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Recipient of 2011 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence

HealthGrades® Study Names Beebe Medical Center Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence™

Distinction Places Hospital in Top 5% in Nation for Patient Outcomes

Beebe Medical Center announced today that HealthGrades, the nation's most trusted source of health care provider information, has named it a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence™ for the second year in a row. This prestigious distinction places Beebe Medical Center among the Top 5% of hospitals nationwide for clinical performance.

HealthGrades Hospital Quality and Clinical Excellence study, released today, objectively identifies those hospitals with the best overall clinical performance across all 26 medical diagnoses and procedures that the organization rates. These 268 top-performing hospitals represent only 5% of the nation’s hospitals and each is designated as a HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence™.

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“Beebe Medical Center can be proud of the contributions of its physicians, nurses and staff in achieving outstanding patient care,” said Dr. Rick May, HealthGrades vice president of clinical quality services and co-author of the study. “The Lewes, DE community is fortunate to have access to some of the highest quality hospital care in the nation.”

“This outstanding achievement, attained now for two years in a row, is a credit to everyone at Beebe Medical Center,” said Jeffrey M. Fried, President and CEO of Beebe Medical Center. “It reflects the commitment to quality and safety in patient care of our Board members, our physicians, our clinical staff and all of our employees.

“The award recognizes the attention to detail and to continuously improving processes that has made our clinical outcomes among the best in the nation.

“For example, we have implemented life-saving quality care measures for those with stroke, which led to our certification by the Joint Commission as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center.

“Further, a multidisciplinary team’s focus on treating the heart attack patient has translated into life-saving interventions to open blocked cardiac arteries being given within 57 minutes of the patient’s arrival to the emergency room. That time period is well below the 90 minutes considered as the national best-practice standard.

HealthGrade Awards“Also, infection control and vascular access teams have successfully implemented protocols to prevent our patients from developing infections. And, we continue to participate in the national quality improvement program Surgical Care Improvement Project (SCIP), and follow best-practice guidelines for optimum patient safety.

“These are just a few examples of the commitment to quality healthcare we see at Beebe Medical Center. We take great pride in our collective efforts to continually identify opportunities for improvement, and for focusing on quality and on producing excellent results and outcomes for our patients,” Fried concluded.

“This national recognition of Beebe Medical Center is wonderful news for our community,” said The Honorable Judge William Swain Lee, Chair of the Beebe Medical Center Board of Directors.

“It is a tremendous honor to be ranked among the top 5% of all hospitals nationwide for all clinical programs, and is recognition of the professionalism, hard work and dedication of our management, doctors and hospital staff.

“This award underlines the commitment to patient safety and quality outcomes at Beebe Medical Center, and lets all of us know that we can depend upon our community hospital for excellent medical care.”

“This prestigious award is a tribute to all who are associated with Beebe Medical Center,” said Paul C. Peet, MD, President of the Beebe Medical Staff. “It reflects an overall commitment to patient safety and quality of care, and the teamwork between the physicians and the hospital staff. It also reflects the strong leadership of the Board and of management in seeking to attain the highest goals in medical care by initiating protocols based on evidence-based medicine and implementing the latest technologies to meet the growing healthcare needs of our community.”

Unlike other hospital quality studies, HealthGrades evaluates hospitals solely on clinical outcomes: risk-adjusted mortality and in-hospital complications. HealthGrades’ analysis is based on approximately 40 million Medicare discharges for the years 2007, 2008 and 2009. Using these top-performing hospitals as a benchmark in this year’s HealthGrades study, HealthGrades quantifies the impact of differences in hospital quality in terms of lives lost and unexpected complications.

The HealthGrades study found that:

Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence (Top 5% in the nation) such as Beebe Medical Center outperformed all other hospitals across all of the 17 mortality cohorts and six of nine complication cohorts studied from 2007 through 2009. Specifically, Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence had a 29.82% lower risk-adjusted mortality rate and a 1.91% lower risk-adjusted in-hospital complication rate among Medicare beneficiaries compared to all other hospitals. In fact, if all hospitals performed at this level, 158,684 Medicare lives could potentially have been saved and 3,511 Medicare in-hospital complications could potentially have been avoided.

Beebe Medical Center, located in Lewes, Delaware, is a community-owned, not-for-profit hospital with 210 licensed beds. Healthcare accreditation and certification organizations have recognized Beebe Medical Center for its focus on quality and safety and the implementation of a standard of care that fosters the best possible outcomes.

It provides the community with progressive and comprehensive medical care that includes a Joint Commission certified Advanced Primary Stroke Center, an open-heart surgery program which is an affiliation with Christiana Care Health System, cardiac intervention, cancer treatment, orthopedic surgery, including Joint Commission certified knee and hip replacement surgery programs, women’s health and emergency medicine. It has numerous outpatient facilities in satellite locations and the only hospital-based school of nursing in Delaware. More than 200 physicians who bring more than 30 medical specialties are members of the Medical Staff.

HealthGrades’ Hospital Ratings

As part of this study, HealthGrades rates each of the nation’s 5,000 nonfederal hospitals in 26 procedures and diagnoses, allowing individuals to compare their local hospitals online at www.healthgrades.com. HealthGrades’ hospital ratings are independently created; no hospital can opt-in or opt-out of being rated, and no hospital pays to be rated. Mortality and complication rates are risk adjusted, which takes into account differing levels of severity of patient illness at different hospitals and allows for hospitals to be compared equally.

About HealthGrades

HealthGrades is the leading independent health care ratings organization, providing quality ratings, profiles and cost information on the nation's hospitals, physicians, and nursing homes. Millions of patients and many of the nation’s largest employers, health plans and hospitals rely on HealthGrades’ quality ratings, advisory services and decision-support resources. The HealthGrades Network of Web sites, including HealthGrades.com and WrongDiagnosis.com, is a top-ten health property according to comScore and is the Internet's leading destination for patients choosing providers. More information on how HealthGrades guides Americans to their best health can be found at www.healthgrades.com.