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04/10/2006

Genesys named one of nation's top 100 benchmark hospitals

(GENESEE COUNTY, MI) Genesys recently was named one of the nation's top 100 benchmark hospitals by Solucient (the market leader in providing tools and vital insights to health care leaders in order to improve an organization's performance). Solucient conducts this study annually, measuring hospitals in five critical areas: clinical outcomes, patient safety, operational efficiency, financial stability and growth. According to Solucient, the top 100 hospitals treated sicker patients who required more complex treatment, yet the hospitals still reported better patient outcomes and lower costs.
Solucient evaluated 3,091 acute care hospitals in 2003 and 2004, using the Medicare Provider analysis and review data as well as Medicare cost reports and outpatient data from CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services).

"The top 100 hospitals react quicker to challenges than their peers," reports Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president of Solucient's Center for Healthcare Improvement, and executive director of the 100 Top Hospitals program. "These hospitals are strong organizations that can perform efficiently in quality, safety, finances and growth."

The top 100 hospitals have better patient safety outcomes (as indicated by risk-adjusted patient safety indicator rates) that were significantly lower than those not making the top 100 list, Chenoweth adds. She also cites these key factors that led to a top 100 ranking:

1. Benchmark hospitals were less likely to experience adverse outcomes than peer hospitals.
2. If all acute hospitals performed at the same level as the nation's benchmark hospitals, as many as 106,312 more Medicare patients could survive each year, and another 117,000 patient stays could be complication-free every year (estimated savings of $7.6 billion).
3. Survival rates were higher at benchmark hospitals (9.6 percent) compared to the typical peer hospital.
4. Risk-adjusted mortality index was 0.84, or nearly 17 percent lower than peer hospitals.
5. Risk-adjusted complication rate index was 0.82, or 15.7 percent lower than peer hospitals.
6. Expenses per discharge were $4,839, or nearly 9 percent lower than peer hospitals.
7. Average length of stay was 4.96 days, or 9 percent lower than peer hospitals.
8. Operating margin was 8.08 percent compared with 2.56 percent of peer hospitals.
9. Growth in patient volume was 7.82 percent compared with 2.63 percent for peers.

Genesys is one of only 10 hospitals in Michigan, and the only hospital in the entire region to be named to the top 100 hospital list.

"Once more, a third party confirms the work we do at Genesys to ensure our patients receive the highest quality of care in the safest environment possible," reports Norma Hagenow, president and CEO of Genesys.

In addition to earning recognition as one of the nation's top 100 hospitals, Genesys has earned these accolades within the last few months:

the 2006 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence (from HealthGrades (R) )*

the 2006 HealthGrades Specialty Excellence Award in cardiac care, pulmonology, stroke care and vascular services

five star rating from HealthGrades (the highest ranking possible) in overall cardiac services and cardiac surgical services, partial hip replacement, back and neck surgery, spinal surgery, stroke care, overall pulmonary care, vascular bypass surgery and peripheral vascular bypass surgery, and treatment of COPD

the 2005 Consumer Choice Award from National Research Corporation (one of the best hospitals in the US for quality, physicians, nurses, image and reputation)

*(HealthGrades is the nation's leading independent health care ratings organization that conducts studies annually to determine quality performance of some 5,000 hospitals in the US)

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