VISALIA – Kaweah Delta is one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery for three years in a row (2018-2020) and top 5 percent in the nation for cardiac surgery and stroke, according to a recently released national study by Healthgrades.
Kaweah Delta is just one of a seven hospitals in California, and the only one in the Central Valley, to receive the distinction as one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery, which involves superior clinical outcomes in heart bypass surgery and heart valve surgery.
Kaweah Delta’s cardiac surgery team includes skilled staff members and Cardiothoracic Surgeons Dr. Sergio Caminha, M.D. and Leheb Araim, M.D. On Dec. 2, Kaweah Delta will welcome a third Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Gonzalo Javier Carrizo, M.D. to the team. Dr. Carrizo comes to Kaweah Delta from the Cleveland Clinic, the No. 1 ranked heart program in the U.S. since 1995. Earlier this year, Kaweah Delta affiliated with the Cleveland Clinic in an effort to help further elevate services for people seeking cardiovascular care in the Central Valley.
“This is the result of team work between the cardiac surgeons and our hospital staff. It shows that we do provide high-quality services to our community,” said Sergio Caminha, M.D., Medical Director of Cardiac Surgery at Kaweah Delta Medical Center.
Variation in hospital quality can have a significant impact on the quality of care a patient receives. Healthgrades compared 2020 Award Recipient Hospitals as a group, to all other hospitals, and found that on average its most vulnerable population, Medicare patients:
have a 55.8% lower risk of dying if treated at hospitals that received the America’s 50 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery Award, versus hospitals that did not receive the Award.
have a 54.3% lower risk of dying if treated at hospitals that received the Cardiac Surgery Excellence Award™, versus hospitals that did not receive the Award.
have a 86.7% lower risk of dying if treated at hospitals that received the 5-Star for Coronary Bypass Surgery, versus hospitals that received a 1-Star for In-hospital Mortality.
Kaweah Delta was also named among the top 10 percent in the nation for overall pulmonary services (treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and pneumonia), critical care services (treatment of pulmonary embolism, respiratory system failure, sepsis and diabetic emergencies), and overall neurosciences care (stroke care and neurosurgery). Kaweah Delta partners with neurosurgeons, the majority of which are professors of neurosurgery at USC, to offer neurosurgery and neurospine services in Visalia. The partnership keeps patients with severe head injuries and neurosurgical conditions close to home.
“Care for traumatic head injuries is what is most important for the families and community members in this region,” said Joseph Chen, M.D., medical director of Kaweah Delta’s Neurosciences Center, who provides care along with Neurosurgeons Charles Liu, M.D., Jonathan Russin, M.D., Brian Lee, M.D., Darrin Lee, M.D., Bryan Oh, M.D., Vivek Mehta, M.D. and Richard Williams, M.D. “When someone has a subdural hematoma or an epidural hematoma, they can die quickly or be left with devastating consequences. Being able to be seen here dramatically reduces the time it takes for these patients to receive care.”
The achievements are part of findings released this month in the Healthgrades 2020 Report to the Nation. In the report, Healthgrades evaluated the performance of nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide, assessing clinical outcomes across 32 procedures and conditions. The report demonstrates how clinical performance differs dramatically between hospitals nationally, regionally and at the local level, and the impact that this variation has on health outcomes.
Kaweah Delta also earned the following clinical achievements from Healthgrades:
Five-Star Recipient for Coronary Bypass Surgery for 3 Years in a Row (2017-2020)
Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Stroke for 6 Years in a Row (2015-2020)
Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Pneumonia for 7 Years in a Row (2014-2020)
Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Sepsis for 8 Years in a Row (2013-2020)
Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Respiratory Failure for 2 years in a row (2019-2020)
“As consumers navigate their health, it is important to consider a number of factors, including hospital quality, before deciding where to access care,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades. “Healthgrades’ America’s 50 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery recognizes those hospitals that have proven their dedication to quality care and exceptional outcomes over time and we applaud their efforts and achievement.”
In 2019, Kaweah Delta was ranked by HealthGrades as one of America’s 250 Best Hospitals. The distinction placed the Hospital in the top 5 percent of more than 4,500 hospitals assessed nationwide for its superior clinical performance as measured by Healthgrades. Healthgrades’ top 250 hospitals of 2020 will be released in February.
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 evaluate outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 17 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 2020 Report to the Nation and detailed study methodology can be found at www.healthgrades.com/quality.