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2009: Top 5% for Patient Safety for 4th Consecutive Year
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Top 5% for Patient Safety for 4th Consecutive Year

Patient safety events cost Medicare $6.9 billion between 2005 and 2007

WINFIELD, Ill., April 7, 2009 - Today, HealthGrades, an independent healthcare ratings organization, identified Central DuPage Hospital (CDH) in Winfield, Ill., as one of the recipients of the 2009 Patient Safety Excellence Award™. CDH is one of the top five percent of hospitals in the nation.

"CDH has been recognized with this award for four consecutive years," notes David Cooke, M.D., vice president of quality and safety at CDH. "We committed to focus on patient safety as an organization years ago and are seeing a consistent and meaningful benefit to our patients as a result."

According to the report, if all hospitals would perform at the level of Patient Safety Excellence Award™ hospitals, approximately 211,697 patient safety events and 22,771 Medicare deaths could have been avoided, while saving the U.S. approximately $2 billion from 2005 through 2007.

"Every hospital across the country should continually strive for improvement until their rate of patient safety events is as close to zero as possible," said Rick May, M.D., senior physician consultant at HealthGrades and co-author of the study. "We congratulate Central DuPage Hospital because they continually demonstrate their extraordinary commitment to the reduction of patient safety events."

HealthGrades' individual hospital ratings can be viewed for free at HealthGrades.com.

Central DuPage Hospital's overall clinical outcomes are in the top five percent of hospitals in the U.S. CDH now has received the HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence designation for three consecutive years in 2007 to 2009. CDH also was named a HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital for Patient Safety for four consecutive years in 2006 to 2009. CDH is one of only 32 hospitals in the U.S. to achieve both the Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence Award and the Patient Safety Excellence Award for three consecutive years. In the state of Illinois, CDH is one of only two hospitals to receive these distinctions for three consecutive years.

About Central DuPage Hospital

Central DuPage Hospital is a nationally recognized 313-bed facility located in Winfield, Ill., a suburb west of Chicago. 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 for the second consecutive year by U.S. News & World Report on the list of Best Hospitals in the orthopaedics category. Thomson Reuter's has listed CDH as a 100 Top Hospital in the U.S. for the last three consecutive years.

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. For more information or to find a doctor on the CDH medical staff, visit www.cdh.org or call 630-933-4CDH (4234)/ TTY 630-933-4833.

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