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St. Luke's Hospital Named One of America's 50 Best Hospitals For Second Consecutive Year

February 2008

Hospital ranks in top one percent in the nation based on superior survival rates and fewer complications

St. Luke's Hospital's superior clinical performance ranks it among America's 50 Best Hospitals, according to HealthGrades, a leading national independent healthcare ratings company. For the second consecutive year, St. Luke's is the only hospital in Missouri to achieve this ranking.

The HealthGrades America's 50 Best Hospitals designation is the only national hospital quality rating based solely on clinical outcomes, recognizing hospitals that have demonstrated superior clinical quality over an eight-year time period. HealthGrades analyzed tens of millions of Medicare patient records from 1999-2006 to identify America's 50 Best Hospitals. These hospitals have achieved higher survival rates and lower complication rates, not in just one or two clinical specialties, but across 27 different medical procedures and diagnoses, from cardiac care to orthopedic surgery, consistently ranking among the top one percent in the nation for overall clinical outcomes.

"This achievement is the result of the exceptional teamwork practiced each day at St. Luke's Hospital by our physicians, nurses, technicians, staff and volunteers," said Gary Olson, St. Luke's Hospital president and chief executive officer. "Our employees continue to give us high marks for job satisfaction which is reflected in the care they provide. We are proud to be in the company of other prestigious America's 50 Best Hospitals, including the Cleveland Clinic and the Mayo Clinic. Our commitment to driving quality patient outcomes remains at the forefront of what we do."

"We are honored to receive recognition based solely on quality clinical outcomes," said Dr. David Krajcovic, St. Luke's Hospital chief of surgery. "The physicians affiliated with St. Luke's Hospital know its unique culture of patient care leads to better outcomes. The hospital's gifted nurses and support staff help provide the highest level of clinical care by addressing the needs of the whole patient."

In addition to the America's 50 Best designation, St. Luke's is currently rated best in the St. Louis area for spine surgery and pulmonary services, and the hospital is rated among the Top 3 hospitals in Missouri for cardiac care for the second consecutive year, according to HealthGrades.

HealthGrades named the 2008 America's 50 Best Hospitals by identifying the hospitals that have also received the HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical ExcellenceTM the most consecutive times from 2008 and previous years. St. Luke's has received this prestigious national quality award from HealthGrades for six consecutive years, making it one of only 43 hospitals in the nation to do so. St. Luke's is also the only hospital in the six state region of Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas to accomplish this.

In its most recent clinical study, HealthGrades analyzed tens of millions of Medicare patient records from 4,971 hospitals over a three-year period (2004-06). HealthGrades found that patients admitted to an America's 50 Best Hospital are, on average, 27 percent more likely to survive and five percent less likely to have a major complication. HealthGrades also estimates that if all patients had been treated at America's 50 Best Hospitals, 171,424 lives could have been saved and 9,671 post-operative complications could have been avoided during the three years studied.

St. Luke's Hospital, located in Chesterfield, Missouri, is a premier, regional healthcare provider specializing in individualized care. Medical services include cardiovascular care and surgery, cancer care, neurosurgery and neurology, orthopedics, maternity and other women's health, general medicine, outpatient services, pediatrics and comprehensive surgical services.