Date: 2/24/2009

Community Hospital named among Best in Nation for Second Consecutive Year

Patients at HealthGrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals
Have Better Survival Rates/Fewer Complications

Based upon its superior clinical performance, Community Hospital in Munster has been named as a HealthGrades America’s 50 Best HospitalTM for 2009, placing it in the top one percent of all hospitals in the nation for quality outcomes. Community Hospital is the only hospital in Indiana to achieve this distinction for the second consecutive year.

Hospitals named to this list are those that had quality outcomes rated in the top five percent in the country for six consecutive years across 26 different procedures and conditions.

“It’s one thing to say you are committed to quality care, but quite another to be able to consistently deliver on that promise,” said John Gorski, Chief Operating Officer for Community Healthcare System. “Community Hospital’s record of outstanding care is a tribute to the hard work and dedication of the community that built this hospital, and of our physicians, staff and volunteers who incorporate excellence into everything they do.”

The HealthGrades America’s 50 Best Hospital designation is based exclusively on clinical outcomes — risk-adjusted mortality and complication rates for patients at every one of the nation’s nearly 5,000 non-federal hospitals. Hospitals cannot opt-in or out of this independent analysis.

“Community Hospital has been named among HealthGrades’ America’s 50 Best two years in a row,” said Don Fesko, CEO of Community Hospital. “The designation demonstrates that our healthcare team is able to consistently deliver high quality care to our patients and that we have the processes in place to continue to strive to be the very best. People in Northwest Indiana and the south suburbs of Chicago are able to receive nationally recognized care close to home at Community Hospital.”

Patients admitted to an America’s 50 Best Hospital are approximately 27 percent less likely to die and eight percent less likely to suffer from a major complication than patients admitted to non-recipient hospitals, according to HealthGrades, the nation’s leading independent healthcare ratings organization.

To determine America’s 50 Best Hospitals, HealthGrades analyzed more than 110 million Medicare hospitalization records from every hospital in the nation. Those facilities must have demonstrated superior clinical outcomes, not just in one medical specialty, but across 26 different procedures and conditions, and must have maintained this superior level of care year after year. To make this year’s list, the winners maintained quality levels among the top five percent in the nation for a minimum of six consecutive years.

“The hospitals who receive this distinction have figured out how to hardwire clinical excellence into the fabric of their organizations” said Dr. Samantha Collier, HealthGrades’ chief medical officer and lead study author. “They are able to maintain superior levels of quality and excellence day after day, year after year.”

“Consistency is key. Our goal has always been and continues to be to provide the best care possible,” Fesko said. “We’re proud to be recognized for the care we provide by an outside organization that has found our patient outcomes to be consistently among the best in America two years in a row.”

Community Hospital’s service lines clinical quality excellence which contributes to the America’s 50 Best Hospital recognition includes:
• Orthopedic surgery services ranking among the top five percent nationwide for seven consecutive years
• Joint replacement surgeries ranking among the top ten percent nationwide for seven consecutive years
• Vascular surgery services ranking among the top ten percent nationwide for seven consecutive years
• Pulmonary services ranking among the top five percent nationwide for three consecutive years
• Critical care services ranking among the top ten percent nationwide
• Stroke services ranking among the top five percent nationwide
• Gastrointestinal surgical and medical services ranking among the top five percent nationwide for two consecutive years

Community Hospital in Munster, Indiana, part of Community Healthcare System, is a not-for-profit, non-sectarian, acute-care facility recognized for meeting this nation’s highest health care standards. Its unmatched record of quality health care is backed by some of the area’s most respected medical professionals and some of the most advanced medical technology available.

For more information about the programs and services provided by Community Hospital, visit our website at For more on the HealthGrades study, visit

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