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Oct 12
2009

STUDY PUTS METHODIST HOSPITALS IN TOP 10% OF THE NATION FOR STROKE CARE 6 YEARS IN A ROW

Receives Specialty Excellence Award from Leading Healthcare Independent Ratings Organization

GARY, IN (October 13, 2009) - A study issued today by HealthGrades, the leading independent healthcare ratings organization, finds that Methodist Hospitals is among the top 10 percent in the nation for Stroke care for 6 years in a row. The nation’s nearly 5,000 nonfederal hospitals were all included in the sweeping study, which examined mortality rates and complication rates from government data from 2006, 2007 and 2008.

As a result, Methodist Hospitals received the 2010 HealthGrades Stroke Care Excellence

Award™. Additionally, Methodist Hospitals is five star rated for Treatment of Heart Failure, Treatment of Respiratory Failure and Gastrointestinal Surgeries and Procedures. Earlier this year, Methodist Hospitals was the recipient of the 2009/2010 Women’s Health Excellence Award™ placing them in the top 5% of the nation for Women’s Health.

“Methodist Hospitals is the only hospital in Northwest Indiana to receive the Stroke Care Excellence Award six years in a row. This prestigious designation along with the Women’s Health Excellence Award, Five Star Rankings in Treatment of Heart Failure, Treatment of Respiratory Failure and Gastrointestinal Surgeries and Procedures is a reflection of our continued commitment to providing quality care and becoming the regional leader in subspecialty care. These awards are a testament to the hard work and dedication of our physicians, nurses and employees,” stated Ian McFadden, CEO/President, Methodist Hospitals.

The HealthGrades twelfth annual Hospital Quality in America study, the largest annual report of its kind, analyzed patient outcomes from nearly 40 million Medicare hospitalization records.

Top-performing hospitals had dramatically lower mortality rates than other hospitals, according to the study. For the 17 procedures and diagnoses for which HealthGrades analyzed mortality rates, patients at top hospitals had a 72 percent lower chance of dying when compared with the lowest-performing hospitals, and a 52 percent lower chance of dying when compared to the U.S. national average.

HealthGrades Ratings

HealthGrades rates hospitals independently based on data that hospitals submit to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. No hospital can opt in or out of being rated, and no hospital pays to be rated.

For 28 procedures and treatments, HealthGrades issues star ratings that reflect the mortality and complication rates for each category of care. Hospitals receiving a 5-star rating have mortality or complication rates that are below the national average, to a statistically significant degree. A 3-star rating means the hospital performs as expected. One-star ratings indicate the hospital’s mortality or complication rates in that procedure or treatment are statistically higher than average. Because the risk profiles of patient populations at hospitals are not alike, HealthGrades risk-adjusts the data to allow for apples-to-apples comparisons.

More information on today’s HealthGrades study, including the complete methodology, can be found at www.healthgrades.com.

Methodist Hospitals has a strong commitment to responding to the needs of their physicians and patients. Our regional reputation for excellence since 1923 continues to support our market position. Methodist is a not-for-profit, 625 bed community-based healthcare system. Stewards of our mission, we reinvest in our cities and towns through charitable giving, community education programs, support services, screenings, and by ensuring quality care to the most vulnerable and underserved citizens. We strive to be a part of our community as a strong advocate for its continued physical, emotional and economic well-being.

Methodist has two full service campuses just 14 miles apart. Northlake Campus is located in Gary, Indiana, and the Southlake Campus in Merrillville, Indiana. Combined campus bed capacity is 625 plus nurseries. Midlake Campus, an outpatient facility in Gary, conveniently located between our Northlake and Southlake campuses just off of Interstate 94. The Rehab Centers, providing outpatient rehabilitation services at Midlake, opened in 2003. Located adjacent to the main entrance of the Southlake Campus in Merrillville, is the Diagnostic Outpatient Center and Merrillville Surgery Center. Built in 2006, this facility provides advanced diagnostic and imaging services and laboratory services as well as professional offices for many of our medical staff.

Our medical staff of more than 500 physicians represents nearly 60 medical specialties. Methodist is a major local employer with over 2,100 employees. Our volunteer guild is more than 200 strong. Our mission is to provide compassionate, quality health care services to all those in need. Our vision is to be the best place for employees to work, the best place for patients to receive care and the best place for physicians to practice medicine.

For more information or to interview/photograph Methodist Hospital employees, please contact me, my contact information is located below.

Amber Raza
Marketing and Corporate Communications
P: 219.886.4474
F: 219.886.4592
E: araza@methodisthospitals.org

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