EvergreenHealth CEO, Bob Malte. Photo by Rachel Coward.

EvergreenHealth CEO, Bob Malte. Photo by Rachel Coward.

The U.S. News & World Report has recognized EvergreenHealth of Kirkland as one of the top health care organizations in the region for clinical care and service.

EvergreenHealth’s place on the list was due by its “high performing” national rank in gastroenterology & GI surgery, nephrology and pulmonology specialty care areas, as well as its “high performing” mark for heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease treatments.

“As care providers, our mission guides us to continually strive to provide our community with the highest quality, safest, most cost-effective care, and an exceptional experience,” EvergreenHealth CEO Bob Malte said in a press release.  “U.S. News & World Report’s consistent recognition of our system’s clinical care is confirmation of the commitment that our physicians, staff and volunteers dedicate every day to enrich the lives of all those we serve.”

U.S. News & World Report’s annual “Best Hospitals” list – now in its 27th year – aims to help guide patients by recognizing hospitals that excel in providing the best care for the most serious or complicated medical conditions and procedures.

“We strive to provide patients with the highest-quality information on hospitals available,” Ben Harder, chief of health analysis at U.S. News, said in a press release. “Driving for broader transparency and evaluating hospitals in a comprehensive, fair way reflects that mission.”

This year nearly 5,000 medical centers nationwide were compared and considered, based on objective measures such as patient survival, number of patients, infection rates and adequacy of nurse staffing. The methodology also accounted for patients’ socioeconomic statuses and credited health systems that make key cardiology and heart surgery data publicly available. This year’s study covered four new categories: abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, aortic valve surgery, colon cancer surgery and lung cancer surgery. The specialty rankings and data were produced for U.S. News by RTI International, a leading research organization based in Research Triangle Park, N.C.