Date: 7/10/2009

Community Hospital continues to shine in the spotlight with Excellence Award for Women’s Health

Ranking among the top 5% in the nation for Women’s Health quality outcomes, Community Hospital in Munster is a recipient of the 2009/2010 Women’s Health Excellence Award™ from HealthGrades®, the leading independent healthcare ratings organization. Only 169 hospitals nationwide have been recognized as HealthGrades 2009/2010 Women’s Health Excellence Award recipients. The award is based on a newly released study of patient outcomes for providing care to women in 16 procedures/diagnoses relating to women’s health and maternity care.

This designation follows on the heels of HealthGrades naming Community Hospital in Munster as an America’s 50 Best HospitalTM for 2009 earlier this year, 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. Other specialty areas Community Hospital is ranked by HealthGrades as among the Top 5% in the nation include overall orthopedic services; overall pulmonary services; treatment of stroke; overall vascular surgery; overall GI services; GI Surgery; and GI medical treatment. Community Hospital is also ranked by HealthGrades as among the Top 10% in the nation for overall critical care and joint replacement.

“This newest HealthGrades designation further affirms the commitment of our physicians, specialists, clinical staff and nurses to consistently deliver high quality care to the people, particularly, the women of our community,” says Don Fesko, CEO of Community Hospital.

Hospitals that receive the Women’s Health Excellence Award™ rank among the top 5% of all hospitals nationwide when it comes to providing care to women in three areas: Women’s Medicine (which includes heart attack, congestive heart failure, pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and stroke); Women’s Cardiovascular Procedures (including coronary bypass surgery, peripheral vascular bypass, coronary intervention procedures, resection/replacement of abdominal aortic aneurysm, carotid surgery and valve replacement); and Women’s Bone & Joint Health (total knee replacement surgery, total hip replacement surgery, spinal surgeries and hip fracture repair).

According to HealthGrades, if all hospitals in the study performed at the level of the best-performing hospitals in women’s health, 18,089 women’s lives could have potentially been saved and 6,849 complications could have been avoided during the years 2005, 2006 and 2007. Eighty-two percent, or 14,930 of the potentially preventable deaths were associated with the treatment of just four diagnoses: pneumonia, stroke, heart failure and heart attack.

In the Women’s Health in American Hospital study, HealthGrades analyzed more than 2.6 million hospitalizations using Medicare data from all 50 states from 2005 through 2007. To be included in the analysis, hospitals had to have an open heart program and treat significant numbers of women for stroke. Hospitals also had to have a significant patient population in at least six additional cohorts from all areas (pulmonary, cardiac, vascular, orthopedics and spine).

The study, along with HealthGrades’ individual hospital ratings, can be reviewed for free at

For more information about the programs and services provided by Community Hospital, visit our website at To find a physician on staff at Community Hospital, call our free referral line at 219-836-3477 or toll-free 866-836-3477.

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