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Independent Study Ranks Miami Valley Hospital Among the Top Ten Percent in the Nation for Stroke Care

Cardiac, Vascular, Spine Surgery and Critical Care Services also Cited for Quality

Dayton, OH (October 16, 2006) — Miami Valley Hospital (MVH) announced today that it has been rated among the top ten percent of hospitals in the nation for stroke care, according to a comprehensive study released by HealthGrades, the nation's leading healthcare ratings company. The hospital has been named a recipient of HealthGrades Stroke Care Excellence Award™ due to its outstanding patient outcomes in this clinical area.

According to the HealthGrades study of more than 40 million Medicare discharges, MVH is the only Dayton hospital to receive five star ratings for back and neck surgery (without spinal fusion) and is the top ranked facility in the state for spine surgery.

MVH received five star ratings for the following diagnoses/procedures in HealthGrades study of hospital quality:

  • Treatment of Heart Attack
  • Treatment of Heart Failure
  • Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation
  • Treatment of Community Acquired Pneumonia
  • Treatment of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
  • Treatment of Sepsis
  • Treatment of Stroke

"Miami Valley Hospital's excellent outcomes are a tribute to our medical staff and employees' unwavering commitment to leadership in quality care," said Mary Boosalis, President and CEO of MVH. "The HealthGrades analysis shows how our community benefits from the top rate care given by these outstanding professionals."

As part of its ninth annual Hospital Quality in America Study, HealthGrades independently analyzed more than 5,000 hospitals in all 50 states and the District of Columbia for its 2007 ratings, objectively assessing their clinical outcomes and quality. The 40 million hospitalization records utilized in the assessment are publicly available and licensed from the federal government's Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The HealthGrades ratings take into account varying degrees of patient severity from hospital to hospital and measure whether patient outcomes for each of more than two dozen procedures and diagnoses are better than expected (5-Star), as expected (3-Star) or worse than expected (1-Star).

"Our analysis provides an apples-to-apples comparison of hospital performance by procedure or diagnosis, and it is evident there is significant variance between individual hospitals, said Samantha Collier, MD, HealthGrades' vice president of medical affairs. "It should be a comfort to Dayton area residents to know that Miami Valley Hospital is in their own back yard and provides quality care in so many different clinical areas."

The 2007 HealthGrades ratings for all hospitals nationwide are available, free of charge, on HealthGrades' consumer Web site, located at www.healthgrades.com. More than three million individuals and employees of more than 125 major employers visit the HealthGrades web site every month to access quality information about hospitals, nursing homes and physicians. HealthGrades also provides consumers and payers with detailed assessments of hospitals' patient-safety outcomes, based on indicators developed by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality