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Miami Valley Hospital Among Top Five Percent in Nation According to Quality Study

Recognized for outstanding performance by HealthGrades, the leading independent healthcare ratings company

Dayton, OH (January 29, 2007) – Miami Valley Hospital announced today that it is among the nation’s top five percent of hospitals, according to a study of mortality and complication rates by HealthGrades, the nation’s leading independent healthcare ratings company.

Miami Valley Hospital’s outstanding quality performance has earned the hospital HealthGrades’ 2007 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical ExcellenceTM. According to the HealthGrades study, issued today, patients admitted to a hospital receiving this award are, on average, 28 percent less likely to face mortality and 5 percent less likely to suffer from a major complication. This year, only 266 of the nation’s 4,971 non-federal hospitals will receive this distinction.

HealthGrades estimates that if all patients were treated at Distinguished Hospitals, 158,264 lives could have been saved and 12,410 post-operative complications could have been avoided during the three years studied.

"Receiving the Distinguished Hospital Award for Excellence is an affirmation of the high quality of care MVH employees and physicians are committed to providing. We are extremely honored to receive this distinction from HealthGrades," said Mary Boosalis, President and CEO of Miami Valley Hospital, "What could be better for our patients, physicians, staff members and community than to know that a highly regarded, independent source has determined that our hospital’s overall clinical quality for patients is at an exceptional level compared to hospitals nationwide? Quality is our hallmark and every one of our physicians and employees should take pride in this tremendous accomplishment."

Miami Valley Hospital is also the recipient of the HealthGrades’ 2007 Stroke Care Excellence Award™, ranking it in the top ten percent in the nation for treatment of stroke.

Each year, HealthGrades independently analyzes the clinical quality performance of all non-federal hospitals across the country in 28 procedures and diagnoses. In the Distinguished Hospital Study, the company reviewed tens of millions of hospitalization records over the years 2003, 2004 and 2005. Hospitals that receive the HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence are those hospitals that rank in the top five percent when all 28 individual scores are aggregated into an overall score.