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News: Centegra Memorial Medical Center Recognized in National Quality Study

Centegra Memorial Medical Center is proud to announce that it is one of only 269 hospitals to receive the HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence Award and one of only two community hospitals in Illinois to be a recipient of the award three years in a row.This distinction is based on an independent study released today by HealthGrades, the leading healthcare ratings company. The study of quality at the nation’s 4,971 hospitals places Centegra Memorial Medical Center in the top five percent for overall clinical quality.

According to the HealthGrades study, Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence had mortality rates that were, on average, 27 percent lower than other hospitals, and major complication rates that were 5 percent lower.”We are very proud to earn such distinction once again. Being named in the top five percent in the nation for three years in a row further validates the excellent efforts of our team and physicians to provide our patients and their families with the highest level of care possible. The residents of greater McHenry County should feel reassured that they have access to healthcare that is among the best in the nation,”  Michael S. Eesley, Centegra President and CEO said.In addition to its overall clinical excellence accolades, Centegra Memorial Medical Center is the recipient of the HealthGrades Pulmonary Care Excellence Award for three years in a row and the HealthGrades Stroke Care Excellence Award for two consecutive years. Centegra Memorial Medical Center has also been recognized as Five-Star quality for the treatment of heart attacks, heart failure as well as GI surgery and procedures.

Each year, HealthGrades conducts the most comprehensive studies of hospital quality in America, producing ratings for every non-federal hospital in 27 diagnoses and procedures. Hospitals that receive the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence are those hospitals that place among the top five percent nationally when all 27 ratings are aggregated into a comprehensive score. The study also shows that Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence are improving at a greater rate in more procedures and diagnoses than all other hospitals, lowering risk-adjusted mortality rates over the years 2004, 2005, 2006 by an average of 15 percent. HealthGrades found that Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence outperformed all other hospitals across the procedures and diagnoses studied. HealthGrades estimates that 171,424 lives could have been saved and 9,671 post-operative complications could have been avoided over the three years studied if all Medicare patients were treated at Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence.