Straub Medical Center Only Hospital in Hawaii to be Recognized as One of America's 250 Best Hospitals for 2021


Group of Straub healthcare workers holding award trophy

Straub Medical Center has achieved the Healthgrades America’s 250 Best Hospitals Award™ for the second year in a row (2020-2021). The only hospital in Hawaii to receive this distinction in 2021, Straub is in the top five percent of nearly 4,500 hospitals assessed across the U.S. for its superior clinical performance according to Healthgrades, which is the leading resource that connects consumers, physicians and health systems.

“Our team at Straub is dedicated to providing quality, personalized care for our patients and community, and we are honored to be the only hospital in Hawaii to receive the 2021 America’s 250 Best Hospitals Award,” said Straub Chief Operating Officer Travis Clegg. “Straub was founded in 1921 by Dr. George Straub whose vision was to establish a clinic to provide better, specialized care for patients and their families. As we celebrate our centennial anniversary this year, we’re especially proud to continue Dr. Straub’s legacy and to be recognized with this award for the second straight year.”

Clegg accepted the award on behalf of the Straub team from Katharine Mongoven, Senior Director of Quality Solutions for Healthgrades, during a special virtual awards presentation held recently.

Straub was also the only hospital in Hawaii to receive the Orthopedic Surgery Excellence Award™, the Stroke Care Excellence Award™ and the Cranial Neurosurgery Excellence Award™ in 2021. Additionally, Straub was recognized for the following clinical achievements:

  • America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Gastrointestinal Care™ for 2 years in a row (2020-2021)
  • 2021 Orthopedic Surgery Excellence Award™
  • Stroke Care Excellence Award™ for 2 years in a row (2020-2021)
  • Gastrointestinal Care Excellence Award™ for 4 years in a row (2018-2021)
  • General Surgery Excellence Award™ for 7 years in a row (2015-2021)
  • Five-Star Distinctions in Pacemaker Procedures, Total Hip Replacement, Hip Fracture Treatment, Cranial Neurosurgery, Treatment of Stroke, Treatment of Pneumonia, Treatment of GI Bleed, Treatment of Sepsis, Esophageal/Stomach Surgeries, Small Intestine Surgeries.

“Amidst the coronavirus crisis, it has never been more important to acknowledge the hospitals that remain committed to delivering the highest quality care,” said Dr. Brad Bowman, Healthgrades Chief Medical Officer. “Healthgrades America’s 250 Best Hospitals recognizes organizations across the U.S. for their ongoing pursuit of the highest healthcare standards and exceptional outcomes.”

Recipients of the Healthgrades America’s 250 Best Hospitals Award stand out among the rest for overall clinical excellence across a broad spectrum of care. During the 2021 study period (Medicare Fiscal Years 2017-2019), these hospitals showed superior performance in clinical outcomes for patients in the Medicare population across at least 21 of 32 most common inpatient conditions and procedures — as measured by objective performance data (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

Celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2021, Straub remains committed to its mission of creating a healthier Hawaii with a focus on preventive care and by providing patients with convenient and comprehensive access to primary care and specialty care services. Straub has been recognized with numerous awards over the years for quality, safety and patient experience. Most recently, Straub was honored with the Healthgrades 2020 Outstanding Patient Experience Award, a distinction it has received for 11 consecutive years (2010-2020).


PHOTO CAPTION:  Straub Medical Center Chief Operating Officer Travis Clegg (far right) and Straub staff from various hospital departments (emergency department, respiratory therapy, patient services, surgery, facilities, parking, environmental services, food and nutrition services, physical therapy, and more) celebrate their recognition from Healthgrades as one of America’s 250 Best Hospitals for 2021.


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