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Date: 6/19/2012

Among Top 5% in Nation for Women’s Health: 4th Consecutive Year

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

When it comes to making women and their health concerns a top priority, Community Hospital in Munster continues to take the lead in overall care. In a report released today by HealthGrades®, the nation’s leading, independent source of physician information and hospital quality ratings, Community Hospital again ranks among the top five percent in the nation for women’s healthcare. This year’s report confirms that for a fourth consecutive time, Community Hospital is a top-performing hospital for quality female patient outcomes. It is the only hospital with this HealthGrades designation in Northwest Indiana.

The findings are based on an analysis of more than 5 million Medicare patient records - from 2008 to 2010 - and review of some 16 procedures and diagnoses on women’s medicine, cardiovascular, and bone and joint health treatments. 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. The comparison focused in on two primary areas: cardiac care and bone and joint health. Findings indicated significant differences in women’s treatment and outcomes.

“We’re proud to be among some of the top hospitals in the country when it comes to the women’s care we provide,” said Don Fesko, Chief Executive Officer of Community Hospital. “We have a passion for improving the health and well-being of the women of our communities and it shows in the consistent way we have delivered their care through the years,” he said.

“It’s something that we are challenged to continually improve and innovate through education, prevention and empowerment. We credit and thank all the dedicated women and men on the front lines of that care — our doctors, specialists, nurses and technicians who make it happen each day,” Fesko said.

“In our study Healthgrades noted the rate of surgical intervention for women suffering a heart attack has increased over the years. This is good news, especially for patients who choose care at hospitals that are top performers in women’s healthcare,” said Divya Cantor, MD, MBA, Healthgrades Senior Physician Consultant and author of the study. “Our goal is to provide current, independent data on clinical outcomes to help prospective patients make informed decisions about their providers while also identifying hospitals that are setting national benchmarks to which other hospitals can aspire.”

Other key findings of the HealthGrades report include:

•An additional 39,450 women could have potentially survived their hospitalization and 19,062 could have avoided a major complication if all hospitals had performed at the level of HealthGrades Women’s Health Excellence Award recipient hospital.
•For treatment of heart attack in 2010, only 39.5% of women received a cardiac surgical intervention compared to 54.3% of men.
•Among heart attack patients receiving a cardiac intervention, such as coronary bypass surgery or angioplasty, women had a 29% higher death rate than men.
•The majority of hip fracture repair patients, 73%, are women.