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News: Centegra Memorial Medical Center Among Top Five Percent in Nation for Quality

Centegra Memorial Medical Center in Woodstock announced today that it is ranked among the nation’s top five percent of hospitals, according to a study of mortality and complication rates by HealthGrades, the nation’s leading independent healthcare ratings company.

Due to its outstanding quality performance, Centegra Memorial Medical Center has achieved HealthGrades’ Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical ExcellenceTM for two years in a row (2006, 2007). According to the HealthGrades study, issued today, patients admitted to a hospital receiving this award are, on average, 28 percent
less likely to face mortality and five percent less likely to suffer from a major complication. This year, only 266 of the nation’s 4,971 non-federal hospitals received this distinction.

HealthGrades estimates that if all patients were treated at Distinguished Hospitals, 158,264 lives could have been saved and 12,410 post-operative complications could have been avoided during the three years studied.

Quality of care is at the forefront of everything we do at Centegra Health System, Michael S. Eesley, Centegra President and CEO said. Providing our patients and families with the highest level of care possible is inherent in our Mission, Vision and Values and being named in the top five percent of hospitals in America for quality validates the outstanding efforts of our team and physicians, he added.

Centegra Memorial Medical Center is also a recipient of the HealthGrades Pulmonary Care Excellence Award for the second year in a row, ranking them among the top five percent in the nation for overall Pulmonary care. Other top accolades include the following:

  • Recipient of the 2007 HealthGrades Stroke Care Excellence Award:
  • Ranked Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Treatment of Stroke
  • Ranked Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Gastrointestinal Surgery

Each year, HealthGrades independently analyzes the clinical quality performance of all non-federal hospitals across the country in 28 procedures and diagnoses. In the Distinguished Hospital Study, the company reviewed tens of millions of hospitalization records over the years 2003, 2004 and 2005. 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.

We are very proud of our accomplishments at Centegra Health System and the residents in McHenry County should feel reassured that they have access to healthcare that is among the best in the nation, Mr. Eesley added.