Swedish Covenant Highly Rated in National Healthcare Study

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CHICAGO, IL (February 24, 2009) – Swedish Covenant Hospital has been ranked in the top five percent of hospitals nationwide in terms of the lowest mortality and complication rates across 26 procedures and diagnoses, Covenant News Service has learned.

The findings come as part of the seventh annual Hospital Quality and Clinical Excellence Study conducted by Health LogoGrades, Inc., a leading healthcare ratings organization providing ratings and profiles of hospitals, nursing homes, and physicians. Users of the ratings services include the nation’s largest employers, health plans and hospitals.

Hospitals that achieve this level of care are designated Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence by the Health Grades organization.

“This really is a big achievement,” says Mark Newton, president and CEO of Swedish Covenant Hospital. More than 5,000 hospitals are assessed as part of the national study, he notes. The study examines the risk-adjusted mortality and complications among the top performing hospitals compared with the nation as a whole. Distinguished hospitals have a 27 percent lower rate of risk-adjusted mortality and an eight percent lower rate of risk-adjusted complications.

“Achieving outcomes that place Swedish Covenant Hospital in the top five percent of all hospitals nationwide does not happen by chance,” Newton points out. “Hospitals who outperform have found a means to systematically hard-wire clinical quality across the organization, and to do so with the highest commitment to compassion. Obviously, I am most proud of our accomplishment.”

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