Hiran Ratnayake
Senior Communications Manager
Department of External Affairs

ChristianaCare Among Top 2% of U.S. Hospitals for Clinical Outcomes According to Healthgrades

ChristianaCare today announced that it has achieved the Healthgrades 2020 America’s 100 Best Hospitals Award™.

The distinction places ChristianaCare in the top 2% of nearly 4,500 hospitals assessed nationwide for its consistent, year-over-year superior clinical performance as measured by Healthgrades. ChristianaCare has received the America’s 100 Best Hospitals Award for four years in a row (2017-2020) for Christiana Hospital and Wilmington Hospital.

“At ChristianaCare, we’re committed to providing the right care, at the right time, in the right place for all of the people who live in all of the communities we serve,” said Janice E. Nevin, M.D., MPH, president and CEO. “Paramount to that commitment is a focus on providing the highest quality care in the safest environment to ensure the best outcomes for our patients and their families. We are proud to be rated nationally and globally for quality and safety standards and view this recognition as further evidence of our dedication to being exceptional today and even better tomorrow.”

“Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals Award sets the recipient organizations apart for their commitment to quality of care and outstanding clinical outcomes,” said Brad Bowman, M.D., chief medical officer at Healthgrades. “Consumers can feel confident in using Healthgrades analysis as a guide when researching where to receive care.”

According to Healthgrades, from 2016 through 2018, patients treated in hospitals achieving the award had, on average, a 25.2% lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the award, as measured across 19 rated conditions and procedures for which mortality is the outcome.*

During that same period, if all hospitals performed similarly to those achieving the Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals Award, 170,783 lives could potentially have been saved. For example, patients treated for stroke in hospitals achieving the award have, on average, a 25.2% lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the award.*

In addition to Healthgrades, ChristianaCare is nationally recognized as a top performer in quality and safety by other respected ratings organizations including U.S. News & World Report, Newsweek and the American College of Surgeons.

ChristianaCare received the following distinctions from Healthgrades in 2020:

  • America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Joint Replacement™ for 5 Years in a Row (2016-2020).
  • America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Spine Surgery™ for 7 Years in a Row (2014-2020).
  • America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Gastrointestinal Care™ for 9 Years in a Row (2012-2020).
  • America’s 100 Best Hospitals for General Surgery™ for 9 Years in a Row (2012-2020).
  • Top 5% in the nation in joint replacement, spine surgery and overall pulmonary services.
  • Top 5% in the nation for overall services for gastrointestinal care, including general surgery and medical treatment.

Recipients of the Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals Award stand out among the rest for overall clinical excellence across a broad spectrum of care. During the 2020 study period (2016 through 2018), these hospitals showed superior performance in clinical outcomes for patients in the Medicare population across 21 of the 32 most common inpatient conditions and procedures — as measured by objective performance data such as risk-adjusted mortality and in-hospital complications.

To learn more about how Healthgrades determines award recipients, and for more information on Healthgrades Quality Solutions, please visit

*Statistics are based on Healthgrades analysis of MedPAR data for years 2016 through 2018 and represent 3-year estimates for Medicare patients only.


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About ChristianaCare

Headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware, ChristianaCare is one of the country’s most dynamic health care organizations, centered on improving health outcomes, making high-quality care more accessible and lowering health care costs. ChristianaCare includes an extensive network of primary care and outpatient services, home health care, urgent care centers, three hospitals (1,299 beds), a freestanding emergency department, a Level I trauma center and a Level III neonatal intensive care unit, a comprehensive stroke center and regional centers of excellence in heart and vascular care, cancer care and women’s health. It also includes the pioneering Gene Editing Institute.

ChristianaCare is nationally recognized as a great place to work, rated by Forbes as the 5th best health system to work for in the United States and by IDG Computerworld as one of the nation’s Best Places to Work in IT. ChristianaCare is rated by HealthGrades as one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals and continually ranked among the nation’s best by Newsweek and other national quality ratings. ChristianaCare is a nonprofit teaching health system with more than 260 residents and fellows. With its groundbreaking Center for Virtual Health and a focus on population health and value-based care, ChristianaCare is shaping the future of health care.