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(January 29, 2007; Brooklyn, NY) - Maimonides Medical Center announced today that it is among the nation’s top five percent of hospitals, according to a study of mortality and complication rates by HealthGrades, the nation’s leading independent health care ratings company.

Due to its outstanding quality performance, Maimonides achieved HealthGrades’ 2007 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence. Maimonides has received this national health care quality award in four out of the past five years. It is one of only two New York City hospitals to receive this distinction for 2007.

“We have always put the welfare of our patients ahead of any other consideration,” said Pamela S. Brier, President and CEO of Maimonides Medical Center. “So it is especially gratifying to be recognized at a national level for excellence in patient outcomes. The families we serve deserve no less than our best efforts.”

HealthGrades estimates that if all patients were treated at Distinguished Hospitals, 158,264 lives could have been saved and 12,410 post-operative complications could have been avoided during the three years studied.

“Our physicians are among the finest in the nation,” explained Ms. Brier. “When you add outstanding nursing and support services, and ever-expanding facilities, Maimonides is uniquely equipped to deliver excellence for Brooklyn and beyond.”

Many Centers of Excellence at Maimonides have been singled out in recent months for special recognition by HealthGrades. Cardiology and Stroke Services are ranked among the top 5% in the nation. Pulmonary and Critical Care Services have also been cited for Excellence, and the Maimonides Maternity Services and Prostatectomy Services are Five-Star Rated. The Distinguished Hospital Award, though, is conferred after a review of ALL mortality and quality data – it is the highest honor awarded by HealthGrades.

Each year, HealthGrades independently analyzes the clinical quality performance of all non-federal hospitals across the country in 28 procedures and diagnoses. In the Distinguished Hospital Study, the company reviewed tens of millions of hospitalization records over the years 2003, 2004 and 2005. Hospitals that receive the HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence are those hospitals that rank in the top five percent when all 28 individual scores are aggregated into an overall score.

According to the HealthGrades study, issued today, patients admitted to a hospital receiving the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence are, on average, 28 percent less likely to face mortality and five percent less likely to suffer from a major complication. This year, only 266 of the nation’s 4,971 non-federal hospitals will receive the distinction.

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