Prime Healthcare, one of the nation’s largest health systems with 46 hospitals in 14 states. This year, Prime hospitals received a combined 295 awards from Healthgrades including 5-Star designations, Specialty Excellence Awards and America’s 100 Best By Specialty.

Every year, Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance at nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 32 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions using Medicare data, and additional analyzes outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 16 states.

This analysis shows that patients treated at hospitals receiving a 5-star rating have a lower risk of dying and a lower risk of experiencing one or more complications during a hospital stay than if they were treated at hospitals receiving a 1-star rating in that procedure or condition. From 2017 through 2019, if all hospitals as a group performed similarly to hospitals receiving 5-stars as a group, on average, 218,785 lives could potentially have been saved and complications in 148,681 patients could potentially have been avoided.*

“Hospital quality has never been more important, and consumers are becoming more aware of the importance of researching where they receive care before they visit a hospital for a specific procedure or condition,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Healthgrades. “Hospitals that receive Healthgrades 5-star ratings generally demonstrate exceptional outcomes and their ability to provide quality care for patients.”

“We’re a small hospital, but we have staff and physicians fiercely dedicated to clinical excellence,” says Alvarado Hospital CEO Robin Gomez. “I’m filled with pride, and humbled by the expertise and professionalism that the nurses, physicians, and staff of Alvarado Hospital demonstrate every day.”

In addition to the awards from Healthgrades, Alvarado Hospital has been awarded a Spring 2020 “A” grade from the Leapfrog Group for patient safety excellence, a five-star rating from the CMS Hospital Compare website, and the American Heart Association Stroke Gold+ Award, and Heart Failure Silver+ Quality Achievement Award for 2020.

For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 45 million Medicare inpatient records for nearly 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide to assess hospital performance in 32 common conditions and procedures, and evaluated outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 16 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). View the full list of Specialty Excellence AwardTM recipients here. The complete Healthgrades 2021 Report to the Nation and detailed study methodology, can be found at

* Statistics are based on Healthgrades analysis of MedPAR data for years 2017 through 2019 and represent three-year estimates for Medicare patients only. For appendectomy and bariatric surgery, Healthgrades used inpatient data from 16 states that provide all-payer data for years 2016 through 2018.