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Exempla Hospitals Rank Among the Top Five Percent of Hospitals Nationwide for Clinical Excellence

January 16, 2013

Only Colorado health system to earn 2013 award at all facilities statewide

Media Contact:

Cheston Turbyfill, Director, Public Affairs
Phone: 303-813-5091
Email: cheston.turbyfill@sclhs.net

DENVER — (Jan. 15, 2013) – Exempla Healthcare, an affiliate of SCL Health System, announced that all three of its Denver-area hospitals have received the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical ExcellenceTM from Healthgrades, a leading provider of comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. This prestigious distinction places the facilities among the top 5 percent of more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide for clinical performance. Exempla is the only health system in Colorado to earn recognition from Healthgrades for all three of its hospitals.

“We are unified in our goal to create a truly person-centered health system driven by compassionate care and focused on quality clinical outcomes,” said Bob Ladenburger, President and CEO of Exempla Healthcare. “We understand consumers have a choice in determining where to send their loved ones for care, and we remain committed to set and exceed the highest standards for patient care.”

Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital, Exempla Good Samaritan Medical Center and Exempla Lutheran Medical Center are three of 262 hospitals named this year that stand out above the rest for their overall clinical care across a broad spectrum of care. These hospitals exhibit comprehensive high-quality care across multiple clinical specialties, including cardiology, oncology and emergency care. In addition, Exempla hospitals exhibit an overall 30.9 percent lower risk adjusted mortality rate as compared to other hospitals that did not achieve Healthgrades’ Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence Award (across 18 common inpatient conditions and procedures).

“Achieving clinical excellence for our patients is a goal we strive for every day,” said Dr. John Byrnes, Chief Medical Officer for SCL Health System. “The Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence is a mark of our commitment to providing the highest levels of patient outcomes and safety with a caring spirit.”

For more information about Healthgrades, to download a full copy of the report or to get information about hospital and physician quality, visit: www.Healthgrades.com today.

About Exempla Healthcare

Exempla Healthcare was formed in 1998 and has two members, SCL Health System and Community First Foundation. Exempla serves metropolitan Denver through its three hospitals – Exempla Good Samaritan Medical Center, Exempla Lutheran Medical Center, and Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital – and the Exempla Physician Network of primary care, occupational medicine and specialty physicians. Exempla is dedicated to improving the health of the people and communities it serves. For more information, visit www.exempla.org/.

Healthgrades Hospital Quality Distinctions

Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance for over 4,500 hospitals across the nation in 28 procedures and conditions annually.Healthgrades.com provides information on objective measures of hospital performance, which allows consumers to compare their local hospitals online at www.healthgrades.com/find-a-hospital. Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance for nearly every hospital in the nation; no hospital can opt-in or opt-out of being evaluated, and no hospital pays to be evaluated. Mortality and complication rates are risk adjusted, which takes into account differing levels of severity of patient illness at different hospitals and allows for hospitals to be compared equally.

About Healthgrades

Healthgrades, headquartered in Denver, Colorado, is a leading provider of comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. More than 200 million consumers use the Healthgrades websites to select and communicate with physicians and hospitals that best meet their treatment needs. Consumers are empowered through use of the Healthgrades proprietary information about clinical outcomes, satisfaction, safety, and health conditions to make more informed healthcare decisions and take action. For more information please visit www.healthgrades.com and www.bettermedicine.com

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