Date: 1/26/2011

Community Hospital makes Grade as Distinguished Hospital for 8th Consecutive Year

Only Hospital in Indiana to sustain Top Five Percent National Ranking for 8 years

For an eighth consecutive year, Community Hospital has been named a HealthGrades® Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence™. According to an independent study of mortality and complication rates released by HealthGrades®, the nation’s leading healthcare ratings company, Community Hospital is the only Northwest Indiana hospital to be recognized in this year’s study, and also the only hospital in the entire state to be recognized eight years in a row.

HealthGrades Hospital Quality and Clinical Excellence study, released today, objectively identifies those hospitals with the best overall clinical performance across all 26 medical diagnoses and procedures that the organization rates. These 268 top-performing hospitals represent only 5% of the nation’s hospitals and each is designated as a HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence™.

“Making a difference in the quality of life for the residents in our communities is what our physicians, nurses and staff strive to do each day,” said Donald P. Fesko, Chief Executive Officer of Community Hospital. “It is gratifying to receive affirmation from HealthGrades, a well-respected and recognized independent national organization, that we’re not only meeting this goal, but that we’re performing among the top five percent nationwide. I commend our physicians and staff who work hard to consistently provide our patients with great care.”

“Community Hospital can be proud of the contributions of its physicians, nurses and staff in achieving outstanding patient care,” said Dr. Rick May, HealthGrades vice president of clinical quality services and co-author of the study. “Northwest Indiana and south suburban Illinois residents are fortunate to have access to some of the highest quality hospital care in the nation.”

The HealthGrades study states: Unlike other hospital quality studies, HealthGrades evaluates hospitals solely on clinical outcomes: risk-adjusted mortality and in-hospital complications. HealthGrades’ analysis is based on approximately 40 million Medicare discharges for the years 2007, 2008 and 2009. Using these top-performing hospitals as a benchmark in this year’s HealthGrades study, HealthGrades quantifies the impact of differences in hospital quality in terms of lives lost and unexpected complications.

The study concludes:

• Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence (Top 5% in the nation), such as Community Hospital, outperformed all other hospitals across all of the 17 mortality cohorts and six of nine complication cohorts studied from 2007 through 2009.

• Specifically, Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence had a 29.82% lower risk-adjusted mortality rate and a 1.91% lower risk-adjusted in-hospital complication rate among Medicare beneficiaries compared to all other hospitals.

• If all hospitals performed at this level, 158,684 Medicare lives could potentially have been saved and 3,511 Medicare in-hospital complications could potentially have been avoided.

More detailed information on the methodology can be found in Appendix E of the HealthGrades Hospital Quality and Clinical Excellence Study 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 2004-2011. The hospital is ranked by HealthGrades among the Top 5% in the nation in 2011 for overall orthopedic services; treatment of stroke; overall critical care; and women’s health; and ranked in the Top 10% in the nation in 2011 for overall pulmonary services; and overall GI services. 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.

About HealthGrades’ Hospital Ratings
HealthGrades’ hospital ratings are independently created; no hospital can opt-in or opt-out of being rated, and no hospital pays to be rated. Mortality and complication rates are risk adjusted, which takes into account differing levels of severity of patient illness at different hospitals and allows for hospitals to be compared equally.