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11-23-2009, 05:52 PM
FORT WALTON BEACH MEDICAL CENTER HAS LOWER MORTALITY RATE THAN NATIONAL AVERAGE, ACCORDING TO NATIONAL STUDY

Fort Walton Beach Medical Center is among the top 10% in the nation in Cardiac Surgery and Overall Orthopedics care and in the top 5% in the nation in Spine Surgery and General Surgery according to the recently released twelfth annual HealthGrades Hospital Quality in America Study. The HealthGrades study annually assesses patient outcomes – mortality and complication rates – at virtually all of the nation’s nearly 5,000 nonfederal hospitals.

In addition to their Cardiac Surgery Excellence Award, Orthopedic Surgery Excellence Award, Spine Surgery Excellence Award and General Surgery Excellence Award, Fort Walton Beach Medical Center is a recipient of five star ratings in Coronary Bypass Surgery, Spine Surgery, Hip Fracture Repair, Back & Neck Surgery, Overall Orthopedic Services, Appendectomy, Bowel Obstruction, and General Surgery.

“The HealthGrades Awards and Ratings are a testimony to the clinical strength of our physicians and staff who are dedicated to making quality patient care our top priority,” stated Tama R. Van Decar, M.D., Vice President of Medical Affairs. “This recognition also demonstrates our commitment to ensuring the highest level of quality care and the best possible outcomes for our patients and their families. We are honored to be ranked as a top performing hospital in the nation and are proud that we offer this level of quality healthcare right here in our community.”

According to the twelfth annual HealthGrades Hospital Quality in America study top-rated hospitals had a 52 percent lower mortality rate than the U.S. national average when looking at the patient outcomes of 17 procedures and diagnoses ranging from bypass surgery to treatment for heart attack. When the top-rated hospitals were compared to the poorest performers, there was an even greater difference, 72 percent lower mortality.

More information on the twelfth annual HealthGrades Hospital Quality in America Study and the new 2010 HealthGrades hospital ratings are now available at www.healthgrades.com (http://www.healthgrades.com), HealthGrades’ public Web site.