Community ranks among country's top hospitals

2013-02-19T00:01:00Z 2014-02-25T13:05:11Z Community ranks among country's top hospitalsBy Times Staff
February 19, 2013 12:01 am  • 

MUNSTER | The Community Hospital in Munster again has been ranked among America's 50 Best, the only hospital in the state to achieve the distinction six years in a row from Healthgrades, an independent health care ratings organization.

Healthgrades issued its 2013 hospital outcomes report, recognizing The Community Hospital for its level of patient care.

“This extraordinary achievement is a testament to the systems that we have in place and the doctors and health care professionals who put quality and excellence in patient care first,” said The Community Hospital CEO Don Fesko.

“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. 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,” he said.

The America’s 50 Best Hospitals designation is the only national hospital quality rating based solely on clinical outcomes. It recognizes hospitals that have demonstrated superior clinical quality over an 11-year time period. Hospitals cannot opt in or out of the analysis.

To meet 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 at least eight consecutive years.

On average, patients treated at America’s 50 Best Hospitals had a nearly 30 percent lower risk of death.

About 4,500 hospitals across the country are reviewed annually for their performance, and only 1 percent qualify as an America's 50 Best Hospital.

The 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.

Healthgrades also has recognized Community as a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence from 2004 through 2013 and as the only hospital in northwest Indiana among America's 100 Best Hospitals for cardiac care and for cardiac surgery in 2012 and 2013.

It also ranked in the top 5 percent for women's health in 2012 and in the top 10 percent for treatment of stroke and gastrointestinal services in 2012. It also was among the top 10 percent in the nation for outstanding patient experience in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

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