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Saint Clare's Hospitals Rank High in Third Annual State Report on Hospital Performance


10/03/2007

Community Hospitals Rank 1st and 2nd Respectively in Treatment of Pneumonia

MORRIS & SUSSEX COUNTIES , NJ Saint Clare's Hospitals in Sussex, Denville and Dover, the acute care hospitals of Saint Clare's Health System, ranked in 1st and 2nd places statewide for the treatment of patients with pneumonia in the State's third annual Hospital Performance Report, released September 21 by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services.

Saint Clare's Hospital/Sussex earned an overall score of 97 out of 100 and Saint Clare's Hospitals in Denville and Dover earned an overall score of 96 out of 100 on a number of indicators, including oxygenating patients within 24 hours of arriving at the hospital, screening patients for pneumonia vaccination and vaccinating patients, treating patients with bacterial pneumonia with antibiotics within four hours of arrival, performing blood cultures, and offering advice on smoking cessation.

 "We are proud of the work done by our physicians, nurses and the entire staff throughout Saint Clare's Health System," said Gary J. Blan, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer of Saint Clare's Health System. "For our three acute care hospital campuses to hold the top two rankings in the state for pneumonia treatment, it is a tribute to the teamwork of our medical staff and clinical support staff at all our acute care facilities, supported by all of the professionals at Saint Clare's Health System. The state report is validation of our ongoing commitment to provide high quality healthcare for the people of northwest New Jersey."

Saint Clare's Hospital/Denville also tied for 5th place with nine (9) other New Jersey hospitals with a score of 96 and Saint Clare's Hospital/Sussex tied for 8th place with eight (8) other hospitals in treating patients with heart attacks. Hospitals were ranked on whether they administered aspirin to patients within 24 hours of arrival and at discharge, whether they administered Beta Blockers (which relieve stress on the heart by slowing the heart rate and reducing the force with which the heart contracts to pump blood) within 24 hours of arrival and at discharge, whether angioplasty or other cardiac intervention was performed within 2 hours of arrival, and whether patients were administered an ACE inhibitor at discharge. ACE inhibitors help reduce the risk of death from a heart attack if taken within 24 hours of the first symptoms. Saint Clare's Hospital/Sussex (with a score of 88) tied for 13th place statewide with two other hospitals in treating heart attacks.

The Hospital Performance Report, prepared from data by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, ranks New Jersey hospitals on how well each performs in adhering to industry standards in treating pneumonia, heart attacks, and congestive heart failure (CHF).

The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, which has been publishing the report since 2004, notes that since the first report, scores for the treatment of pneumonia and myocardial infarction (heart attacks) statewide have improved significantly. For the first time in 2006, scores and rankings for the treatment of congestive heart failure have been added.

In 2005, Saint Clare's Hospital/Sussex earned an overall score of 93 for the treatment of pneumonia and a score of 97 in treating heart attacks. Saint Clare's Hospital/Denville scored a 94, with seven other hospitals in treating heart attacks, in last years report. Also in 2005, Saint Clare's Hospital/Dover scored an 89 in the treatment of pneumonia.

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