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HealthGrades Study Places SwedishAmerican in Top 10% Nationally

October 13, 2009

SwedishAmerican Hospital is among the top 10% in cardiac surgery care in the nation according to a comprehensive annual study release today by HealthGrades, the leading independent healthcare ratings organization. The HealthGrades study annually assesses patient outcomes – mortality and complication rates – at virtually all of the nation’s nearly 5,000 nonfederal hospitals.

2010 Clinical Achievements for SwedishAmerican include:
* Recipient of the HealthGrades Cardiac Surgery Excellence Award
* Ranked Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Cardiac Surgery
* Five-Star Rated for Coronary Bypass Surgery
* Best Rated in the Region for Cardiac Services
* Best Rated in the Region for Cardiac Surgery
* Only Hospital in the Region to receive the HealthGrades Specialty Excellence Award for Cardiac Surgery
* Only Hospital in the Region Ranked Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Cardiac Surgery

“We are very pleased to receive this honor, said Dr. Bill Gorski, President and CEO for SwedishAmerican. Providing the highest quality of care to our patients is important to our physicians and staff. To be recognized by an independent study is especially gratifying.”

According to the twelfth annual HealthGrades Hospital Quality in American study, top-rated hospitals had a 52 percent lower mortality rate than the U.S. national average when looking at the patient outcomes of 17 procedures and diagnoses ranging from bypass surgery to treatment for heart attack. When the top-rated hospitals were compared to the poorest performers, there was an even greater difference, 72 percent lower mortality.

The new 2010 HealthGrade hospital ratings were posted today at www.healtgrades.com, HealthGrades’ public Web site.

HealthGrades hospital ratings and awards reflect the track record of patient outcomes at hospitals in the form of mortality and complication rates. HealthGrades rates hospitals independently based on data that hospitals submit to the federal government. No hospital can opt in or out of being rated, and no hospital pays to be rated.

SwedishAmerican includes a major acute care teaching hospital located in downtown Rockford, a community hospital with an outpatient and emergency focus in Belvidere, a network of physician clinics across three counties, a home health care division, a network of physician clinics across three counties, a home health care division, a Foundation spearheading an affordable neighborhood housing renewal program, and a series of joint ventures and partnerships with other providers including an information technology corporation that is bringing electronic healthcare record sharing throughout rural northwestern Illinois.

** A trophy presentation with a representative from HealthGrades and SwedishAmerican’s Heart team will be held on Wednesday, October 28th, at 10:30 a.m. in the Conference Center at SwedishAmerican Hospital.

For further information, contact:
Jan Hagenlocher

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