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Wednesday, February 10, 2010 - North Broward Medical Center Ranked in the Top 5% in the Nation for Stroke Care

Rating Based on Study of Patient Outcomes at the Nation’s Hospitals by HealthGrades

Deerfield Beach, FL - Broward Health North Broward Medical Center has received a 5-Star rating for the quality of its Stroke Care from HealthGrades, the leading independent healthcare ratings organization. The recognition is based on HealthGrades’ twelfth annual Hospital Quality in America study, which analyzes patient outcomes at virtually all of the nation’s hospitals.

This also ranks North Broward Medical Center in the top 5% in the Nation for Stroke Care.   Additionally, for 2010, North Broward Medical Center is 5 Star rated for treatment of heart attack.

“We are honored to receive these prestigious rankings for our stroke care and treatment of heart attack,” said Pauline Grant, CEO of North Broward Medical Center. “Our staff is dedicated to providing the highest quality care and these awards help validate their continued hard work.”

North Broward Medical Center has been recognized by the Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center since December 2005 and was designated a Comprehensive Stroke Center by the American Health Care Association in March 2006. The Stroke Rehabilitation Program at NBMC was the first in Florida to attain Joint Commission Certification. Additionally, the hospital hosts monthly support groups to provide education and physical therapy activities for stroke survivors and caregivers.

North Broward Medical Center has 10 Certified Neuroscience Registered Nurses (CNRNs), who have specialized experience and knowledge in the care of patients with neurological trauma and illness.  These nurses work in various areas and capacities throughout the hospital, including the ER, Neuro-MICU, interventional radiology, the neuro-stepdown nursing unit and supervisory. All nurses providing care to stroke patients have specialized training and education and are required to have additional neurological education.

The HealthGrades study, the largest annual report of its kind, analyzed patient outcomes in nearly 40 million Medicare hospitalization records from 5,000 hospitals over the years 2006, 2007 and 2008. This year’s study found:

·Across all 17 procedures and diagnoses in which mortality was studied, there was an approximate 72% lower chance of dying in a 5-star rated hospital compared to a 1-star rated hospital, and a 52% lower chance of dying in a 5-star hospital compared with the national average.

·If all hospitals performed at the level of a 5-star rated hospital across the 17 procedures and diagnoses studied, 224,537 Medicare lives could potentially have been saved from 2006 through 2008.

HealthGrades’ hospital ratings and awards reflect the track record of patient outcomes at hospitals in the form of mortality and complication rates. HealthGrades rates hospitals independently based on data that hospitals submit to the federal government. No hospital can opt in or out of being rated, and no hospital pays to be rated.

For 28 procedures and treatments, HealthGrades issues star ratings that reflect the mortality and complication rates for each category of care. Hospitals receiving a 5-star rating have mortality or complication rates that are below the national average, to a statistically significant degree. A 3-star rating means the hospital performs as expected. One-star ratings indicate the hospital’s mortality or complication rates in that procedure or treatment are statistically higher than average. Because the risk profiles of patient populations at hospitals are not alike, HealthGrades risk-adjusts the data to allow for apples-to-apples comparisons.

More information on today’s HealthGrades study, including the complete methodology, can be found at www.healthgrades.com.

Broward Health, providing service for more than 50 years, is a nationally recognized system offering world class health care services to our neighbors in South Florida. One of the 10 largest public health systems in the nation, Broward Health includes Broward General Medical Center, North Broward Medical Center, Imperial Point Medical Center, Coral Springs Medical Center, Chris Evert Children’s Hospital, Broward Health Weston and more than 30 facilities of the Community Health Services and Broward Health Physician Group. For more information visit www.browardhealth.org.