Adventist Health Clear Lake is Healthgrades 5-star recipient for treatment of sepsis

CLEARLAKE, Calif. – Adventist Health Clear Lake Hospital is 5-star rated for treatment of sepsis outcomes according to new research released by Healthgrades, the leading resource that connects consumers, physicians and health systems.

Every year, Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance at nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 32 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions using Medicare data, and additional analyzes outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 16 states.

This analysis shows that patients treated at hospitals receiving a 5-star rating have a lower risk of dying and a lower risk of experiencing one or more complications during a hospital stay than if they were treated at hospitals receiving a 1-star rating in that procedure or condition.

From 2017 through 2019, if all hospitals as a group performed similarly to hospitals receiving 5-stars as a group, on average, 218,785 lives could potentially have been saved and complications in 148,681 patients could potentially have been avoided.*

For the 2021 Report to the Nation, Healthgrades compared hospitals with statistically better than expected performance (5-stars), as a group, to those with statistically worse than expected performance (1-star), as a group, and found from 2017 to 2019, patients treated for sepsis in hospitals with 5-stars for in-hospital mortality have, on average:

– 38.9 percent lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals with 1-star for in-house mortality.
– From 2017 to 2019, patients treated for sepsis in hospitals with 1-star for in-hospital mortality are, on average: 1.6 times more likely to die than if they were treated in hospitals with 5-stars for in-hospital mortality.

The statistics are based on Healthgrades analysis of MedPAR data for years 2017 through 2019 and represent three-year estimates for Medicare patients only.

“Hospital quality has never been more important, and consumers are becoming more aware of the importance of researching where they receive care before they visit a hospital for a specific procedure or condition,” said Brad Bowman, MD, chief medical officer at Healthgrades. “Hospitals that receive a Healthgrades 5-star rating for treatment of sepsis demonstrate exceptional outcomes and their ability to provide quality care for patients.”

“Adventist Health Clear Lake is committed to quality care for all our patients and we are proud of the work our team has done in the treatment of sepsis,” said Colleen Assavapisitkul, patient experience officer at Adventist Health Clear Lake. “We are constantly working to implement best practices and improve our treatment processes and this award is evidence of our success.”

AHCL was also recognized for the following clinical achievements.

Adventist Health Clear Lake has been recognized with four stars by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, or CMS, based on safety, effective care and patient experience.

CMS awarded four stars to just 1,136 hospitals nationwide. We are proud of our team’s commitment to provide exceptional care for our community and for each family that trusts us for care when they need it most.

Adventist Health Clear Lake is one of 12 medical centers out of 450 in the Premier Hospital Engagement Network to receive CMS recognition as top performer in 6 or more measures in a pilot program, Partnership for Patients.

Cal Hospital Compare recognized Adventist Health Clear Lake for their high performance in maternity care and commitment to safe opioid care for the third year in a row (2017, 2018, 2019).

Adventist Health Clear Lake was 1 of 134 hospitals on the Maternity Honor Roll and 1 of 60 on the Opioid Care Honor Roll. Honor Roll recognition highlights Adventist Health Clear Lake’s work in reducing births by C-section for first-time mothers with low-risk pregnancies and programs designed to increased access to addiction treatment for hospitalized patients and reduction of opioid-related deaths.

For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 45 million Medicare inpatient records for nearly 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide to assess hospital performance in 32 common conditions and procedures, and evaluated outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 16 states.

Healthgrades recognizes a hospital’s quality achievements for cohort-specific performance, specialty area performance, and overall clinical quality. Individual procedure or condition cohorts are designated as 5-star (statistically significantly better than expected), 3-star (not statistically different from expected) and 1-star (statistically significantly worse than expected).

The complete Healthgrades 2021 Report to the Nation and detailed study methodology, can be found at