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CMMC Recognized in National Quality Study

Centegra Memorial Medical Center announced today that it has been named a recipient of the 2006 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical ExcellenceTM, based on a study issued by HealthGrades, the nation’s leading independent healthcare ratings company.

Hospitals receiving this award were rated in the top five percent in the nation, in terms of mortality and complication rates, for 26 procedures and diagnoses rated by HealthGrades. Patients attending a hospital receiving this award are, on average, 27 percent less likely to face mortality, and 14 percent less likely to suffer from a major complication.

Part of Centegra Health System, Centegra Memorial Medical Center serves the health care needs of the greater McHenry County region. The hospital was established in 1914 and has been serving the community continuously for over 90 years. Centegra Memorial provides a full range of acute care and outpatient services including cardiology, obstetrics with Level II nursery care, rehabilitation and therapy, medical/surgical services, pediatrics, and a Level II Trauma Center including the Flight For Life helicopter.

“Quality of care is our top priority at Centegra Memorial Medical Center. Providing our patients and families with the best care possible is inherent in our Mission, Vision, and Values,” said Michael S. Eesley, Centegra Health System’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Being named as a top hospital in one of the largest healthcare studies in America validates our staff’s hard work.”

In addition to clinical excellence accolades, Centegra Memorial Medical Center is a recipient of the 2006 HealthGrades Pulmonary Care Excellence Award, ranking the hospital among the top ten percent in the nation for overall pulmonary care. They’ve also received HealthGrades five-star ratings for the treatments of heart attack and heart failure.

Each year, HealthGrades independently analyzes the clinical quality performance of all nonfederal hospitals across the country in 26 procedures and diagnoses, ranging from bypass surgery to total knee replacement. Hospitals that receive the HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence are those hospitals that rank in the top five percent when all 28 individual scores are aggregated into an overall score. Only 277 U.S. hospitals qualified for this prestigious award in 2006.

In the Distinguished Hospital Study, which looks at tens of millions of hospitalization records over the years 2002, 2003 and 2004, HealthGrades estimates that if all patients went to Distinguished Hospitals, 152,966 lives could have been saved and 21,896 post-operative complications could have been avoided.”

“At Centegra Memorial Medical Center, we have a skillful and dedicated team of clinicians and Associates,” noted Angela McAuley, Senior Vice President and Site Administrator. “It is because of their hard work that our patients and their families receive quality healthcare that is among the best in the nation.”

Centegra Health System is the leading provider of healthcare services in the greater McHenry County region of northern Illinois. With hospitals in Woodstock and McHenry, Illinois Centegra serves a regional population of over 350,000 at over 30 locations in Illinois. In addition to acute care services that include Level II Trauma Care and Level II Nurseries, Centegra also provides physician care, rehabilitation and therapy services, clinic sites and behavioral health services to the communities we serve.

Centegra traces its origins to the founding of the first hospital in Woodstock in 1914 and McHenry in 1956. Today, Centegra Health System is comprised of over 3100 Associates, two medical staffs of 450 physicians, along with over 500 volunteers. Annually Centegra provides care to over 20,000 inpatients, 55,000 emergency room patients and over 300,000 outpatient and ambulatory patients.