Date: 3/31/2010

Thomson Reuters names Community Hospital among Top 100 Hospital Award Winners

Community Hospital in Munster is among the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals®, according to the results of an annual performance study conducted by Thomson Reuters. The award recognizes hospitals that have achieved excellence in clinical outcomes, patient safety, patient satisfaction, financial performance, and operational efficiency.

“This distinction from Thomson Reuters, naming Community Hospital as a top 100 hospital, serves as another validation from an outside source that the best care can be found right here,” said Don Fesko, Chief Executive Officer of Community Hospital. “People in Northwest Indiana and the south suburbs of Chicago have nationally recognized care close to home at Community Hospital.”

The winning hospitals were announced in the March 30 edition of Modern Healthcare magazine.

Winners were identified through an in-depth analysis, the Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals®: National Benchmarks study. The study evaluated 3,000 short-term, acute care, non-federal hospitals in nine areas: mortality, medical complications, patient safety, average length of stay, expenses, profitability, cash-to-debt ratio, patient satisfaction, and adherence to clinical standards of care.

To determine the 100 Top Hospitals, Thomson Reuter researchers used public information — Medicare cost reports, Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) data and core measures and patient satisfaction data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare data set.

According to the results, if all Medicare inpatients received the same level of care as those treated by the 100 Top Hospitals award winners:
• More than 107,500 additional patients would survive each year
• More than 132,000 patient complications would be avoided annually
• Expenses would decline by some $5.9 billion per year
• The average patient length of stay would decrease by nearly one-half day

And, if the same standards were applied to all inpatients, the impact would be even greater.

“Community Hospital’s record of outstanding care is a tribute to the hard work and dedication of our physicians, staff and volunteers who incorporate excellence into everything they do,” said Fesko. “Being named to Thomson’s top 100, serves as an acknowledgment that we are able to maintain superior levels of quality and excellence day after day, year after year.”

The 100 Top Hospitals study, which has been conducted annually since 1993, uses statistically valid, national benchmarks for hospital performance improvement. By showing what the top performers have achieved, goals are set for the entire industry. Thomson Reuters uses a variety of custom benchmark reports — Cardiovascular Benchmarks, Health System Quality/Efficiency Benchmarks - to help hospitals understand how their performance compares in relation to similar healthcare facilities.

“The 100 Top Hospitals winners raised the bar again this year, delivering a higher level of reliable care and greater value for their communities,” said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president for performance improvement and 100 Top Hospitals programs at Thomson Reuters.

In August of 2009, Community Healthcare System also was recognized by Thomson Reuters as one of the nation’s top performing health systems, according to its latest study on hospital quality and efficiency. It was the only healthcare system in Northwest Indiana ranked in the top 50 by this study that looked at the quality provided by a health system as a single organization, regardless of ownerships, religious affiliation, location, size or purpose. All three hospitals of Community Healthcare System were involved in the quality analysis: Community Hospital in Munster, St. Catherine Hospital in East Chicago and St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart.

“From the day these three hospitals came together as one healthcare system, we have been working to share best practices and focus on performance improvement at every level in the organization,” said John Gorski, Chief Operating Officer of Community Healthcare System. “Our unified goal is to improve healthcare in Northwest Indiana and offer real value to our patients. With recognition, such as being named to Thomson Reuters top 50 health systems for quality and efficiency of care, our patients can be assured we are making good on that promise.”

For more information about the innovative programs and cutting-edge technologies making a difference in the lives of patients at Community Hospital in Munster, and the other hospitals of Community Healthcare System, please visit our web site at For more information about the Thomson Reuters annual performance study, click on