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Bozeman Deaconess Hospital Receives 5-Star Rating For Coronary Interventional Procedures

January 12, 2009

Bozeman Deaconess Hospital announced that it has received a top five-star rating for the quality of its coronary interventional procedures by HealthGrades, the leading independent healthcare ratings company. Bozeman is also ranked among the top three hospitals in the state for coronary interventional procedures.

"We're very pleased that the cardiac program at Bozeman Deaconess has been recognized for this achievement," said John Nordwick, CEO and President of Bozeman Deaconess Health Services. "Our staff and physicians have worked hard to provide our community with the highest level of care and this recognition validates their tremendous effort."

These findings were included in the eleventh annual HealthGrades Hospital Quality in America Study, which analyzed more than 41 million Medicare hospitalization records from 2005 to 2007 at the nationís approximately 5,000 non-federal hospitals. Also according to the study, patients treated at the nationís top-rated hospitals have a 70 percent lower chance of dying compared with the lowest-rated hospitals across 17 common procedures and conditions, ranging from heart attack and
pneumonia care to respiratory failure.

While overall death rates declined from 2005 to 2007, the nationís best-performing hospitals were able to reduce preventable deaths at a much faster rate than poor-performing hospitals, resulting in large state, regional and hospital-to-hospital variations in the quality of patient care, the study found.

"Since the program's inception in 2005, it has been the goal of the interventional cardiovascular service to provide high quality, state-of-the-art care to the residents of Southwest Montana, said cardiologist Dane Sobek, MD, of Cardiology Consultants of Bozeman. "By taking an aggressive teamwork approach to treating cardiovascular disease with strict attention to evidence-based guidelines, we have been fortunate to produce outcomes that exceed national standards. These
results would not be possible without the support of our hospital and the medical community."

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