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Date:10/17/2007

d(TM) - Received Three Consecutive Years

-- Recipient of the 2008 HealthGrades Gastrointestinal Surgery Excellence

Award(TM)

-- Recipient of the 2008 HealthGrades Stroke Care Excellence Award(TM)

-- Recipient of the 2008 HealthGrades General Surgery Excellence Award(TM)

-- Recipient of the 2007/2008 Maternity Care Excellence Award(TM)

-- Five-Star Rated for GI Surgery - Three Consecutive Years

-- Received the Highest Possible Star Ratings for Treatment of Stroke

-- Received the Highest Possible Star Ratings for Treatment of Sepsis

- Two Consecutive Years

"Our research shows that while the overall quality of hospital care in America is improving, the gap between the best-performing hospitals and the worst persists," said Dr. Samantha Collier, HealthGrades' chief medical officer and author of the study. "This persistent gap makes it imperative that anyone planning to be admitted to a hospital do their homework and seek out highly rated facilities."

The Tenth Annual HealthGrades Hospital Quality in America Study identifies key trends in the quality of care provided by approximately 5,000 hospitals nationwide. HealthGrades researchers analyzed Medicare discharges from virtually every U.S. hospital between 2004 and 2006. Risk-adjusted mortality and complication rates were calculated and hospitals were assigned a 1-star (poor), 3-star (as expected), or 5-star (best) quality rating for 28 diagnoses and procedures from heart failure to hip replacement to pneumonia.

The 2008 HealthGrades ratings for all hospitals nationwide are available, free of charge, on the organization's award-winning consumer Web site, located at http://www.healthgrades.com. More than three million individuals and employees of some of the nation's largest employers and health plans visit HealthGrades each month to access quality information about hospitals, nursing homes
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