Healthgrades Recognizes PIH Health Hospitals in National Rankings

Published on October 25, 2021

PIH Health Named America’s 100 Best for Spine Surgery, America’s 50 Best for Cardiac Surgery, and Top 5% for Surgical Care

PIH Health among the top hospitals nationally for Ortho, Cardiac and Surgical Care according to Healthgrades

According to new research released by Healthgrades, the leading resource that connects consumers, physicians and health systems, PIH Health Downey Hospital is among the Top 5% of Hospitals in the Nation for Surgical Care, PIH Health Good Samaritan Hospital is one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Spinal Surgery, and PIH Health Whittier Hospital is one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery in 2022.

“Our commitment to patient health and well-being has always been the driving force as we work together to deliver exceptional quality care to our communities,” says James R. West, PIH Health president and chief executive officer. “We are honored to once again be recognized by Healthgrades and attribute our recognitions to the unwavering dedication of all our employees, medical staff, and volunteers. As we continue to meet the challenges of the ongoing pandemic, the health of our communities is as important as ever.”

Every year, Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance at nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 31 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions.* The hospitals that have achieved the Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery, 100 Best for Spine Surgery, or Top 5% for Surgical Care have demonstrated exceptional quality of care. From 2018-2020, patients treated at hospitals receiving the America's 50 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery Award have, on average, a 52.8% lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the award.*

PIH Health Downey Hospital was also recognized for the following clinical achievements:

  • Recipient of the Healthgrades Joint Replacement Excellence Award™ for 4 years in a row (2019-2022)
    • Five-Star Recipient for Pacemaker Procedures for 4 years in a row (2019-2022)
    • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Pneumonia in 2022
    • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of GI Bleed for 2 years in a row (2021-2022)
    • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Diabetic Emergencies in 2022

PIH Health Good Samaritan Hospital was also recognized for the following clinical achievements:

  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Heart Failure in 2022
  • Five-Star Recipient for Pacemaker Procedures in 2022
  • Five-Star Recipient for Colorectal Surgeries in 2022
  • Five-Star Recipient for Gallbladder Removal Surgery in 2022

PIH Health Whittier Hospital was also recognized for the following clinical achievements:

  • Five-Star Recipient for Hip Fracture Treatment for 6 years in a row (2017-2022)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Pneumonia in 2022
  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Bowel Obstruction for 4 years in a row (2019-2022)

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 31 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).


* Statistics are based on Healthgrades analysis of MedPAR data for years 2018 through 2020 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 2017 through 2019. Due to the highly variable impact of the pandemic on hospital outcomes, Healthgrades made the decision to exclude cases with a COVID-19 diagnosis from the 2020 data in order to preserve the statistical integrity of our models and fairly evaluate clinical outcomes at all hospitals. To view the complete methodology, please visit: https://www.healthgrades.com/quality/ratings-awards/methodology