Citrus Memorial Hospital October 20, 2015

Tampa, FL – Citrus Memorial Hospital today announced that it has received five stars for the quality of its coronary bypass surgery and was named among America’s 100 best hospitals for spine surgery by HealthGrades, the leading online resource helping consumers make informed decisions in order to find the right doctor, the right hospital, and the right care. These achievements are part of new findings and data released today on and in the – HealthGrades 2016 Report to the Nation. Every year, HealthGrades evaluates hospital performance at nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 33 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions.

“There’s no doubt the quality of surgical care provided by Citrus Memorial Hospital is superlative,” said Citrus Memorial Hospital CEO Ralph Aleman. “I’m proud of our skilled team of physicians, nurses and techs who constantly strive for improvement. They are the reason we are consistently top-rated.”

The new report demonstrates how clinical performance continues to differ dramatically between hospitals both nationally and regionally. This variation in care has a significant impact on health outcomes. For example, 2012 through 2014, if all hospitals as a group, performed similarly to hospitals receiving five stars as a group, on average 222,392 lives could potentially have been saved and 166,086 complications could potentially have been avoided. A five-star rating indicates that Citrus Memorial Hospital's clinical outcomes are statistically significantly better than expected when performing the procedures being evaluated.

For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 40 million Medicare inpatient records for nearly 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide, and assessed hospital performance relative to each of 33 common conditions and procedures. Healthgrades recognizes a hospital's quality achievements for cohort-specific performance, specialty area performance, and overall clinical quality. Individual procedure or condition cohorts are designated as 5 star (statistically significantly better than expected), 3 star (not statistically different from expected), and 1 star (statistically significantly worse than expected) categories. The complete Healthgrades 2016 Report to the Nation with detailed cohort-specific outcomes data, hospital-specific quality achievements, and detailed study methodology, can be found at .