HealthGrades Rates MCDH #1 in Total Hip Replacement


National Study Finds Mendocino Coast District Hospital in Top 10% Nationwide for Total Hip Replacements and Pneumonia Care

Fort Bragg, CA – January 5, 2011 –HealthGrades, the leading independent healthcare ratings organization, published a study in December showing that Mendocino Coast District Hospital is among the top 10% in the nation for treatment of pneumonia and total hip replacement. The nation’s nearly 5,000 hospitals were all included in this sweeping study, which examined mortality rates and complication rates from government data from 2007, 2008 and 2009. MCDH is also ranked #1 in total hip replacement in Mendocino, Lake and Humboldt Counties as the only hospital with a 5-star rating, according to HealthGrades.

“Because of its independence, achieving a HealthGrades 5-Star rating is a tremendous accomplishment and a reflection of our on-going effort to provide the best quality healthcare at Mendocino Coast Hospital,” said Raymond Hino, CEO.

The Thirteenth Annual HealthGrades Hospital Quality in America study, the largest annual report of its kind, analyzed patient outcomes from nearly 40 million Medicare hospitalization records over a three-year period.

HealthGrades’ hospital ratings are the leading objective, actionable quality measures based solely on clinical performance made available to the public.

Top-performing hospitals had dramatically lower mortality rates than other hospitals, according to the study. For the 17 procedures and diagnoses for which HealthGrades analyzed mortality rates, patients at top hospitals had a 72% lower chance of dying when compared with the lowest-performing hospitals, and a 53% lower chance of dying when compared to the U.S. national average.

HealthGrades Hospital Quality Ratings

HealthGrades rates hospitals independently based on data that hospitals submit to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. No hospital can opt in or out of being rated, and no hospital pays to be rated.

For 26 procedures and medical 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 equal comparisons.

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

About Mendocino Coast District Hospital

MCDH is a 25-bed critical access rural hospital with 24-hour emergency care, obstetrics, state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging, lab, physical and occupational therapy and outpatient and orthopedic surgery.  The hospital and its affiliated primary care practice, the North Coast Family Health Center, provide care to some 25,000 residents along Mendocino Coast in Northern California.