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SwedishAmerican Ranks Nationally for Treatment of Stroke

November 3, 2010

SwedishAmerican Hospital is ranked among the top 10% of the nation for treatment of stroke according to a comprehensive annual study released recently by HealthGrades, the leading independent healthcare ratings organization. The HealthGrades study analyzes tens of millions of patients’ outcomes – specifically, mortality and complication rates – at the nation’s 5,000 hospitals.

Due to the hospital’s outcomes treating Medicare patients over a three year period from 2007-2009 in these areas, the study named SwedishAmerican Hospital as a recipient of the Stroke Care Excellence Award.

“It is an honor to receive this national recognition,” said Dr. Bill Gorski, President and CEO for SwedishAmerican. “Credit goes to the physicians and staff who deliver outstanding care to our patients. Our commitment to quality can be found in every aspect of our Health System.”

HealthGrades’ hospital ratings and awards reflect the track record of patient outcomes at hospitals in the form of mortality and complication rates. HealthGrades rates hospitals independently based on data that hospitals submit to the federal government. No hospital can opt in or out of being rated, and no hospital pays to be rated.

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 equal comparisons.

According to the new study, SwedishAmerican Hospital is five-star rated for stroke for all 3 timeframes measures, in hospital, in hospital plus 30 days and in hospital plus 180 days.

Earlier this year SwedishAmerican was recognized by HealthGrades as a recipient of the Women’s Health Excellence Award. This award recognizes hospitals that have scored among the top five percent of all hospitals nationally for overall quality for Women’s Health including cardiac, orthopedic and medical treatment. SwedishAmerican has also received HealthGrades Excellence Award for Cardiac Surgery.

For further information, contact:
Jan Hagenlocher

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