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Bryn Mawr and Lankenau Medical Centers Honored by HealthGrades

Friday, July 22, 2005

T:\mLineSite\images\jacklynchweb_9713.jpgBRYN MAWR-WYNNEWOOD, PA - Bryn Mawr and Lankenau Medical Centers have been recognized for clinical quality and performance excellence in the "2005 Hospital Quality in America Study" by HealthGrades, an independent healthcare quality company.

Bryn Mawr Hospital ranked #1 in Pennsylvania for Overall Orthopedic Services and was honored with the HealthGrades Orthopedics Care Excellence Award™, receiving 5-star ratings for Joint Replacements, Overall Orthopedic Services, Total Knee Replacement, Hip Fracture Repair and Partial Hip Replacement.

Lankenau Medical Center was named to HealthGrades list of recipients for its 2005 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence TM,   earning a 5-Star and best rating for Heart Attack and Heart Failure Treatment, Treatment of Stroke, and Aspiration Pneumonia Care; and received 5-Star ratings in Hip Fracture Repair, Community Acquired Pneumonia Care, Carotid Endarterectomy, Gastrointestinal Bleed, Cholecystectomy and Treatment of Sepsis.

Earning a 5-Star designation indicates that a hospital scored in the Top 15% or better in the nation for clinical quality.

"We're very pleased and proud to be recognized with these outstanding HealthGrades quality ratings, which validate our commitment to clinical excellence," said Bryn Mawr Hospital President Andrea Gilbert. "These top ratings from an independent, objective national source are a result of many years of dedicated effort and outstanding clinical leadership on the part of the Orthopedic program physicians and staff at Bryn Mawr Hospital."

Lankenau Medical Center President Gail Egan said, "As a strong objective third party, HealthGrades has found that we're not only achieving our goals, but performing in elite company nationwide. I am very pleased with this recognition, which is shared by everyone affiliated with Lankenau Medical Center."

HealthGrades analyzed 5,000 hospitals nationwide for its 2005 ratings, objectively assessing their clinical outcomes, performance and quality. The list identifies hospitals that perform among the Top 5% in the nation for overall clinical excellence across 28 common medical procedures and diagnoses. The designation is based on an analysis of federal Medicare patient data.

According to HealthGrades, Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence treat more and sicker patients while having better mortality and complication outcomes.  Hospitals on the list have risk-adjusted mortality rates that are up to 43 percent lower than non-recipient hospitals in four major procedures and diagnoses, including coronary bypass surgery and treatment of heart attack, stroke and community acquired pneumonia.

About Bryn Mawr Hospital

Established in 1893, Bryn Mawr Hospital is a 300-bed licensed non-profit acute-care teaching hospital. The hospital's orthopedic program, nationally recognized as a leader in total joint replacement, also offers expertise in cartilage restoration, sports medicine, osteoporosis, and treatment for hand, wrist, elbow, foot, ankle, and back/spine injuries and conditions.

The Hospital offers a full range of cardiovascular care including cardiac surgery, cardiac catheterization and interventional services. Its Radiation Oncology Center provides the latest options in radiation therapy for treating cancer and participates in clinical research through a Community Clinical Oncology Program designation by the National Cancer Institute. Other specialized departments include: a Comprehensive Breast Center; an inpatient pediatric unit with the expertise of duPont Hospital for Children specialists and surgeons offered through the Bryn Mawr/duPont Children's Health Program; a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit; a Center for Reproductive Medicine; a Wound Healing Center and a behavioral health unit.

About Lankenau Medical Center

Established in 1860, Lankenau Medical Center is a 351-bed acute-care non-profit teaching hospital with an affiliated institute for medical research on campus. The hospital's nationally recognized Heart Center provides a full range of cardiovascular care including cardiac surgery, cardiac catheterization, electrophysiology laboratories, and a heart failure and transplant program.  The Hospital's Radiation Oncology Center features advanced radiation therapy systems for treating cancer and participates in clinical research in many fields, including through a Community Clinical Oncology Program designation by the National Cancer Institute. Lankenau is also equipped with the latest technology to diagnose disease and aid in treatment, including PET scanning and innovative equipment for minimally-invasive surgical techniques. Other services and programs include a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, an Antepartum unit for women with high-risk pregnancies, accredited sleep medicine center, wound healing center, kidney transplant, a Health Education Center for children and families, and The Walter and Leonore Annenberg Conference Center for Medical Education serves as an international hub for physician education.

About HealthGrades

HealthGrades, Inc. (OTCBB: HGRD) is the leading independent healthcare quality company, providing ratings, information, and advisory services to healthcare providers, employers, health plans, and insurance companies. HealthGrades works with healthcare providers to help assess, improve and promote their quality. HealthGrades provides consumers access to information about the clinical quality and patient safety outcomes of healthcare providers and practitioners through its Web site www.healthgrades.com and provides liability insurers, employers, and payers with critical information about healthcare quality and safety.

Published: 7-22-2005

Frieda Schmidt
Public Relations
484-337-8763
schmidtf@mlhs.org

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