Date: 10/23/2012

A Top Hospital in the Nation for Cardiac Services according to Healthgrades

For the second year in a row, Community Hospital’s cardiac program has been named among Healthgrades® America’s 100 Best Hospitals™ for Cardiac Care and Cardiac Surgery. It is the only hospital in Northwest Indiana to receive this designation. The findings are part of American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2013: Healthgrades Report to the Nation, which evaluates the performance of approximately 4,500 hospitals nationwide across nearly 30 of the most common conditions and procedures.

According to this latest report from Healthgrades, the leading independent healthcare ratings organization, Community Hospital is the best rated hospital in Northwest Indiana for overall cardiac services (including cardiology and heart surgery, stroke care, overall neurosciences services including neurosurgery, and vascular surgery).

In addition to regional recognition, Community Hospital’s quality care has also been recognized at the national level. The hospital is ranked among the top ten percent nationally for quality in stroke care, coronary interventional procedures, cardiology services, heart surgery, and overall cardiac care.

“Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of Americans today,” said Donald P. Fesko, Community Hospital Chief Executive Officer. “With our mission to improve the health of the residents and neighborhoods we serve, we’re doing everything we can do to change that statistic and have taken the lead in addressing heart disease.”

“Our dedicated physicians and healthcare professionals who have taken up this challenge have set the bar for excellence, consistently providing top quality cardiac care. While we are fighting that battle, at the same time our healthcare team is setting the bar for excellence in other care areas as well,” Fesko said.

Community Hospital is the only Northwest Indiana hospital to be named among Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals® five years in a row from 2008-12, and, tapped as a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence®, 2004-12.

HealthGrades designations are based exclusively on clinical outcomes — risk-adjusted mortality and complication rates for about 40 million Medicare hospitalization records for services performed from 2009 through 2011 at approximately 4,500 short-term, acute care hospitals nationwide. Hospitals cannot opt-in or out of this independent analysis, and no hospital pays to be measured. Mortality and complication rates are risk adjusted, which takes into account each hospital’s unique population (demographics and severity of illness).

Facilities, including Community Hospital, must have demonstrated superior clinical outcomes, not just in one medical specialty, but across 26 different procedures and conditions, and must have maintained this superior level of care year after year.

According to this latest Healthgrades study, the risk of death is 58 percent lower at hospitals receiving 5 stars versus all other hospitals. Other notable Community Hospital Healthgrades recognitions for 2013 include:

• Five-Star Recipient for Overall Orthopedic Services, 11 Years in a Row (2003-13)
• Five-Star Recipient for Joint Replacement, 11 Years in a Row (2003-13)
• Five-Star Recipient for Total Knee Replacement, 11 Years in a Row (2003-13)
• Five-Star Recipient for Hip Fracture Treatment, 11 Years in a Row (2003-13)
• Five-Star Recipient for Neurosciences for 2 Years in a Row (2012-13)
• Five-Star Recipient for Neurosurgery in 2013
• Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Stroke for 5 Years in a Row (2009-13)
• Five-Star Recipient for Overall Pulmonary Services in 2013
• Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease for 7 Years in a Row (2007-13)
• Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of GI Bleed in 2013
• Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Bowel Obstruction in 2013
Critical Care:
• Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Pulmonary Embolism in 2013
• Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Respiratory Failure for 5 Years in a Row (2009-13)
Women’s Health:
• Five-Star Recipient for Women’s Health for 4 Years in a Row (2009-12)

The 2013 performance outcomes are now available free to the public at