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2008: CDH Among HealthGrades' Top 5% for Patient Safety
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CDH Among HealthGrades' Top 5% for Patient Safety

One of three in Illinois with this distinction for three consecutive years

WINFIELD, Ill., April 8, 2008 – Central DuPage Hospital (CDH) announced today that it has been named a 2008 Distinguished Hospital for Patient Safety™, as part of an independent study by HealthGrades, the nation’s leading healthcare ratings company.

This distinction reflects Central DuPage Hospital’s performance among the top five percent nationally for patient safety outcomes, according to HealthGrades fifth annual Patient Safety in American Hospitals Study, the largest of its kind. Central DuPage Hospital is one of only three Illinois hospitals to receive this distinction for three consecutive years 2006-2008.

“This award recognizes that patients receiving care at CDH are less likely to experience a patient safety event than at many of the nation’s hospitals,” says David Cooke, M.D., vice president of Quality and Safety. “We are deeply committed to providing care that is focused on the safety of our patients.”

HealthGrades’ analysis of 41 million Medicare patient records found that patients treated at top-performing hospitals had, on average, a 43 percent lower chance of experiencing one or more medical errors compared to the poorest-performing hospitals. If all U.S. hospitals had performed at the level of HealthGrades 2008 Distinguished Hospitals for Patient Safety™, approximately 220,106 patient safety incidents and 37,214 Medicare deaths could have been avoided while saving the U.S. approximately $2.0 billion during 2004 to 2006.

“Central DuPage Hospital is among those hospitals leading the way to reduce these costly errors and improve patient care in America,” said Dr. Samantha Collier, HealthGrades’ chief medical officer and the primary author of the study. “HealthGrades commends Central DuPage Hospital for its commitment to ensure patients receive the safest-possible medical care. It is imperative that the benchmarks set by those hospitals that have successfully reduced medical errors be shared and adopted industry-wide.”

The fifth annual HealthGrades Patient Safety in American Hospitals Study applies methodology developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to identify the incident rates of 13 patient safety indicators among Medicare patients at virtually all of the nation’s nearly 5,000 nonfederal hospitals. Additionally, HealthGrades applied its methodology to identify the best-performing hospitals, or Distinguished Hospitals for Patient Safety™, which represent the top five percent of all U.S. hospitals.

Ratings for individual hospitals, along with a full report was posted today to HealthGrades’ consumer Web site, www.healthgrades.com.

About HealthGrades

Health Grades, Inc. (Nasdaq: HGRD) is the leading healthcare ratings organization, providing ratings and profiles of hospitals, nursing homes and physicians. Millions of consumers and many of the nation’s largest employers, health plans and hospitals rely on HealthGrades’ independent ratings and decision support resources to make healthcare decisions based on the quality and cost of care. More information on the company can be found at www.healthgrades.com.

About Central DuPage Hospital

Central DuPage Hospital is a nationally recognized 361-bed facility located in Winfield, Illinois, a suburb west of Chicago. It is the third most active hospital in Illinois performing total joint replacements. CDH is a leading center for surgical innovations and was one of the first institutions in the nation to offer robotic-assisted surgery, minimally invasive spine surgery with bio-engineered bone protein and was the first Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in DuPage County.

Recently, CDH was recognized by U.S. News & World Report on the list of Best Hospitals in the orthopaedics category.

The hospital is part of an interdependent network of health-care organizations and services, including convenient care centers, occupational health services and a full range of options for senior living, home health and hospice care. To learn more information about CDH visit www.cdh.org or call (630) 933-4CDH.

Central DuPage Hospital Contact
Amy Jo Steinbruecker

HealthGrades Media Contact
Scott Shapiro
(720) 963-6584
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