Providence St. Joseph Medical Center has received a five-star
excellence rating for cardiac, neuroscience and obstetrics procedures
from HealthGrades, a provider of health-care quality information.
The ratings received for treatment of heart attack, heart failure,
stroke and obstetrics place the medical center among the best in the
nation for these categories, according to HealthGrades. In addition,
the medical center placed No. 1 in California for stroke care, and in
the top 5% in the nation for stroke and obstetrics care.
The rating information is based on data collected from 1999
through 2001 by the federal government’s Center for Medicare and
The medical center competed with more than 5,000 hospitals across
the country. Receiving a five-star designation indicates that the
hospital has generally scored among the top 15% in the nation for