Today, Healthgrades named EvergreenHealth to its 2018 America’s 100 Best Hospitals™ list, recognizing the Kirkland-based health system’s high-quality, patient-centered care for the second consecutive year. The distinction places EvergreenHealth among an elite group of hospitals nationwide, which represent the top 2 percent of more than 4,500 U.S. hospitals, recognized for consistent, year-over-year superior clinical performance across a broad spectrum of care.Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals, selected recipients of the 2018 America’s 100 Best Hospitals Award based on outstanding performance in clinical outcomes for patients in the Medicare population across many of the most common inpatient conditions and procedures during the 2018 study period (2014-2016).“A national distinction like this 100 Best award is a reflection of our system-wide commitment to absolutely safety, quality care and an exceptional patient experience, delivered each day by every EvergreenHealth provider, staff member and volunteer,” said EvergreenHealth CEO Bob Malte. “Our collective commitment to continually fulfilling our mission to advance the health of our community with high-quality and cost-effective care helps us achieve the best clinical outcomes for our patients.”EvergreenHealth is one of only six hospitals in Washington to earn the 100 Best distinction this year. The accolade joins numerous other national achievements recognizing EvergreenHealth for quality care over the past year, including:· Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence for the ninth time in 10 years;· Truven Health AnalyticsTM Top 100 Hospital award for “Large Community Hospitals,” two years in a row;· 5-Star Overall Rating from the Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS), one of only 337 in the country;· Leapfrog “A” Hospital Safety Grade;· Recognition as one of “100 Great Community Hospitals” by Becker’s Hospital Review;· and a renewed designation as a Baby-Friendly hospital.From 2014 through 2016, patients treated in hospitals achieving Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals Award had, on average, a 22.3 percent lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive this award, as measured across 19 rated conditions and procedures where mortality is the outcome.During this same period, if all other hospitals, as a group, performed at the level of America’s 100 Best Hospitals Award recipients, an average of 162,284 lives could potentially have been saved. For example, patients treated at a hospital that has achieved the America’s 100 Best Hospitals Award had, on average, a 9.1 percent lower risk of dying during their hospital stays for heart failure than if treated at a hospital that did not receive the award.To learn more about how Healthgrades determines America’s 100 Best Hospitals Award recipients, please visit www.healthgrades.com/quality.