Date: 6/18/2013

Community among Top Performers for Women’s Health

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. Community Hospital has achieved the Healthgrades 2013 Women’s Health Excellence Award™ according to the leading online resource that helps consumers search, evaluate, compare and connect with physician and hospitals. The recognition distinguishes Community Hospital as a top performing hospital in women’s health for a fifth consecutive time, which includes care provided to women for common conditions and procedures treated in the hospital. 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 2011 - 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.

“It takes a dedicated team of physicians, specialists, clinical staff and nurses to continue to deliver the highest quality care to residents, particularly the women, of our community day in and day out,” said Don Fesko, Chief Executive Officer of Community Hospital. “Healthgrades’ award for excellence in women’s care serves as an acknowledgment of the teamwork and commitment that goes into providing the very best care to every patient, every visit.”

“Women tend to fare worse than men in the treatment of significant medical conditions like cardiovascular disease, so it is important for women to understand their risks and select a hospital accordingly,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades. “The Healthgrades 2013 Women’s Health Excellence Award recipients have demonstrated exceptional performance and a dedicated approach to delivering superior quality of care for women.”

Healthgrades 2013 Women’s Health Excellence Award recipient hospitals have the potential to save women’s lives. Compared to hospitals that performed in the bottom 10% from 2009 through 2011, Healthgrades Women’s Health Excellence Award recipients as a group had a 55% lower mortality rate across eight conditions and procedures and a 21% lower complication rate across seven conditions and procedures. If all hospitals nationwide performed at the level of the Healthgrades Women’s Health Excellence Award hospitals:
• 46,317 women’s lives could have potentially been saved
• 21,285 women could have potentially avoided in-hospital complications

Earlier this year, Healthgrades named Community Hospital in Munster as an America’s 50 Best HospitalTM for a sixth consecutive year, placing it in the top one percent of all hospitals in the nation for quality outcomes. Other specialty areas Community Hospital is ranked by Healthgrades as among the Top 5% in the nation include overall cardiac surgery; neurosciences; and treatment of stroke. Community Hospital is also ranked by Healthgrades as among the Top 10% in the nation for overall cardiac services; neurosurgery and gastrointestinal medical treatment.

To see the complete Healthgrades Women’s Health Report 2013: ‘Lean In’ When Making Healthcare Decisions to Get Your Best Outcome, including full methodology, please visit:

1 CMS MedPAR Data (2009-2011)

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