Date: 10/26/2010

Community Hospital 5-Star Rated across Multiple Service Lines

Ratings Based on Study of Patient Outcomes at the Nation’s Hospitals by HealthGrades

Community Hospital has received 5-Star ratings from HealthGrades®, the leading independent healthcare ratings organization, for the quality of care across multiple specialties. The recognition is based on the Thirteenth Annual HealthGrades Hospital Quality in America study which analyzes patient outcomes at virtually all of the nation’s hospitals.

HealthGrades®’ hospital ratings are the most widely used objective, actionable quality measures readily available to the public and are based solely on clinical performance. A 5-star quality rating indicates that Community Hospital’s clinical performance is better than expected over a three-year period. Specialty areas that Community Hospital received a 5-Star rating include joint replacement surgery, hip fracture repair surgery, spinal fusion surgery, repair of abdominal aorta surgery, GI surgeries and procedures, and treatment of heart failure, stroke care, COPD, pneumonia, pulmonary embolism, respiratory failure, diabetic acidosis and coma, and bowel obstruction.

“These ratings support our ongoing commitment to excellence, and the quality of care provided to our patients measures up to the top hospitals in the nation,” said Donald P. Fesko, Chief Executive Officer of Community Hospital. “Providing quality care is dependent on a whole team of healthcare professionals, who together, advance the best practices in medicine today. I am proud of our entire staff and physicians who deliver this high caliber of care every day.”

Patients are demanding increased public reporting of quality measures, and recent government reform efforts are backing them up. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, more than 40% of adults report that they believe there are major differences in hospital quality in their immediate geography, and since 1996 the number of consumers that indicated they would choose a hospital based on a high quality rating over familiarity has increased to 72% from 59%.

In addition to the 5-star ratings, Community Hospital is ranked by HealthGrades® as among the best in the nation in the following specialties:
• Overall orthopedic surgery services — top 5% in the nation for ninth year in a row
• Joint replacement surgery services — top 10% in the nation for ninth year in a row
• Stroke care — top 5% in the nation for third year in a row
• Pulmonary services — top 10% in the nation for fifth year in a row
• Critical care services — top 5% in the nation
• Overall gastrointestinal care — top 10% in the nation for fifth year in a row

The HealthGrades study, the largest annual report of its kind, analyzed patient outcomes in nearly 40 million Medicare hospitalization records from 5,000 hospitals over the years 2007, 2008 and 2009. This year’s study found:
• Across all 17 procedures and diagnoses in which mortality was studied, there was an approximate 72% lower chance of dying in a 5-star rated hospital compared to a 1-star rated hospital, and a 53% lower chance of dying in a 5-star hospital compared with the national average.
• If all hospitals performed at the level of a 5-star rated hospital across the 17 procedures and diagnoses studied, 232,442 Medicare lives could potentially have been saved from 2007 through 2009.

New 2011 HealthGrades hospital ratings have been posted for all other Northwest Indiana hospitals, including Community Hospital’s sister hospitals: St. Catherine Hospital in East Chicago and St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart, and are free to the public at

About Community Hospital
Community Hospital in Munster, Indiana is one of Lake County’s largest and busiest hospitals— with 425 beds and more than 3,000 on staff. Community Hospital has been recognized in 2008, 2009 and 2010 by HealthGrades® as one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals, and, as a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence® for 2005-2010. The hospital supports the area’s largest cancer treatment and research programs, linked to the National Cancer Institute and major research cooperatives around the globe. Cardiovascular research, neurosurgery and neonatal intensive care and a 5,000-member medically-based fitness center are other examples of the hospital’s broad range of specialties. For more information, visit our website at