HealthGrades analyzed 5,000 hospitals across the nation from 2003 to 2005, officials said. “Quality patient care is our top priority,” said Cary V. Kiff, president and CEO of Beverly Hospital. “Our physicians, nurses and staff work hard at Beverly Hospital to achieve the highest quality of care possible for our patients.” According to HealthGrades, patients who are treated at a hospital that receives the award are 28 percent less likely to die under care and 5 percent less likely to endure any major complications. As a result of the HealthGrades study, Beverly Hospital was also rated as among the top 10 percent in the nation for pulmonary, maternity and gastrointestinal services, hospital officials said. “It’s a big accomplishment,” said Corali Nakamatsu, supervisor of women’s services at Beverly. “We have had some previous recognition in the past, but it’s never been in the top 10 percent.” MONTEBELLO – Beverly Hospital has been awarded a 2007 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence by HealthGrades for being among the nation’s best hospitals, officials have announced. Beverly Hospital was among only 266 non-federal hospitals in the United States to receive the award, officials said. “I think it’s significant to everyone, because hard work has earned this,” said Alice Cheng, spokeswoman for Beverly Hospital. “Even though we are a smaller community hospital, our staff is comparable to the other national facilities.” HealthGrades, a leading independent health care company that releases studies on the nation’s hospitals, examined complication and mortality rates. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3911 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!