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Hospital Death Rates for Five Surgeries Vary

March 27, 1988|ROBERT STEINBROOK | Times Medical Writer

Total Deaths Hospital Patients By % STATEWIDE 10,726 1.96% High Death Rates Desert Hospital, Palm Springs 67 8.96% Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, Valencia 42 7.14% Sharp Memorial Hospital, San Diego 119 5.88% Anaheim Memorial Hospital 54 5.56% Mercy San Juan Hospital, Carmichael 120 5.00%

One hospital that performed more than 125 surgeries had no deaths. The difference from the state average was not statistically significant.

Total Deaths Hospital Patients By % Loma Linda University Medical Center 133 0.00%

TOTAL HIP REPLACEMENT

Total Deaths Hospital Patients By % STATEWIDE 10,594 0.89%

Five hospitals had statistically significant high mortality rates, including these hospitals with more than two deaths.

Total Deaths Hospital Patients By % Brotman Medical Center, Culver City 44 6.82% St. Jude Hospital and Rehab Center, Fullerton 53 5.66%

Six hospitals that performed more than 150 surgeries had no deaths. The differences from the state average were not statistically significant.

Total Deaths Hospital Patients By % Green Hospital of Scripps Clinic, La Jolla 282 0.0% Centinela Hospital Medical Center, Inglewood 153 0.0% Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital 157 0.0% Stanford University Hospital 165 0.0% UCLA Medical Center, Westwood 248 0.0% UC Medical Center, San Francisco 215 0.0%

FIVE YEARS OF HEART BYPASS DEATH RATES

The Times obtained heart bypass mortality statistics covering five years for five California hospitals with high death rates in 1985 and one hospital with a low death rate.

1983 Total Deaths Hospital Patients By % Daniel Freeman Memorial Hospital 270 4.4% Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center 59 8.5% Pacific Presbyterian Med Center, San Francisco 216 6.5% UC Med Center, San Francisco 152 3.9% UCLA Medical Center 179 4.5% Kaiser Foundation Hospital, San Francisco 296 1.7%

1984 1985 1986 1987* Total Deaths Total Deaths Total Deaths Total Deaths Hospital Patients By % Patients By % Patients By % Patients By % Daniel Freeman Memorial Hospital 186 3.2% 181 12.2% 143 13.0% 160 5.6% Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center 16 12.5% 55 14.5% 44 11.4% 31 6.5% Pacific Presbyterian Med Center, San Francisco 176 10.8% 156 10.9% 131 6.1% 132 6.1% UC Med Center, San Francisco 160 6.9% 163 14.7% 179 9.5% 102 11.8% UCLA Medical Center 152 5.3% 145 9.0% 172 8.7% 167 4.2% Kaiser Foundation Hospital, San Francisco 327 3.1% 449 1.6% 371 1.1% 432 1.4%

* \o7 1987 statistics for UCSF are for the first nine months only.

Statistics exclude patients who also underwent heart valve replacement.\f7

Sources: Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, hospital statistics

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