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St. Joseph Mercy Oakland
44405 Woodward Avenue
Pontiac, MI 48341

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St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Named Distinguished Hospital For Clinical Excellence

St. Joe’s Named in National Ratings Organization’s First-Ever List of America’s Top 50 Cities for Hospital Care

Pontiac, Mich.—St. Joseph Mercy Oakland (SJMO) was named a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence ™ in HealthGrades’ first-ever list of America’s Top 50 Cities for Hospital Care.  HealthGrades is the nation’s leading independent health care ratings organization.

Along with its sister hospital, St. Mary Mercy Livonia, SJMO was included in the list which named Detroit a Top 50 city for hospital care.  The clinical excellence designation follows SJMO’s recognition as one of the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals as determined by Thomson Reuters and its recent accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons.

“We are proud to add this honor to our list of achievements in the areas of quality patient care and service,” said Jack Weiner, SJMO President and CEO.  “This recognition is testament to our ongoing commitment to provide the highest level of care to the community.”

The Top 50 Cities for Hospital Care list was based on an analysis of risk-adjusted patient mortality and complication rates at almost 5,000 hospitals nationwide.  As part of its ninth annual HealthGrades Hospital Quality and Clinical Excellence study, HealthGrades identified Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical excellence—hospitals performing in the top 5 percent nationwide for 26 medical procedures and diagnoses—then ranked cities by highest percentage of these hospitals.  The analysis was based on data for more than 40 million Medicare patient discharges between 2007 and 2009.

Other key study findings include:

  • Top-rated hospitals outperformed all other hospitals across all 17 mortality cohorts and six of nine complication cohorts studied.
  • Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence had a 29.82 percent lower risk-adjusted in-hospital mortality rate and a 1.91 percent lower risk-adjusted in-hospital complication rate among Medicare beneficiaries compared to all other hospitals.
  • If all hospitals performed at the level of the Distinguished Hospitals, 158,684 Medicare lives could potentially have been saved and 3,511 Medicare in-hospital complications could potentially have been avoided.

In a survey of nearly 15,000 visitors to that was included in the quality and clinical excellence study, 83.4 percent of consumers are very or somewhat concerned about hospital quality in their communities, and almost all of the patients surveyed, 93.8 percent, reported being willing to go out of their way (drive further, reschedule appointments) to seek care at a more highly rated hospital.  The majority of health care consumers surveyed also said they would be willing to pay more out of pocket to seek care at a top-rated hospital.

About St. Joseph Mercy Oakland
St Joseph Mercy Oakland is a 443-bed comprehensive, community, teaching hospital and a long-time leader in health care in Oakland County.  Founded in 1927 by the Sisters of Mercy, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland has won numerous local and national awards for patient safety, quality and performance, and consistently ranks in the top 10 percent of hospitals nationwide.  A member of the Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, St Joseph Mercy Oakland is a technologically leading hospital that combines advanced medicine and personal care to assist patients on their path to wellness. With dedicated physicians, nurses and hospital staff committed to providing quality care throughout the patient stay, St Joseph Mercy Oakland has truly personalized the patient care experience.

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About Saint Joseph Mercy Health System
Saint Joseph Mercy Health System (SJMHS) is a newly expanded health care organization serving southeast Michigan. Health coverage spans six counties, including Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw and Wayne. It includes 537-bed St. Joseph Mercy in Ann Arbor, 443-bed St. Joseph Mercy Oakland in Pontiac, 304-bed St. Mary Mercy in Livonia, 136-bed St. Joseph Mercy Livingston in Howell, 119-bed St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron, 113-bed Chelsea Community Hospital and 74-bed St. Joseph Mercy Saline. Combined, the seven hospitals are licensed for 1,726 beds, have five outpatient health centers, five urgent care facilities, more than 25 specialty centers; employ more than 14,000 individuals and have a medical staff of nearly 2,700 physicians. 

A member of Trinity Health, the nation’s fourth largest Catholic health care organization, SJMHS is committed to providing a remarkable patient experience by using leading edge technology in a comforting and healing environment. As a mission based organization, Saint Joseph Mercy Health System provides approximately $100 million in community benefit to the communities it serves each year.

For more information on health services offered at Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, please visit

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