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Date:10/17/2007

HealthGrades study finds patient outcomes at Houston Northwest Medical

Center among nation's best for several service lines

HOUSTON, Oct. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- According to the Tenth Annual HealthGrades Hospital Quality in America Study issued today, Houston Northwest Medical Center ranks among nation's best for several service lines including overall gastrointestinal services, gastrointestinal surgery, stroke, general surgery, and maternity care. Houston Northwest Medical Center was also recognized for quality back and neck surgery, overall critical care services and overall pulmonary services. The study, the largest of its kind, analyzed patient outcomes at virtually all of the nation's 5,000 hospitals over the years 2004, 2005 and 2006.

Key highlights of Houston Northwest Medical Center's achievements include:

-- Ranking in the top 5 percent in the nation for overall gastrointestinal

services and gastrointestinal surgery

-- Ranking among the top 10 percent in the nation for:

- Treatment of stroke

- General surgery

- Maternity care

-- Ranking among the top 10 in Texas for overall critical care for three

consecutive years

-- Five-star ranking for back and neck surgery

-- Five-star ranking for overall pulmonary services

"Houston Northwest Medical Center is focused on delivering quality care for our patients. We take great pride in obtaining multiple awards from HealthGrades based on medical outcomes," said Drew Kahn, chief executive officer at Houston Northwest Medical Center. "At Houston Northwest Medical Center, our top priorities are patient safety and clinical quality. Recognition for our quality care is a credit to the outstanding efforts of our physicians, nurses and staff," added Kahn.

The study also found that Houston Northwest Medical Center is:

-- Recipient of the 2008 HealthGrades Gastrointestinal Care Excellence

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