Community Hospital receives designation for fourth year
The Community Hospital was the only Hoosier hospital named in HealthGrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals report, the hospital announced Wednesday.
For the fourth consecutive year, Community was recognized with the designation based on clinical outcomes over an 11-year period.
“We cross our fingers every year when they run the data,” said Don Fesko, the CEO of The Community Hospital. “Everyone’s proud. It’s a total team effort.”
Fesko said hospitals cannot apply for this analysis. On average, patients treated at America’s 50 Best Hospitals had a nearly 30 percent lower risk of death and 3.45 percent lower rate of complications.
The HealthGrades study found if all U.S. hospitals had performed at the level of the America’s 50 Best Hospitals, more than 500,000 Medicare deaths could have been prevented between 1999 and 2009. The study was based on an analysis of more than 140 million Medicare patient records.
“As our nation searches for a solution to providing Americans with access to high-quality health care at an affordable price, Community Hospital is setting the standard, demonstrating that consistent, sustainable clinical excellence is achievable,” said Dr. Rick May, HealthGrades vice president of clinical quality services and co-author of the report.
“The message we keep trying to get out is Chicago is great if you have a rare disease . . . but for day-in and day-out procedures . . . our care is just as good or ranked ahead of Chicago,” Fesko said.
He said that in the past four years when The Community Hospital has received the award, it has had increases in market share and patient volume.
“Give us a try,” Fesko said. “What we do, we’re good at.”