Stanford Health Care
Quality and Safety
When you or your family need care, we are here.
Since 1959, Stanford Health Care has delivered world-class health care. Human-centered and discovery-led, we care deeply about every one of our patients. Our team of professionals is committed to providing a highly personalized patient experience.
When you are treated at Stanford Health Care, we deliver quality and safety. The results speak for themselves.
Stanford Health Care Voices: Hear from Our Employees
In our new video series, Stanford Health Care employees share why they are excited about their work. “I work with amazing people who have a passion for what they do,” says Ashley Ward, an administrative assistant in the solid organ transplant department.
Measuring Quality Helps Us Ensure Quality
Stanford Health Care prioritizes quality improvement efforts to provide the greatest benefit to our patients and their families. We have ongoing programs to ensure we meet the safety goals of the Joint Commission and other regulatory agencies. Read about our initiatives »
Since delivering quality care to you is our #1 commitment, we put programs in place to continually measure and improve our quality. We offer you clear, accurate information about our quality so that you can make informed decisions about your care. See our quality data »
How Quality is Measured
One important factor in measuring quality, called the Case Mix Index (CMI), compares patients' severity of illness between hospitals. Because Stanford Health Care specializes in caring for complex conditions, we see some of the highest rates of severely ill patients in the country. Learn more »
Awards & Rankings
Vizient Quality Leadership Award 2021 Winner
Stanford Medicine Recognized by Vizient as a Top Performer in Quality and Safety for 2021
Our rankings in the top ten percent for both inpatient and ambulatory care are a direct result of collaboration between staff and faculty at Stanford Health Care and the School of Medicine
Ranked Among the Top Ten Hospitals in the Nation By U.S. News & World Report
One of America’s Best for Quality, Safety, and Reputation
The ranking reflects the hospital's spot among the top 1% of more than 4,500 hospitals surveyed.
The American College of Surgeons
Level 1 Trauma Center since 1998
Stanford Hospital is the only hospital between San Francisco and San Jose verified as a level 1 trauma center.
The Joint Commission
Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center Designation
Stanford Health Care received the first ever Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center designation in the U.S. in 2012
Bicyclist Finds New "Roads" to Conquer After Traumatic Brain Injury
While cycling through Oklahoma, he crashed, landing on his head. He spent nine days in a coma. When he was stable enough to be moved, his family chose Stanford. There, a team of traumatic brain injury specialists stabilized his inter-cranial pressure, rebuilt his skull and supported him through his neurologic therapy. Facing multiple years to fully recover, Brett pushed himself physically and mentally. Six years later, Brett walks 40 to 70 miles a week and has completed 600 rides on a stationary bicycle. “I really feel like I’ve pulled through it the best I possibly could,” he said. “At Stanford, the whole team was great at making sure the right things happened for me to have the amazingly good recovery I’ve had so far.”
Young Woman Faces Breast Cancer After Birth of Baby
During a routine pregnancy ultrasound, Parul felt a lump in her breast. Knowing she carried a genetic risk for breast cancer, she scheduled a biopsy.Just days after delivering her daughter, she was diagnosed. Within a month, she was being treated at Stanford. “Genetic testing probably saved my life,” said Parul. “Because we knew her BRCA status, we could more optimally select therapies,” said her Stanford medical oncologist Melinda Telli, MD. After 12 weeks of targeted, combination chemotherapy, followed by surgery, Parul was cancer free.
Focal Therapy for Prostate Cancer Gives Patient Full Recovery
Ron received a cancer diagnosis the day before his 58th birthday. It all started with a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test, a common blood test given to men to identify issues with their prostate. “It wasn’t super high, but it was high enough that a biopsy was recommended,” said Ron, a commercial real estate business owner in Lodi. “Everything progressed pretty quickly after I got my results. Within a month or two, I had to start making some choices and the options weren’t really appealing.”