Date: 2/23/2011

Community Hospital among HealthGrades’ America’s 50 Best for Fourth Consecutive Time

Only Indiana Hospital to Rank in Top 1% of the Nation

Consistent, superior clinical quality again places Community Hospital in an elite group of U.S. hospitals, according to HealthGrades®, the nation’s leading independent healthcare ratings organization. Community Hospital is the only Indiana hospital recognized in the HealthGrades’ America’s 50 Best Hospitals report. It is the fourth consecutive year the hospital has sustained this top recognition.

HealthGrades’ ‘America’s 50 Best Hospitals’ designation is the only national hospital quality rating based solely on clinical outcomes, recognizing hospitals that have demonstrated superior clinical quality over an eleven-year time period. Hospitals cannot opt-in or out of this independent analysis. To be recognized with this distinction, hospitals must have had risk-adjusted mortality and complication rates that were among the top 5% in the nation for the most consecutive years. On average, patients treated at America’s 50 Best Hospitals had a nearly 30% lower risk of death and 3.45% lower rate of complications.

“It’s gratifying for our staff at Community Hospital to be named among HealthGrades’ America’s 50 Best four years in a row,” said Don Fesko, CEO of Community Hospital. “The designation represents the hard work of our healthcare team to consistently deliver high quality care to our patients. It also serves as an acknowledgement that we have the processes in place to continue to provide the very best care to the residents of Northwest Indiana and the south suburbs of Chicago.”

HealthGrades study found that if all U.S. hospitals had performed at the level of the America’s 50 Best Hospitals, like Community Hospital, more than a half million Medicare deaths could have been prevented between 1999 and 2009. The study was based on an analysis of more than 140 million Medicare patient records.

“As our nation searches for a solution to providing Americans with access to high quality health care at an affordable price, Community Hospital is setting the standard, demonstrating that consistent, sustainable clinical excellence is achievable,” said Dr. Rick May, HealthGrades vice president of clinical quality services and co-author of the report.

“We are committed to providing quality care to each patient every day,” Fesko said. “When we are recognized by an outside organization for patient outcomes that are consistently among the best, we have affirmation of our efforts — and our patients know they can count on us for exemplary care.”

HealthGrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals study compared the performance of hospitals like Community Hospital to all others and found:

• If all hospitals performed at the level of the HealthGrades America’s 50 Best, approximately 55,000 Medicare patient deaths, or 550,000 over the last decade, could have been prevented.

• Compared with all other hospitals, the HealthGrades America’s 50 Best had risk-adjusted mortality rates that were, on average, 28.59% lower and risk-adjusted in-hospital complication rates that were 3.45% lower.

• For some procedures and treatments, the variation was much wider. For treatment of pneumonia, the America’s 50 Best Hospitals had, on average, a 43.82% lower risk-adjusted mortality, and for treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease the hospitals had, on average, 42.81% lower risk-adjusted mortality.

A copy of the full report on HealthGrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals can be found at