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Boca Raton Regional Hospital Among America's Best Hospitals - Second Year in a Row
HealthGrades distinction is based on outstanding patient outcomes across 26 medical procedures and diagnoses

BOCA RATON, FL - March 21, 2012 - A report released today by HealthGrades® named Boca Raton Regional Hospital one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals in the United States for 2012. This makes the second year in a row the Hospital has earned this prestigious accolade.

In order to earn a place on the list of "America's 50 Best Hospitals," a facility had to have mortality and complication rates low enough to place them in the top five percent of hospitals for the last eight to 10 years of the rankings. To be listed among the next 50 hospitals on the list of "America's Best 100 Hospitals," facilities had to rank in the top five percent for the last four years of the rankings.

Other key findings of the HealthGrades report include:

  • The average mortality rate of the 100 best hospitals is 29.6 percent lower than the average of all other hospitals considered in the rankings.
  • If, between 2008 and 2010, all U.S. hospitals had performed at the level of the 100 best, then nearly 180,000 deaths could have been prevented, according to the report.

The organization considered nearly 1,500 hospitals, ranging in size from 100 beds to more than 500. The organization used 12 years of Medicare data and 150 million patients' hospitalization records, looking at the 26 most common diagnoses and procedures in the Medicare population, to make their decisions.

Of the 1,075 nonprofit hospitals considered, 87 made the list. For the 227 for-profit hospitals considered, seven made the list, and of the 176 government-owned hospitals, six made the list, according to the report.

“We are extremely proud to receive the HealthGrades America’s 50 Best Award,” said Jerry Fedele, President & Chief Executive Officer of Boca Regional. “We have a longstanding tradition for excellence and the HealthGrades ranking is a strong validation of our experience and expertise.”

Besides HealthGrades America’s 50 Best Award, the Hospital is named HealthGrades 2012 Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence™ for the eighth year in a row. Only 40 of the nation’s 5,000 hospitals have earned such a consecutive distinction. In addition, the Hospital is the recipient of HealthGrades 2012 Best 100 Hospitals in the Nation for: Cardiac Care, Stroke Care, Gastrointestinal Care, General Surgery and Prostatectomy in an analysis of patient outcomes at each of the nation’s 5,000 nonfederal hospitals and recently received HealthGrades 2012 Emergency Medicine Excellence Award.

About Boca Raton Regional Hospital - Medicine. Redefined.
Born out of community need in 1967, Boca Raton Regional Hospital is an advanced, tertiary medical center (www.brrh.com) with 400 beds and more than 800 primary and specialty physicians on staff. The Hospital is a recognized leader in oncology, cardiovascular disease and surgery, minimally invasive surgery, orthopedics, women’s health and emergency medicine, all of which offer state-of-the-art diagnostic and imaging capabilities. The Hospital is a designated Comprehensive Stroke Center by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA).

Boca Raton Regional Hospital is also recognized in U.S. News Media & World Report’s 2011 - 2012 Best Hospitals listing as a top ranked hospital in the South Florida metropolitan area.

About HealthGrades
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Contact:
Boca Raton Regional Hospital
Tom Chakurda, VP Communications
561-955-3586
tchakurda@brrh.com