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Atrium Medical Center Achieves 5-Star Ratings for Congestive Heart Failure and Heart Attack

HealthGrades rates the quality of 27 procedures and treatments at nearly 5,000 U.S. hospitals: five-star ratings indicate statistically significant better patient outcomes

Middletown, Ohio, Tuesday, October 14, 2008 – Atrium Medical Center today announced that it has received a top five-star rating for the quality of its cardiology care by HealthGrades, the healthcare ratings company.

“This HealthGrades rating independently verifies the excellent quality care that patients can expect at Atrium Medical Center,” said Douglas W. McNeill, Atrium president and CEO.“ Our Heart Center excels at offering the full range of advanced heart care, close to home. I thank all of our Atrium physicians and employees who are so committed to bringing our patients the very best care.”

These findings were included in the eleventh-annual HealthGrades Hospital Quality in America Study, which analyzed more than 41 million Medicare hospitalization records from 2005 to 2007 at the nation’s approximately 5,000 non-federal hospitals.

Based on the study, HealthGrades today made available its 2009 quality ratings for virtually every hospital in the country at www.healthgrades.comOff Site Icon, a web site designed to help people research and compare local healthcare providers.

On its web site, HealthGrades offers, free to consumers, quality ratings of 27 procedures and treatments for virtually every hospital in the country. The web site is designed so that consumers can easily compare patient outcomes at their local hospitals for procedures ranging from total knee surgery to cardiac bypass surgery. Each hospital receives a star rating based on its patient outcomes in terms of mortality or complication rates for each procedure or treatment.  For example, complications can include hospital-acquired infections, heart and lung difficulties during or after surgery, and excessive bleeding.

Hospitals with outcomes that are above average to a statistically significant degree receive a five-star rating. Hospitals with average outcomes receive a three-star rating, and hospitals with outcomes that are below average receive a one-star rating. Because no two hospitals or their patients’ risk profiles are alike, HealthGrades employs extensive risk-adjustment algorithms to ensure that it is making analogous comparisons.

Also according to the study, patients treated at the nation’s top-rated hospitals have a 70 percent lower chance of dying compared with the lowest-rated hospitals across 17 common procedures and conditions, ranging from heart attack and pneumonia care to respiratory failure.

While overall death rates declined from 2005 to 2007, the nation’s best-performing hospitals were able to reduce preventable deaths at a much faster rate than poor-performing hospitals, resulting in large state, regional and hospital-to-hospital variations in the quality of patient care, the study found.

Atrium recently added interventional cardiology and open-heart surgery to its well-established heart services. McNeill said, “We are using proven outcomes for heart care where we’re performing so well and are applying the same quality principles to our expanded heart care programming.”

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