(LOS ANGELES, CA – August 28, 2013) — Memorial Hospital of Gardena (MHG), a facility of Avanti Hospitals, LLC, is one of the safest hospitals for surgery in the South Bay area, according to a first-time, national analysis released by Consumer Reports in July.

Of the 353 California hospitals evaluated in the study, scores ranged from the highest of 67 on a 100-point scale to the lowest score of 25. The rankings reflects the hospitals’ success at avoiding hospital-acquired infections, avoiding readmissions, providing information about medications and discharge instructions to patients, appropriate use of chest and abdominal scanning, and avoiding serious medical complications.

Compared to a total of seven hospitals in the South Bay area included in the study, MHG was listed as the second-safest facility in which to undergo surgery.

“We are pleased to be recognized as one of the safest hospitals in our area for surgical safety, as this review recognizes the continued investment and importance our hospital places on patient safety,” said Araceli Lonergan, Chief Executive Officer of the 172-bed hospital.

The study was based on three years of Medicare billing claims for 27 common, scheduled surgeries, ranging from angioplasty to hip and knee replacements. Nearly 2,500 hospitals from across the nation were included in the study, which examined data from 2009 to 2011.

There are several other ratings studies compiled each year on hospital safety, such as those listed on the Quality Check, Healthgrades, Hospital Compare, and Leapfrog Group websites.

“Patients should utilize the many resources available, such as this analysis from Consumer Reports, to make informed decisions about their healthcare,” said Edward Mirzabegian, Corporate Chief Executive Officer of Avanti Hospitals, LLC. “I’d like to congratulate the staff of MHG for this achievement; it is another example of Avanti’s commitment to providing the safest and highest-quality care to our patients.”

About Avanti Hospitals, LLC
The Avanti Hospitals, LLC system consists of Memorial Hospital of Gardena, Coast Plaza Hospital, East Los Angeles Doctors Hospital, and Community Hospital of Huntington Park. All four acute care hospitals are located near Los Angeles, California. Avanti’s mission is to provide affordable, high-quality healthcare services to their community with consistency and compassion, which they achieve by focusing on hospitals in underserved areas that will benefit from this strategy. For more information, visit

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