America's 50 Best Hospitals 
Monday, 26 February 2007 
group honoring Delray 

Delray Medical Center has been recognized as one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals by HealthGrades, a leading independent healthcare ratings company.

The new 50 Best Hospitals designation recognizes hospitals that demonstrated superior clinical quality over seven years, based upon analysis of tens of millions of Medicare patient records from 1999-2005.

These hospitals have achieved better survival rates and lower complication rates across dozens of medical procedures and diagnoses, from cardiac care to orthopedic surgery, consistently ranking among the top five percent in the nation for overall clinical outcomes.

“Delray’s staff is dedicated to providing exceptional care. Our consistently strong performance in clinical quality outcomes is a reflection of the special attention this hospital provides to patients every day,” explained CEO Robert Krieger.

“Having the latest technology at our fingertips helps us ‘raise the bar’ for the standard of treatment our community can expect.”

Recipients of HealthGrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals were selected by identifying hospitals across the country that have received the HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical ExcellenceTM the most consecutive times from previous years through 2007.   Delray has received this prestigious national quality award from HealthGrades annually since 2003.

In addition to its clinical excellence, Delray’s cardiac, pulmonary, orthopedic and gastrointestinal services have consistently been recognized in HealthGrades’ studies. The hospital has been ranked among the top five percent in the nation for overall cardiac services for seven years in a row, receiving HealthGrades 2007 Specialty Excellence Awards in Cardiac Care and Cardiac Surgery.

Delray has repeatedly received five-star ratings for the following procedures and diagnoses:
· Coronary Bypass Surgery
· Valve Replacement Surgery
· Cardiac Interventional Procedures including angioplasties and stents
· Treatment of Heart Attack
· Treatment of Heart Failure
· Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation
· Hip Fracture Repair Surgery
· Back & Neck Spinal Fusion Surgery
· Treatment of Community Acquired Pneumonia
· Treatment of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
· Treatment of GI Bleeds.

Quality has become a mandate in healthcare and HealthGrades launched this new award to be responsive to consumers’ demand for information about the quality of care. The award is unique in that it can only be achieved through outstanding clinical excellence maintained over time.

Sustained quality excellence does not happen by “chance.” In working with hospitals throughout the nation, HealthGrades found that clinical leaders establish a culture of quality, in which there is an expectation and ownership of excellence from the CEO’s office through every other individual within the organization. The organization also has found that people are more likely to have successful treatment without major complications, on average, at hospitals in this category.