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Published on October 15, 2008

HealthGrades Awards Overlake Five-Star Ratings For Joint Replacement, Total Knee Replacement and Other Types of Surgical Care

Overlake’s quality of patient care cited by HealthGrades’ 11th Annual Hospital Quality in America Study, the most comprehensive independent annual study of hospital quality in the nation

Bellevue, WA (October 15, 2008) – Overlake Hospital Medical Center has received a top five-star rating for the quality of care for multiple, major surgical procedures including joint replacement, total knee replacement, valve replacement, spine surgery, back and neck surgery, spinal fusion and carotid surgery by HealthGrades, the healthcare ratings company.

Overlake is also the recipient of the HealthGrades Spine Surgery Excellence Award and named Best in the Region for Spinal Surgery.

“We’re proud of our clinical achievements and the quality improvement efforts that continue hospital-wide at Overlake,” said Overlake President and CEO Craig Hendrickson. “Ensuring consistency in patient care quality is a tremendous focus and continues to be one of the primary goals of this organization. Our quality-driven, patient-centered care results in excellent patient outcomes, as evidenced by the multiple five-star ratings from HealthGrades.”

These findings were included in the 11th annual HealthGrades Hospital Quality in America Study, which analyzed more than 41 million Medicare hospitalization records from 2005 to 2007 at the nation’s approximately 5,000 non-federal hospitals. Also according to the study, patients treated at the nation’s top-rated hospitals for 17 common procedures and conditions have a 70 percent lower chance of dying compared to those treated at the lowest-rated hospitals. The procedures and conditions range from heart attack and pneumonia care to respiratory failure.

While overall death rates declined from 2005 to 2007, the nation’s best-performing hospitals were able to reduce preventable deaths at a much faster rate than poor-performing hospitals, resulting in large state, regional and hospital-to-hospital variations in the quality of patient care, the study found.

Since 2003, Overlake has embraced the national effort among hospitals to implement and monitor evidence-based practices for all surgical patients. This effort has resulted in significant improvements in the prevention of surgical site infections, deep vein thrombosis and cardiac complications.

Today HealthGrades; made available its 2009 quality ratings for virtually every hospital in the country at, a Web site designed to help individuals research and compare local healthcare providers.  The quality ratings are based on the eleventh annual HealthGrades Hospital Quality in America Study.

On its Web site, HealthGrades offers, free to consumers, quality ratings of 27 procedures and treatments for virtually every hospital in the country. The Web site is designed so that consumers can easily compare patient outcomes at their local hospitals for procedures ranging from aortic aneurysm repair to bypass surgery. Each hospital receives a star rating based on its patient outcomes as measured by mortality or complication rates for each procedure or treatment.

Hospitals with outcomes that are above average to a statistically significant degree receive a five-star rating. Hospitals with average outcomes receive a three-star rating, and hospitals with outcomes that are below average receive a one-star rating. Because no two hospitals or their patients’ risk profiles are alike, HealthGrades employs extensive risk-adjustment algorithms to ensure that it is making analogous comparisons.