Date: 3/29/2011

Thomson Reuters names Community Hospital among Top 100 Hospitals in United States

For the second year in a row, Thomson Reuters has named Community Hospital in Munster among the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals®, according to the results of their annual performance study. The designation recognizes hospitals that have achieved excellence in clinical outcomes, patient safety, patient satisfaction, financial performance, and operational efficiency.

The Thomson 100 Top Hospital rating is one of three national distinctions earned by Community Hospital this year. Community Hospital was named Tuesday to the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals Metro list. In February, HealthGrades® named Community Hospital as one of America’s 50 Best for the fourth year in a row.

No other hospital in Northwest Indiana has been named to all three top hospital rankings.

“It is quite significant that three of the country’s top rating agencies have independently determined that Community Hospital sets a very high standard for the quality of care we provide to patients,” said Don Fesko, Chief Executive Officer of Community Hospital. “What is says about Community Hospital is that we have succeeded in hardwiring excellence at every level. This culture of excellence has translated into better outcomes for our patients, greater patient satisfaction and operational efficiency.”

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.

Award winners demonstrate that high-quality patient outcomes can be achieved while improving efficiency. 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 116,000 additional patients would survive each year
• More than 197,000 patient complications would be avoided annually
• The average patient length of stay would decrease by one-half day
• Expenses per adjusted discharge would drop by $462 per day

*Based on analysis of Medicare patients over one year

“To be included in Thomson Reuters honor roll for performance quality two consecutive times attests to the dedication of our healthcare professionals who work to make our patients’ hospital stays the very best they can be, said Fesko.

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.

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