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2008: CDH Receives Clinical Excellence Awards
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CDH Receives Clinical Excellence Awards

Recognized for Cardiac Care, Stroke, Pulmonary Care, GI Surgery and GI Care
CDH's quality awards rank its care among the top 10% nationally

WINFIELD, Ill., October 15, 2008 — According to the eleventh annual HealthGrades Hospital Quality in America Study released yesterday, Central DuPage Hospital (CDH) has received the 2009 clinical excellence specialty awards for Cardiac, Stroke, Pulmonary and Gastrointestinal (GI) Care as well as GI Surgery. These awards place Central DuPage Hospital's clinical outcomes in the top ten percent nationally for each recognized area of care.

Additionally, Central DuPage Hospital is Five-Star Rated for:

Cardiology Services    

Coronary Interventional Procedures

Treatment of Heart Attack   

Treatment of Heart Failure

Overall Orthopedic Services

Joint Replacement

Total Knee Replacement   

Hip Fracture Repair

Treatment of Stroke

Overall Pulmonary Services

Treatment of Pneumonia

GI Surgery

GI Procedures and Surgeries

Treatment of Bowel Obstruction

Treatment of Sepsis


"This recognition from a highly regarded national source such as HealthGrades confirms our ongoing commitment to excellent patient care," said Chief Nursing Officer Deb O'Donnell. "At Central DuPage Hospital, our staff work together continuously to improve the quality of the services we deliver."

HealthGrades Hospital Quality in America Study is a comprehensive study, analyzing more than 41 million Medicare hospitalization records from 2005 to 2007 at the nation's approximately 5,000 non-federal hospitals. According to the study, if all hospitals performed at the level of five-star rated hospitals, 237,420 Medicare deaths could potentially have been prevented over the three years studied. More than half of those preventable deaths were associated with four conditions: sepsis, pneumonia, heart failure and respiratory failure.

Based on the study, HealthGrades today made available its 2009 quality ratings for virtually every hospital in the country at www.healthgrades.com, which is designed to help individuals research and compare local healthcare providers.

The Web site is designed so that consumers can easily compare patient outcomes at their local hospitals for 27 procedures and treatments ranging from aortic aneurysm repair to bypass surgery. The star rating is based on each hospital's patient outcomes in terms of mortality or complication rates. Hospitals with outcomes that are above average to a statistically significant degree receive a five-star rating.

Central DuPage Hospital's overall clinical outcomes are in the top 5% of hospitals in the United States. CDH has received the HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence designation for 2 consecutive years - 2007-2008 and are 3-year recipients of HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital for Patient Safety designation. Only 80 hospitals in the United States achieved both the Clinical Excellence and the Patient Safety designations in 2008. Those hospitals achieving designations in Clinical Excellence and in Patient Safety for 2009 will be announced in the spring.

About Central DuPage Hospital

Central DuPage Hospital (CDH) is a nationally recognized 313-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.

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 
(630) 933-5117