Centinela Hospital Medical Center, Sherman Oaks Hospital and Chino Valley
Medical Center have been named among the 100 Great Community Hospitals
in the nation by Becker’s Hospital Review, the latest in a host
of honors recognizing the award-winning care at Prime Healthcare hospitals.
Prime Healthcare, based in Ontario, CA, is the fifth largest health system
in the nation. Prime Healthcare includes 43 hospitals in 14 states and
employs nearly 43,000 people.
“Unlike any other health system, Prime Healthcare is physician-driven
and physician-led with a passionate dedication to quality and patient
experience using evidence-based practices. We are honored to be recognized
for the quality of our clinical care by Becker’s and numerous other
organizations," said Prem Reddy, MD, FACC, FCCP, Chairman, President
and CEO of Prime Healthcare. “Public reporting of health care value
and quality encourages improvement in healthcare while at the same time
provides consumers information to help them make informed decisions about
Becker's defines a "community hospital" as one with fewer
than 550 beds that has minimal teaching programs. The Becker’s editorial
team selected the top community hospitals based on rankings and awards
from such organizations as iVantage Health Analytics, Truven Health Analytics,
Healthgrades, CareChex, the American Nurses Credentialing Center and the
“We are very proud of this recognition that sheds light on how we
value our communities and on our goal of becoming a high reliability organization
committed to consistent, quality care,” said Sunny Bhatia, MD, Chief
Medical Officer for Prime Healthcare’s California and Nevada hospitals.
“I’d like to acknowledge and thank our employees and physicians
who are dedicated to delivering the best possible clinical care to all
Dr. Bhatia also serves as Chief Medical Officer of Sherman Oaks Hospital.
The hospital earned “100 Top Hospital” recognition for the
first time this year from Truven Health Analytics for its quality care.
Chino Valley Medical Center and Centinela Hospital Medical Center also
received “100 Top Hospital” recognition, each for the fifth time.
Centinela Hospital in Inglewood was in dire straits and in danger of closing
in 2007 when Prime Healthcare agreed to acquire it. Centinela has since
become a thriving community asset and is currently undergoing an $80 million
“Prime was the only organization willing to take a chance on one
of our area’s last remaining safety net hospitals,” said James
T. Butts Jr., Mayor of Inglewood. “Today, Centinela Hospital flourishes,
seeing 65,000 patients a year, many of them on Medi-Cal or without insurance.
Thanks to Prime, Centinela Hospital continues to be a centerpiece of our
community and a key component in the rebirth of Inglewood.”
In addition to multiple other quality awards, Centinela Hospital earned
a four-star rating in the new government “Overall Hospital Quality
Star Ratings” and has received multiple clinical excellence and
safety awards from Healthgrades.
U.S. News & World Report recognized multiple Prime Healthcare hospitals as among the “Best
Hospitals” in their respective states, and high performing in at
least one specialty/condition. Prime’s honored California hospitals
include Centinela Hospital Medical Center; Sherman Oaks Hospital in Sherman
Oaks; Paradise Valley Hospital in National City; Shasta Regional Medical
Center in Redding; Desert Valley Hospital in Victorville, and West Anaheim
Medical Center in Anaheim.
Prime Healthcare hospitals outside California that received “Best
Hospital” recognition from
U.S. News include Landmark Medical Center in Woonsocket, RI; St. Clare’s Hospital
in Denville, NJ; St. Michael’s Medical Center in Newark, NJ; Garden
City Hospital in Garden City, MI, St. Joseph Medical Center in Kansas
City, MO; Providence Medical Center in Kansas City, KS; Harlingen Medical
Center in Harlingen, TX; Knapp Medical Center in Weslaco, TX; and St.
Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Reno, NV.
In selecting the Best Hospitals, U.S. News analyzed patient survival rates,
number of patients, infections, adequacy of nurse staffing and other objective
measures. "We strive to provide patients with the highest-quality
information on hospitals available," said Ben Harder, chief of health
analysis at U.S. News. "Driving for broader transparency and evaluating
hospitals in a comprehensive, fair way reflects that mission."
Prime Healthcare stands apart from other health systems in its unique ability
to save and transform financially ailing hospitals. The business model
emphasizes a physician-led, flat management structure; significant capital
investments to acquire cutting-edge medical technology ($1.1 billion since
2005); the benefits of economy of scale; operational efficiency and the
use of proven evidence-based, best-practice clinical protocols to ensure
the highest standards of quality.