Date: 2/19/2013

Patient Care among Best in Nation 6 Years in a Row

Healthgrades’ America’s 50 Best Hospitals designation is the only quality rating based solely on clinical outcomes. Community Hospital is the only hospital in the state to achieve this distinction six consecutive times.

Patients can count on the healthcare professionals of Community Hospital to provide top quality care visit after visit, according to a 2013 hospital outcomes report by Healthgrades®. The nation’s leading, independent healthcare ratings organization has once again named Community Hospital among those hospitals recognized as America’s 50 Best. The Munster hospital is the only hospital in the State of Indiana to achieve this distinction six years in a row.

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 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 nearly 30% lower risk of death.

“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,” said Don Fesko, chief executive officer, Community Hospital. “It demonstrates to the communities we serve that we are focused on the things that matter most to our patients including clinical excellence and a total caring environment,” he said. “This commitment is renewed with each and every patient so that we continually deliver the right care to the right patient at the right time.”

Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance for nearly 4,500 hospitals across the nation annually. Each year, only 1 percent of the hospitals in the nation qualify for this achievement. As an America’s 50 Best Hospital, Community Hospital has demonstrated consistently superior performance in clinical outcomes across 27 common procedures and conditions from diagnoses such as heart attack and pneumonia to procedures such as hip fracture and knee replacement.

“Hospitals earn this distinction by providing better than expected outcomes across a broad spectrum of conditions and procedures and maintaining these superior results over an extended period of time,” said Evan Marks, EVP Informatics and Strategy. “As such, by selecting a hospital on the Healthgrades America’s 50 Best hospital list, consumers can expect a commitment to exceptional quality and clinical care that is among the best in the nation.”

Other distinctions that Community Hospital has recently received from Healthgrades include:
• Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence®, 2004-2013
• Only hospital in Northwest Indiana among America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Care™ and for Cardiac Surgery™, 2012 and 2013
• Top 5% in the nation for Women’s Health, 2012
• Top 10% in the nation for Treatment of Stroke, 2012
• Top 10% in the nation for Gastrointestinal (GI) services, 2012
• Top 10% in the nation for the Outstanding Patient Experience three years in a row: 2010, 2011 and 2012

More than 225 million visitors use the Healthgrades website to search, evaluate, compare and connect with physicians and hospitals that best meet their treatment needs. Consumers are empowered through use of the Healthgrades proprietary information about clinical outcomes, satisfaction, safety, and health conditions to make more informed healthcare decisions and take action. For more information about Healthgrades, to download a full copy of the American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2013: Healthgrades Report to the Nation or to get information about hospital and physician quality, visit here: