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MEDIA RELEASE

CONTACT:
Chris Gleason
Phone: (810) 606-6270
Fax: (810) 606-6279
cgleason@genesys.org

02/22/2010

Genesys named one of the nation's best hospitals

(GENESEE COUNTY, MI) For the eighth consecutive year, consumers have chosen Genesys as one of the nation's top hospitals for quality and image. Only eight health care facilities in Michigan earned this recognition.
Year after year, Genesys continues to prove why consumers have made this choice:

Genesys recently was named Michigan's only certified hip fracture repair center. Genesys is the only hospital in Michigan and one of only three in the entire nation to earn this certification. Genesys also is one of only five hospitals in Michigan to receive certification for its knee replacement and hip replacement services. This certification is considered the gold seal of approval from the Joint Commission (the national organization that accredits hospitals and its services).

Genesys was the area's first hospital to earn stroke center certification. This achievement from the Joint Commission means Genesys has been recognized for demonstrating safe, high-quality care, treatment and services for stroke patients; and for continuing its exceptional efforts to foster better outcomes for stroke patients.a

Genesys earned trauma center reverification again. Genesys has maintained its Level II Trauma verification from the American College of Surgeons for the past 10 years. Clinical requirements for Level II trauma centers are the same as Level I trauma centers. This means Genesys can accept all trauma patients, and must meet the same clinical requirements as Level I trauma centers.

Genesys reached Top Tier performance for quality and effficiency. Genesys participates in the Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) Pay for Performance program, which rewards hospitals for achievements in quality and efficiency. Genesys earned top tier performance in acute myocardial infarction, acute myocardial infarction with PCI intervention within 90 minutes of a patient's arrival at Genesys, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care improvement initiatives, coronary artery bypass surgery and its cardiac surgical care improvement initiatives, and its colon surgical care improvement initiatives. BCBS evaluates data and best practices to determine top tier hospitals.

Genesys participates in the WHO Surgical Safety Checklist initiative with proven success. The World Health Organization (WHO) has undertaken the Safe Surgery Checklist initiative, a worldwide effort to help surgical teams minimize the most common and avoidable risks in an operating room. This checklist (developed by WHO) ensures adherence to proven standards of care. Genesys not only participates in this initiative with overwhelming success - about 96 percent compliance - but has adopted this model for other hospital services outside the OR.

Genesys was named one of America's top 50 hospitals. Genesys earned this ranking, from US News & World Report, in three specialty areas: digestive disorders, neurology and neurosurgery, and respiratory disorders. Only seven hospitals in Michigan were named to this list. US News & World Report does not grade hospitals on routine procedures; instead, they look at how well institutions perform in complex and demanding situations (eg, replacing a heart valve in an 85-year-old man, diagnosing and treating a spinal tumor, treating inflammatory bowel disease).

According to James Bonnette, MD, chief clinical officer for Genesys, "our staff works very hard to create an environment of clinical excellence and patient safety for every person we serve. We continually are looking at ways to make improvements through evidence-based medicine, and are pleased with our results so far. We will remain diligent in our efforts to improve health outcomes, quality of care and the patient experience at Genesys."

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