TOMS RIVER, NJ (February 1, 2010) – Community Medical Center, an affiliate of the Saint Barnabas Health Care System, announced today that a new study ranks its clinical quality among the top 5% in the nation. The study by HealthGrades, the leading independent healthcare ratings organization, analyzed patient outcomes data at each of the nation’s 5,000 nonfederal hospitals over a three-year period and named hospitals in the top five percent as HealthGrades Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence™.
This is the sixth consecutive year that Community Medical Center has been awarded the Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence™ and been ranked in the top 5% of hospitals in the nation. Community Medical Center is one of only 269 hospitals nationally and one of only five hospitals in New Jersey to receive this distinction from HealthGrades.
Mark D. Pilla, Executive Vice President of Operations for the Saint Barnabas Health Care System and Executive Director of Community Medical Center, said, “It is an honor to be ranked among the top five percent of hospitals nationally by an independent source as prestigious as HealthGrades. Finding and receiving the highest quality health care possible is very important to patients, and being recognized with such a prestigious accolade by the nation’s leading health care ratings firm is testament to the compassion and commitment of our physicians and staff. It is their dedication to quality and outstanding patient outcomes that makes these superior national rankings possible at Community Medical Center.”
According to the eighth annual HealthGrades Hospital Quality and Clinical Excellence study, Community Medical Center demonstrated patient outcomes that far exceeded those of other hospitals.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.”
In addition to Community Medical Center ranking in the top 5% nationally for overall clinical excellence for six years in a row, the hospital has also received HealthGrades Excellence Awards for its Orthopedics, Gastrointestinal, Gastrointestinal Surgery and Pulmonary services. Community also received HealthgGrades five-star ratings for cardiac care, maternity services, critical care and general surgery.
For more information about Community Medical Center or for a referral to a physician affiliated with the hospital, visit www.barnabashealth.org or call 1-888-724-7123.
Date: February 1, 2010
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