Date: 2/25/2014

Track Record of Top Patient Care

Community Hospital is named among America’s 50 Best Hospitals 7 Years in a Row.

New report statistics from Healthgrades® reassure patients that they can trust Community Hospital to provide excellence in care each and every visit. The nation’s leading, independent healthcare ratings organization has once again placed Community Hospital in the top 1% of hospitals nationwide, recognizing clinical performance among America’s 50 Best™. The Munster hospital is the only healthcare facility in the State of Indiana to achieve this distinction and one of only handful of hospitals in the nation to receive this recognition seven years in a row (2008-2014).

America’s “Best” Award recipients have demonstrated the ability to have better than expected outcomes across many different procedures and conditions and repeat that performance year after year. Patients looking to understand their options and choices for care should they need unexpected or planned hospital care can have confidence that these hospitals, including Community Hospital in Munster, have a demonstrated track record for quality outcomes.

“Being named among Healthgrades’ America’s 50 Best for a seventh time shows how our doctors, nurses and support staff consistently incorporate their best efforts into everything we do,” said Donald P. Fesko, Chief Executive Officer. “It means that we remain focused on the things that matter most to our patients including clinical excellence in a total caring environment.”

“Today, hospitals are working harder than ever to achieve quality care, which makes this distinction even more significant,” said Evan Marks, EVP, Informatics and Strategy, Healthgrades. “Consumers can have confidence that a hospital receiving the America’s 50 Best™ designation has demonstrated a steadfast organizational commitment to quality.”

Healthgrades’ America’s 50 Best Hospitals quality rating is based solely on clinical outcomes, recognizing hospitals that have demonstrated superior clinical performance 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 low enough to place them among the top 5 percent in the nation for a minimum of eight consecutive years. On average, patients treated at America’s 50 Best Hospitals had a 23% lower risk of death.

The Healthgrades’ America’s 50 Best™ designation recognizes those hospitals that received a Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ for the most consecutive years. To be eligible for the Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence, a hospital had to have been evaluated for its performance in at least 21 of 30 Healthgrades procedures and conditions, based on Medicare inpatient data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) database. To learn more about how Healthgrades determines America’s Best Hospitals Award recipients, visit