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National Study Recognizes Danbury Hospital for Exceptional Quality for the Fifth Year in a Row

Tuesday, January 27, 2009 - Danbury, CT

Danbury Hospital is the only hospital in Connecticut and one of only 114 hospitals in the nation to receive HealthGrades® Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence Award™ for the fifth consecutive year. This distinction is based on an independent study released today by HealthGrades, the leading healthcare ratings company.

The study of quality at the nation’s nearly 5,000 nonfederal hospitals places Danbury Hospital in the top five percent for overall clinical quality. According to the HealthGrades study, Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence had mortality rates that were, on average, 27 percent lower than other hospitals, and major complication rates that were eight percent lower.

For seven years now, HealthGrades has conducted the most comprehensive studies of hospital quality in America, producing ratings for every non-federal hospital. Hospitals that receive the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence are those hospitals that excel across the 26 procedures and diagnoses rated.

“We achieve excellence by striving to be the best and by working to continuously improve the organization.” said Frank Kelly, President and Chief Executive Office, Danbury Hospital/Danbury Health Systems, Inc. “We excel because of a shared belief that patients come first.”

The study also shows that Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence™ are improving at a greater rate in more procedures and diagnoses than all other hospitals, lowering risk-adjusted mortality rates over the years 2005, 2006, 2007 by an average of 18%.

“Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence comprise an unparalleled group of hospitals that excel across the board, not just in one or two specialties, and they should be commended for their relentless commitment to exceptional patient care. Patients should expect and demand the same level of care at all hospitals,” said Rick May, MD, HealthGrades senior physician consultant, and an author of the study.

For its study, HealthGrades analyzed almost 41 million Medicare hospitalization records that cover the latest three-year period, from 2005 to 2007. Because the hospitalization records come from the federal government, no hospital can opt in or out of HealthGrades' rating process. The analysis is risk-adjusted to account for differences in patient populations between hospitals.

HealthGrades found that Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence™ outperformed all other hospitals across the procedures and diagnoses studied. HealthGrades estimates that 152,666 lives could have been saved and 11,772 complications could have been avoided over the three years studied if all Medicare patients were treated at Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence.

About Danbury Hospital

Danbury Hospital is a 371-bed regional medical center and university teaching hospital associated with New York Medical College, the Yale University School of Medicine, the Connecticut School of Medicine and Columbia University Medical Center. The hospital provides centers of excellence in cardiovascular services, cancer, weight loss surgery, orthopedics, digestive disorders and radiology. It also offers specialized programs for sleep disorders and asthma management. Medical staff members are board certified in their specialties.

In the area of cardiac care, Danbury Hospital is ranked number one in Connecticut for cardiac surgery and in the top 5 percent nationally for overall cardiac care by HealthGrades. This is the second consecutive year for the national award. In the area of gastrointestinal care, Danbury Hospital is ranked in the top 5 percent nationally for overall gastrointestinal services and gastrointestinal surgery by HealthGrades. This is the second consecutive year for the national award.

Danbury Hospital was ranked in the top 5 in Connecticut for the treatment of stroke for a seventh consecutive year by HealthGrades. The hospital is a nationally accredited stroke care center by The Joint Commission. Danbury Hospital is also the recipient of the American Stroke Association’s Get with the Guidelines-Stroke Silver Performance Achievement Award for its higher standard of care.