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Garden Grove, CA – 3/22/19 – Garden Grove Hospital was named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals by IBM Watson Health this week. The study spotlights the top-performing hospitals in the U.S. list based on a balanced scorecard of publicly available clinical, operational, and patient satisfaction metrics and data.

“Each year we strive to make Garden Grove Hospital the best choice for our community.”, said Dr. Hassan Alkhouli, Chief Medical Officer. “We are transforming what community care looks like, and I look forward to the oncoming successes and services that we can continue providing.”

The Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals study uses independent and objective research to analyze hospital and health system performance in 10 clinical and operational areas addressing: risk-adjusted inpatient mortality index, risk-adjusted complications index, mean healthcare-associated infection index, mean 30-day risk-adjusted mortality rate, mean 30-day risk-adjusted readmission rate, severity-adjusted length of stay, mean emergency department throughput, case mix- and wage-adjusted inpatient expense per discharge, adjusted operating profit margin, and HCAHPS score. (patient rating of overall hospital performance). The study has been conducted annually since 1993.

“We are proud to have achieved a place among the nation’s Top 100 Hospitals. This distinction is a testament to the processes and procedures we have placed towards patient care over the years,” said Richard M. Rowe, Pharm. D, CEO of Garden Grove Hospital. “Our achievement highlights the collective efforts of our dedicated employees and medical staff’s commitment to patient care. Not only is our community able to benefit, but our healthcare system as a whole. We are proud to continue our journey to excellence.”

Garden Grove Hospital and Medical Center is the only hospital in the city of Garden Grove. The medical center opened in 1982 to help meet the culturally diverse medical needs of the community. Today, the 167-bed acute care medical facility has 500 employees and more than 550 physician affiliates. They are able to provide the community with core services that include a 24-hour Emergency Room, Medical/Surgical unit, Intensive Care Unit, Maternity Unit, Diagnostic services including an MRI Center, and Inpatient and Outpatient services. They most recently received certification as a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission.

“We are extremely proud of the employees and physicians at Garden Grove Medical Center for their dedication to achieving the highest standards in patient care,” said Sunny Bhatia, MD, Chief Medical Officer for Prime’s Division 1 hospitals. “Achieving 100 Top Hospital status multiple times is an incredible feat and is made possible by consistent dedication and collaboration among all health care providers to deliver the highest quality of care and customer experience.”

Based on the results of this year’s study, we extrapolate that if all Medicare inpatients received the same level of care as those treated in the award-winning facilities:

  • More than 103,000 additional lives could be saved;
  • More than 38,000 additional patients could be complication-free;
  • More than $8.2 billion in inpatient costs could be saved; and
  • Approximately 155,000 fewer discharged patients would be readmitted within 30 days.

“At a time when research shows that the U.S. spends nearly twice as much on healthcare as other high-income countries, yet still has poorer population health outcomes, the 100 Top Hospitals are bucking the trend by delivering consistently better care at a lower cost,” said Ekta Punwani, 100 Top Hospitals® program leader at IBM Watson Health. “The hospitals on this list represent the current vanguard in value-based care and we applaud their commitment to quality.”

The winning hospitals were announced in the March 4th edition of Modern Healthcare magazine.

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About Garden Grove Hospital Medical Center

Founded in 1982, Garden Grove Hospital Medical Center, a member of Prime Healthcare, is a 167-bed acute-care facility dedicated to providing the community with high-quality, compassionate healthcare. Garden Grove Hospital Medical Center has received “Top 100 Hospital” in the nation accolades from Truven Health Analytics and is a recipient of the Patient Safety Excellence Award from Healthgrades. Key services include general medical/surgical inpatient care and treatment, critical care, emergency services, orthopedics, maternity care, and wound care. For more information, visit

About IBM Watson Health

Watson Health is a business unit of IBM that is dedicated to the development and implementation of cognitive and data-driven technologies to advance health. Watson Health technologies are tackling a wide range of the world’s biggest health care challenges, including cancer, diabetes, drug discovery, and more. Learn more.


Cristal Gonzalez

Rachel Ford Hutman