Ranked in Top Five Percent In the Nation for Quality and Service

Parrish Medical Center announced today that a new study ranks its clinical quality among the top five percent in the nation. The study by HealthGrades, the leading independent healthcare ratings organization in the country, analyzed patient outcomes at each of the nation’s 5,000 nonfederal hospitals over the years 2006, 2007 and 2008 and named hospitals in the top five percent as HealthGrades Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence."

This, coupled with having just earned HealthGrades’ Outstanding Patient Experience award for 2009/2010 makes Parrish Medical Center one of only a handful of hospitals in America to earn top honors for both clinical and service excellence from this prestigious healthcare ratings organization," said Parrish Medical Center Chairman of the Board, Jay Parrish, III.

According to HealthGrades, of the more than 5,000 American hospitals only 30 total and three in Florida (Baptist Hospital of Miami, Mayo Clinic-Jacksonville and Parrish Medical Center) received the 2010 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence and the 2009/2010 Outstanding Patient Satisfaction Award.

Every year since opening its leading-edge healing environment in 2002, PMC has earned a steady stream of national recognitions for clinical, service and workplace excellence proving they are among the best-of-the-best hospitals in the industry. "

Any organization, healthcare or otherwise, can only achieve this level of continuous excellence through its people," said Parrish Medical Center President/CEO George Mikitarian. "And I am very proud to say that PMC care partners (employees, medical staff, volunteers and board members) are among the finest healthcare professionals anywhere." This newest accomplishment places Parrish Medical Center in the top five percent of hospitals in the nation, according to the eighth annual HealthGrades Hospital Quality and Clinical Excellence study.

Parrish Medical Center, and the other hospitals in the top five percent, demonstrated patient outcomes that far exceeded those of other hospitals. Patients admitted to these hospitals had risk-adjusted mortality rates that were, on average, 29 percent lower than all other hospitals. Risk-adjusted complication rates were, on average, 9 percent lower than all other hospitals.

Parrish Medical Center is one of only 269 hospitals that received this distinction from HealthGrades. In 2010, Parrish Medical Center also received 5-star ratings for treatment of heart attack, heart failure and sepsis, according to HealthGrades.

"Our data show that only a select few hospitals achieve high-quality patient outcomes, not just in a few categories of care, but across the board and over time," said Rick May, MD, a vice president with HealthGrades and an author of the study. "Patients in communities with a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence should feel proud of the hospital’s accomplishments, and confident that the level of care there is among the very best in the nation.

The study states: "Patients who choose to receive their care at a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence certainly will have a lower risk for an adverse clinical outcome relative to all other hospitals."

As a group, Parrish Medical Center, and those identified as being in the top five percent in the nation, improved their mortality rates at a faster pace than all other hospitals. Over the years 2006, 2007 and 2008 the HealthGrades study found that Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence lowered their risk-adjusted mortality rates over the three years by an average of 14%, compared with a 10% average improvement of all other hospitals.

This is the eighth year that HealthGrades has independently analyzed the clinical quality performance of all non-federal hospitals across the country in 26 procedures and diagnoses. In the study, the company reviewed approximately 40 million hospitalization records from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, over the years 2006, 2007 and 2008. All hospitals that participate in the Medicare program were part of the independent study.

Hospitals that receive the HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence are those hospitals that rank in the top five percent when all 26 individual scores are aggregated into an overall score.

A full copy of the study is available at http://www.healthgrades.com or by contacting Scott Shapiro at sshapiro@healthgrades.com.

Parrish Medical Center is a nationally recognized industry leader having earned a number of prestigious recognitions, including America's #1 Healing Hospital for three consecutive years, Modern Healthcare's Best Places to Work in Healthcare and Spirit of Excellence for Service awards, HealthGrades Outstanding Patient Experience Award and Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence award, National Spirit of Women Premier Hospital designation, America’s Hospital of Choice award, Commission on Cancer Accreditation with Commendation, and more Joint Commission disease-specific Gold Seal® certifications than all but two other hospitals in America. For more information, visit parrishmed.com or call 321-268-6110.

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