Date: 5/3/2011

Community Hospital among Top 5% in Nation for Women’s Health

HealthGrades Report: Women’s Mortality Risk 40% Lower at Top-Performing Hospitals

Munster — A report released today by HealthGrades®, the nation’s leading, independent source of physician information and hospital quality ratings, named Community Hospital among the top five percent in the nation for women’s health. This year’s report marks the third consecutive year Community Hospital has been named as one of the top-performing hospitals for its quality outcomes with female patients.

The findings are based on an analysis of more than 5 million Medicare patient records from 2007 to 2009 and focused on 16 procedures and diagnoses. HealthGrades Women’s Health in American Hospitals report identified the top-performing hospitals in the nation for women’s health and compared women’s health outcomes to those of men in two primary areas: cardiac care and bone and joint health. Significant differences in women’s treatment and outcomes were found.

“We are proud to be a recipient of HealthGrades’ award for excellence in women’s care for a third consecutive year,” said Don Fesko, Chief Executive Officer of Community Hospital. “It takes a dedicated team of physicians, specialists, clinical staff and nurses to consistently deliver the highest quality care to residents of our communities and this distinction demonstrates that we are on the right track — the women of our communities deserve the very best.”

“Much work remains to be done to better understand the differences between men’s and women’s health. But many providers are successfully implementing systems of care to more accurately diagnose and treat disease in women,” said Dr. Rick May, report co-author and HealthGrades Vice President of clinical quality services. “The 170 HealthGrades Women’s Health Excellence Award recipients have set an example in providing superior care to the mothers, wives, sisters and daughters in their communities.”

Other key findings of the HealthGrades report include:

• An additional 41,025 women could have potentially survived their hospitalization and 8,558 could have avoided a major complication if all hospitals had performed at the level of HealthGrades Women’s Health Excellence Award recipient hospitals.
• For treatment of heart attack in 2009, only one-third of women received a cardiac surgical intervention compared to almost half of men (33.5% and 45.6%, respectively).
• Among heart attack patients receiving a cardiac intervention, such as coronary bypass surgery or angioplasty, women had a 30% higher death rate.
• The majority of hip fracture repair patients, 74%, are women.

For more information about specialized women’s care and the programs and services offered by Community Hospital in Munster, visit our web site at