Report: Two area hospitals among best in the nation

2014-03-01T12:45:00Z 2014-03-03T14:16:06Z Report: Two area hospitals among best in the nationTimes Staff nwitimes.com
March 01, 2014 12:45 pm  • 

Community Hospital in Munster and Ingalls Memorial Hospital in Harvey have been ranked among the top hospitals in the country.

Healthgrades, a company that rates the health care industry, ranked them in the top 1 percent of hospitals nationwide, recognizing clinical performance among America's 50 Best.  

This is the seventh year in a row the Munster hospital achieved the distinction. It is the only health care facility in Indiana to earn it.

“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 Community Hospital CEO Donald Fesko in a statement. “It means that we remain focused on the things that matter most to our patients, including clinical excellence in a total caring environment.”

The America’s 50 Best Hospitals quality rating by Healthgrades is based on clinical outcomes. Hospitals cannot opt-in or out of the analysis.

“Ingalls is proud to be recognized among the top one percent of U.S. hospitals for consistent quality care,” said Kurt Johnson, Ingalls President and CEO, in a statement. “Our team has demonstrated a unique ability to sustain that performance year after year. It’s one more reason our patients can rest assured they are in the best hands when they come to Ingalls.”

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 have a 23 percent lower risk of death.

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