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Published on October 13, 2009

Overlake Hospital Medical Center Five-Star Rated for Spine, Back and Neck Surgery

Rating Based on Study of Patient Outcomes at the Nation’s Hospitals by HealthGrades

Bellevue, WA (October 13, 2009) – Overlake Hospital Medical Center received a 5-star rating for spine surgery, back and neck surgery and treatment of gastrointestinal bleeding from HealthGrades, the leading independent healthcare ratings organization. The recognition is based on HealthGrades’ 12th annual Hospital Quality in America study, released today, which analyzes patient outcomes at virtually all of the nation’s hospitals.
In addition, Overlake is a recipient of the 2009/2010 HealthGrades Maternity Care Excellence Award™, placing the hospital in the top 10 percent in the nation for maternity care. Earlier this year, Overlake received the 2009 HealthGrades® Patient Safety Excellence Award,™ ranking the hospital in the top five percent of all U.S. hospitals for patient safety.

“Overlake is committed to providing our patients with the highest-quality care possible,” said Richard Bryan, Overlake Vice President of Quality and Safety. “We’re extremely proud of our quality and safety record and it reflects the continuing efforts of physicians and staff throughout the hospital.”

The HealthGrades study, the largest annual report of its kind, analyzed patient outcomes in nearly 40 million Medicare hospitalization records from 5,000 hospitals over the years 2006, 2007 and 2008. This year’s study found:

  • Across all 17 procedures and diagnoses in which mortality was studied, there was an approximate 72 percent lower chance of dying in a 5-star rated hospital compared to a 1-star rated hospital, and a 52 percent lower chance of dying in a 5-star hospital compared with the national average.
  • If all hospitals performed at the level of a 5-star rated hospital across the 17 procedures and diagnoses studied, 224,537 Medicare lives could potentially have been saved from 2006 through 2008.

HealthGrades Ratings

HealthGrades’ hospital ratings and awards reflect the track record of patient outcomes at hospitals in the form of mortality and complication rates. HealthGrades rates hospitals independently based on data that hospitals submit to the federal government. No hospital can opt in or out of being rated, and no hospital pays to be rated.

For 28 procedures and treatments, HealthGrades issues star ratings that reflect the mortality and complication rates for each category of care. Hospitals receiving a 5-star rating have mortality or complication rates that are below the national average, to a statistically significant degree. A 3-star rating means the hospital performs as expected. One-star ratings indicate the hospital’s mortality or complication rates in that procedure or treatment are statistically higher than average. Because the risk profiles of patient populations at hospitals are not alike, HealthGrades risk-adjusts the data to allow for apples-to-apples comparisons.

More information on today’s HealthGrades study, including the complete methodology, can be found at

Overlake Hospital Medical Center is a nonprofit, non-tax supported regional medical center. Overlake offers a comprehensive range of services including cardiac care, cancer care, general and specialty surgery, women's programs, senior care, and the only Level III trauma service on the Eastside. For more information, visit