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Beebe Medical Center Achieves the 2013 Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™

  • Beebe Medical Center is the Only Hospital on Delmarva to have received this Award Four Years in a Row (2010-2013)
  • Distinction puts Beebe Medical Center in the Top Five Percent of Hospitals Nationwide

Beebe Medical Center today announced that it has received the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ from Healthgrades, a leading provider of comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. This prestigious distinction places Beebe Medical Center among the top five percent of more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide for clinical performance.

“We are extremely proud to have received this award, especially now for four years in a row,” said Jeffrey M. Fried, FACHE, President and CEO of Beebe Medical Center. “It is quite an honor. It shows a consistency in outstanding clinical care and reflects the commitment to quality and patient safety of our Board members, our physicians, our clinical staff and all of our employees.

“The award also recognizes the attention to detail and to continuously improving processes, both inside the hospital and in our outpatient programs, such as Beebe CAREs, that have made our clinical outcomes among the best in the nation.”

Beebe Medical Center is one of 262 hospitals named this year that stand out above the rest for their overall clinical care across a broad spectrum of care. While many hospitals have specific areas of expertise and high-quality outcomes in certain areas, these hospitals exhibit comprehensive, high-quality care across multiple clinical specialties. From 2009 through 2011, Healthgrades Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence as a group had an overall 30.9 percent lower risk adjusted mortality rate as compared to other hospitals that did not achieve the Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence Award (across 18 common inpatient conditions and procedures).

In recent years, while there has been considerable improvement in hospital quality, disparities among hospitals persist, and hospital quality can vary significantly even within local service areas.

“Today, consumers have unprecedented access to information on hospital performance as it relates to specific conditions and procedures so that they can make more informed decisions about who to see and where to go for care,” said Evan Marks, EVP Informatics and Strategy. “The Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence enables hospitals to communicate their commitment to providing outstanding patient care and to show their continued efforts to improve clinical outcomes.”

Beebe Medical Center has received additional national recognition for its quality programs and its ongoing efforts to bring evidence-based medicine to the community. Process improvement initiatives are ongoing at Beebe Medical Center as employees and leadership focus on bringing the best quality medical care to the communities it serves. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has recognized Beebe Medical Center in its “Hospital Value Based Purchasing” rating system. Beebe Medical Center received a 73.3 rating, which put it 32 percent higher than the national average and 53 percent higher than the Delaware hospital average. The rating is important to consumers because it mean that hospitals with a higher rating provide a higher standard of care.

A 2012 Medicare (CMS) report shows that Beebe Medical Center also stands out as a hospital that provides high quality patient care at an efficient cost. Detailed information on everything from patient infection rates and serious complications to how patients are treated during a heart attack, a bout of pneumonia, or in a surgical procedure is spelled out in the Medicare Hospital Compare web pages found at Details available today summarize the results of the latest complete fiscal year -- from July 2010 to June 2011.

The details found on the Hospital Compare web pages show that Beebe Medical Center, in general, rates either better than the national rate or at the national rate in dozens of specific, measures related to quality and safety. Beebe Medical Center rates better than the national benchmark for the amount of money that is spent per patient on each episode of care. The spending benchmark, referred to on the website as “Medicare Payment,” was added to the report this year.

Becker’s Hospital Review, a respected industry publication, in 2012 also named Beebe Medical Center among the 100 Great Community Hospitals in the nation.

Healthgrades over the past year also has recognized Beebe Medical Center for its quality care in orthopaedic surgery, cardiology, vascular surgery, and pulmonary care. The findings are part of American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2013: Healthgrades Report to the Nation, which evaluates the performance of approximately 4,500 hospitals nationwide across nearly 30 of the most common conditions and procedures. The 2013 performance outcomes are now available free to the public at

For more information about Healthgrades, to download a full copy of the report or to get information about hospital and physician quality, visit: today.

About Beebe Medical Center

Beebe Medical Center is a community-owned, not-for-profit hospital with 210 licensed beds. Its mission is to encourage healthy living, prevent illness, and restore optimal health with the people residing in the communities served. Its vision is for Sussex County to be one of the healthiest counties in the nation. Beebe Medical Center offers an open-heart surgery program, cardiac intervention, cancer treatment, orthopedic surgery, gastroenterology/bariatrics, women’s health services, emergency medicine and outpatient services throughout Sussex County. Beebe has more than 340 physicians on its medical staff and 1,900 employees. In Fiscal Year 2012, Beebe provided more than $27 million in unreimbursed care to patients living in Sussex County. Also in FY 2012, Beebe treated nearly 51,000 patients in the Emergency Department, admitted 9,650 patients to the hospital, and delivered about 900 babies. For more information, please visit

Healthgrades Hospital Quality Distinctions
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About Healthgrades
Healthgrades, headquartered in Denver, Colorado, is a leading provider of comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. More than 200 million consumers use the Healthgrades websites to select and communicate with physicians and hospitals that best meet their treatment needs. Consumers are empowered through use of the Healthgrades proprietary information about clinical outcomes, satisfaction, safety, and health conditions to make more informed healthcare decisions and take action. For more information, please visit and

Beebe Medical Center is a not-for-profit community medical center with a charitable mission to encourage healthy living, prevent illness, and restore optimal health with the people residing, working, or visiting in the communities we serve. For more information, please visit us online at