Date: 1/24/2012

Community Hospital ranks at Top for Quality, Ninth Consecutive Time

Reaching a milestone for quality care, Community Hospital has been named a HealthGrades® Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence™ for a ninth consecutive year. According to an independent study of mortality and complication rates by HealthGrades®, the nation’s leading healthcare ratings company, Community Hospital is the only hospital in the State of Indiana to be recognized nine years in a row among the top 5% of hospitals nationwide for clinical performance.

HealthGrades Hospital Quality and Clinical Excellence study, released today, objectively identifies those hospitals with the best overall clinical performance across 26 medical diagnoses and procedures that the organization rates. These 263 top-performing hospitals represent only 5% of the nation’s hospitals and each is designated as a HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence™.

“We congratulate and thank our physicians, nurses and staff who work hard to bring a great healthcare experience to every patient on every visit,” said Donald P. Fesko, Chief Executive Officer of Community Hospital. “At a time when the government is focusing in on how closely hospitals follow best clinical practices and enhance the patient experience, this HealthGrades study confirms our ongoing commitment to quality care - that we are listening and that we are tuned into our patients’ changing needs.”

“Community Hospital can be proud of the contributions of its physicians, nurses and staff in achieving outstanding patient care,” said Kristin Reed, MPH, HealthGrades vice president of hospital ratings and author of the study. “Northwest Indiana and the south suburbs of Chicago are fortunate to have access to some of the highest quality hospital care in the nation.”

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 2008, 2009 and 2010. 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 results reveal:

• Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence, including Community Hospital, had a 30.07% lower risk-adjusted mortality rate and a 1.86% lower risk-adjusted in-hospital complication rate among Medicare beneficiaries compared to all other hospitals.

• If all hospitals performed at the level of Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence, 165,704 Medicare lives could potentially have been saved and 6,800 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

For a complete listing of Community Hospital’s quality awards and patient safety performance record, click here.