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01/29/2007

Genesys named five-year national leader in clinical excellence

(GENESEE COUNTY, MI) For the fifth consecutive year, Genesys has been recognized by HealthGrades (the nation's leading independent healthcare ratings company) for outstanding clinical performance! This means that Genesys is among the nation's top five percent of hospitals, according to a HealthGrades study of mortality and complication rates.
As the recipient of the HealthGrades 2007 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence TM, Genesys ranked in the top 5 percent in many clinical areas including: cardiac care, stroke care, pulmonary care, gastroenterology and critical care. Patients admitted to hospitals earning this clinical excellence status are, on an average, 28 percent less likely to face mortality and 5 percent less likely to suffer from a major complication than other hospitals. This year, only 266 of the nation's 4,971 non-federal hospitals earned the clinical excellence award.

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.

Each year, HealthGrades independently conducts the largest annual study of hospital quality in America by analyzing the clinical quality performance of all non-federal hospitals across the country in 28 procedures and diagnoses. In the Distinguished Hospital Study, the organization reviewed tens of millions of hospitalization records over the years 2003, 2004 and 2005. Hospitals receiving the HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence are those ranking in the top 5 percent when all 28 individual scores are compiled.

"Saving and improving the lives of people in this community is the top priority for our physicians, nurses and staff," reports Norma Hagenow, CEO of Genesys Health System. "As an objective third party, HealthGrades has found that we're not only achieving our goal, but performing in elite company nationally with many major medical centers. I am very pleased that we have received such a prestigious honor, and for five years in a row! Our staff has worked very diligently to ensure our patients receive the best care possible during every moment of their stay."

When comparing hospitals across the country, HealthGrades found that the Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence on an average had a 28 percent lower risk of inhospital risk-adjusted mortality in these procedures and diagnoses: cardiac surgery, angioplasty, stenting, heart attack, heart failure, atrial fibrillation, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, community-acquired pneumonia, stroke abdominal aortic aneurysm, bowel obstruction, gastrointestinal bleeding, pancreatitis, diabetic acidosis and coma, pulmonary embolism and sepsis.

For those same procedures, Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence improved at a greater rate than other hospitals, lowering inhospital risk-adjusted mortality rates by an average of 12 percent.

"The data in this year's study clearly indicates continued improvement in reducing preventable deaths and complications in US hospitals," reports Samantha Collier, MD, senior vice president of Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer of HealthGrades. "This is not a study of reputation or a study of just a few hospitals. This is a study of every nonfederal hospital in the country, and it is based on a demonstrative difference in outcomes - actual death and complication rates from one hospital to another; something everyone in the community should know about," Dr. Collier points out. "HealthGrades commends those hospitals for achieving consistent, high-quality care, not just in one or two specialties, but across the board."

 
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