Date: 3/20/2012

Community Hospital one of America’s 50 Best - 5 Years in a Row

Only Indiana Hospital to Rank among Top 5% in the Nation

Based on an impressive track record of excellence in clinical care, Community Hospital once again takes a spot among a select group of U.S. hospitals, according to HealthGrades®, the nation’s leading independent healthcare ratings organization. For a fifth consecutive year, HealthGrades has included Community Hospital among those recognized as America’s 50 Best Hospitals. The Munster hospital is the only Indiana hospital named in the report for the past five years.

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 11-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.

“We’re proud of our staff and their efforts that have placed us among HealthGrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals five years in a row,” said Don Fesko, CEO of Community Hospital. “This extraordinary achievement is a testament to the systems that we have in place and the doctors and healthcare professionals who put quality and excellence in patient care first.”

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 2000 and 2010. The study was based on an analysis of more than 150 million Medicare patient records.

“As our nation seeks to elevate the quality of care at all hospitals, these elite facilities provide a roadmap for success,” said Dr. Arshad Rahim, HealthGrades Director of Accelerated Clinical Excellence. “Consumers increasingly are demanding greater transparency and quality when selecting healthcare providers. These hospitals are delivering. We commend them for their dedication to excellence in patient care.”

“Being included among HealthGrades’ elite America’s 50 Best for a fifth time means people can put their trust in Community Hospital and the quality care we provide,” Fesko said.

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

• From 2008 through 2010, if all hospitals performed at the level of America’s Best Hospitals, 179,593 Medicare deaths may have been prevented.

• Compared with all other hospitals, the HealthGrades America’s 50 Best had risk-adjusted mortality rates that were, on average, 30% lower across 17 procedures and diagnoses.

• 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

For more information on Community Hospital’s quality ratings, click here.