Distinguished Hospital Award 
Wednesday, 15 February 2006 

Among Top Five Percent in the Nation for Fourth Consecutive Year,

 According to HealthGrades


Delray Beach, Fla. (February 6, 2006) – Delray Medical Center has been named a recipient of the 2006 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical ExcellenceTM, based on a study issued by HealthGrades, the nation’s leading independent healthcare ratings company.  The hospital has received the HealthGrades award four years in a row.


Delray Medical Center is one of only 54 hospitals in the U.S., and twelve in the state of Florida, to make the list of four-time Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence recipients.


Hospitals receiving the award were rated in the top five percent in the nation, in terms of mortality and complication rates, for 26 procedures and diagnoses evaluated by HealthGrades. Patients treated at Distinguished Hospitals are, on average, 27 percent less likely to face mortality, and 14 percent less likely to suffer from a major complication.


“Quality of care is our top priority at Delray Medical Center,” said Mitch Feldman, chief executive officer. “Providing our patients and families with the best care possible is inherent in our mission, vision, and values. Being named as a top hospital in one of the largest healthcare studies in America, for the fourth straight year, validates all we have worked for.”


Each year, HealthGrades independently analyzes the clinical quality performance of all nonfederal hospitals across the country in 26 procedures and diagnoses, ranging from bypass surgery to total knee replacement. Hospitals that receive the HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence are those that rank in the top five percent when all 26 individual scores are aggregated into an overall score. Only 277 U.S. hospitals qualified for this prestigious award in 2006.


In the Distinguished Hospital Study, which looks at tens of millions of hospitalization records over the years 2002-04, HealthGrades estimates that if all patients went to Distinguished Hospitals, 152,966 lives could have been saved and 21,896 post-operative complications could have been avoided


“At Delray Medical Center, we have a skillful and dedicated team of clinicians and employees,” said Feldman.  “It is because of their hard work that our patients and their families receive quality healthcare that continues to be among the best in the nation.”


Delray Medical Center, a 493-bed acute care hospital located at 5352 Linton Boulevard in Delray Beach, has been serving the health care needs of south and central Palm Beach County for more than 20 years. A state-designated Level II Trauma Center for adults and children, Delray Medical Center offers a broad array of specialized services, ranging from acute care to rehabilitation, and psychiatric services to outpatient care.   According to HealthGrades, Delray Medical Center is one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals for 2007, recipient of the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence for five consecutive years (2003-2007), and the Cardiac Care Excellence Award for three consecutive years (2005, 2006, 2007).   To learn more about Delray Medical Center, visit www.delraymedicalctr.com.