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Study Finds Alle-Kiski Medical Center Achieves 5-Star Ratings

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

Natrona Heights, Pa., (October 13, 2009) – A study issued today by HealthGrades, the leading independent healthcare ratings organization, finds that Alle-Kiski Medical Center (AKMC) is 5-Star rated for quality care in twelve clinical areas. The nation’s nearly 5,000 nonfederal hospitals were all included in the sweeping study, which examined mortality and complication rates from government data during 2006 - 2008.

AKMC received the 2010 HealthGrades Specialty Excellence Awards for Pulmonary Care and Critical Care Services, ranking among the top ten percent or better among all hospitals nationwide in both categories. The hospital received HealthGrades 5-Star ratings for:

• Heart Attack
• Heart Failure
• Spine Surgery
• Overall Pulmonary Services (including Pneumonia)
• Gastrointestinal Surgery and Procedures
• Overall Critical Care Services (including Sepsis and Respiratory Failure)

“We are extremely proud to receive these ratings from HealthGrades. Our medical staff and employees are committed to providing patients with quality health care services. AKMC is but one stop in the health of each individual, and by the HealthGrades report, we are doing our very best,” said Ned Laubacher, President and CEO AKMC.

AKMC currently holds the 2009 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence by HealthGrades, an award it achieved for four years in a row.

The HealthGrades twelfth annual Hospital Quality in America study, the largest annual report of its kind, analyzed patient outcomes from nearly 40 million Medicare hospitalization records.

Top-performing hospitals had dramatically lower mortality rates than other hospitals, according to the study. For the 17 procedures and diagnoses for which HealthGrades analyzed mortality rates, patients at top hospitals had a 72 percent lower chance of dying when compared with the lowest-performing hospitals, and a 52 percent lower chance of dying when compared to the U.S. national average.

AKMC has built a reputation in the Valley for providing quality and compassionate care to the community. The staff closely monitors its quality outcome data and initiates programs and protocols to continually improve upon its care delivery. Examples include the use of protocols to guide best practice for a number of diagnoses and surgical procedures, infection control initiatives involving central lines, the urinary tract infections, gastrointestinal issues related to the use of antibiotics, methicillin resistant staph aureus (MRSA) and surgical wounds. Other initiatives include an aspiration prevention program, prevention of venous-thromboembolism (blood clots), medication reconciliation, discharge planning and minimizing re-hospitalization within 30 days.

HealthGrades Ratings
HealthGrades rates hospitals independently based on data that hospitals submit to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. No hospital can opt in or out of being rated, and no hospital pays to be rated.

For 28 procedures and treatments, HealthGrades issues star ratings that reflect the mortality and complication rates for each category of care. Hospitals receiving a 5-star rating have mortality or complication rates that are below the national average, to a statistically significant degree. A 3-star rating means the hospital performs as expected. One-star ratings indicate the hospital’s mortality or complication rates in that procedure or treatment are statistically higher than average. Because the risk profiles of patient populations at hospitals are not alike, HealthGrades risk-adjusts the data to allow for apples-to-apples comparisons.

More information on today’s HealthGrades study, including the complete methodology, can be found at www.healthgrades.com.

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