FARMINGTON — San Juan Regional Medical Center has received the 2013 Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence.

The award ranks the center among the top 5 percent of hospitals in the nation for overall clinical excellence. San Juan Regional Medical Center is the only hospital in New Mexico and in the Four Corners region to receive the award.

"This level of clinical achievement is a testament to our commitment to providing high-quality care," said the hospital's CEO Rick Wallace in a written statement.

The hospital also received the Healthgrades Critical Care Excellence Award for 2013, as well as the Pulmonary Care Excellence Award for the fourth year in a row. For five years in a row, the hospital has received five stars for overall pulmonary services, as well as for treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Healthgrades, which is headquartered in Denver, ranks the quality and safety of health care providers. The company independently analyzes more than 4,500 hospitals each year, using three years of Medicare patient data and comparing actual and predicted performance for specific patient outcomes. The higher star ratings reflect performance that is better than expected.

San Juan Regional Medical Center also received five-star designations for the treatment of stroke, overall orthopedic services, joint replacement, total knee replacement, hip fracture treatment, and, for the fourth year in a row, the treatment of heart attacks.

"We work very hard to put our patients first by personalizing their care and offering exceptional services delivered by highly-trained staff," Wallace said.


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