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Henrico Doctors' Hospital Among Top One Percent of Hospitals in the Nation for the Fourth Consecutive Year

February 24, 2010

Recognized for Sustained, Outstanding Clinical Performance by HealthGrades,the Leading Independent Healthcare Ratings Organization

Richmond, VA, February 24, 2010 - Henrico Doctors' Hospital announced today that it has been named one of HealthGrades America's 50 Best Hospitals for 2010 in a report issued by HealthGrades, the leading independent healthcare ratings organization.

The report, which analyzes objective patient outcomes at all 5,000 of the nation's non-federal hospitals, places Henrico Doctors' Hospital in the top 1% of all hospitals in the nation.

This is the fourth consecutive year Henrico Doctors' Hospital (Parham and Forest campuses) has been named in this HealthGrades report, the only hospital in Virginia to sustain the recognition.

According to the report, there is a wide variation in quality when comparing the Medicare patient outcomes of Henrico Doctors' Hospital and the rest of the HealthGrades America's 50 Best Hospitals against all other hospitals. Patients admitted to America's 50 Best Hospitals are, on average, 27% less likely to die and 8% less likely to suffer from a major complication when compared with patients admitted to other hospitals. If all hospitals operated at the same level as the 50 Best, 164,964 deaths and 18,900 in-hospital complications could have potentially been prevented.

We are dedicated to putting the patient first in everything we do, said Pat Farrell, CEO of Henrico Doctors' Hospital. Being named as one of HealthGrades America's 50 Best Hospitals four years in a row is truly a testimony to how hard the physicians, nurses and staff work to make Henrico Doctors' Hospital the best hospital possible for our community.

To determine HealthGrades America's 50 Best Hospitals, HealthGrades analyzed more than 130 million Medicare hospitalization records from every non-federal hospital in the nation. Hospitals must meet minimum thresholds in terms of patient volumes, quality ratings and the range of services provided. Specifically, hospitals were evaluated based on the risk-adjusted mortality and complication rates across 26 procedures and treatments, from hip replacement to bypass surgery. Hospitals that were in the top 5% of all hospitals for the most consecutive years were named HealthGrades America's 50 Best Hospitals. The full methodology can be found in the report posted at http://www.healthgrades.com.

The HealthGrades America's 50 Best Hospitals have demonstrated clinical outcomes that are the best in the nation, and they have sustained that level of quality year in and year out, said Rick May, MD, a HealthGrades' vice president and one of the study's authors. That indicates that these hospitals have leadership, operational structures and clinical teams that are capable of producing excellence in a way that others cannot. These hospitals should be congratulated, and those in their community should feel proud of the quality of care being delivered.