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Augusta Health Named One of Top 100 Hospitals in the United States

Monday, March 28, 2011

Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals of 2011 logoOne of six hospitals to also receive Everest Award for performance and improvement

Augusta Health was today named one of the nation's 100 Top Hospitals® by Thomson Reuters, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare.

The 100 hospitals on the list demonstrate high-quality patient outcomes while improving efficiency. The objective, independent research evaluated nearly 3000 hospitals on measures of overall organization performance, including patient care, operational efficiency and financial stability. Augusta Health is the only hospital in Virginia to be named a Top 100 Hospital this year.

The Augusta Health team at the Top100 award ceremony

The 100 Top Ceremony. (Left to Right: Dr. Ranzini; Mary Mannix; Dr. Castello; E. Stuart Crow)

"We are delighted to be recognized as one of the 100 Top Hospitals by Thomson Reuters. While this is an extraordinary honor, it is important to remember that this is not really about winning an award; it is about what this award recognizes," said Stuart Crow, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Augusta Health. "It's about the care and effort that our medical staff, employees and volunteers have provided to our community."

In addition to being named one of the 100 Top Hospitals, Augusta Health was one of six of the Top 100 hospitals to receive the Everest Award. The Everest Award honors hospitals that have the highest current performance and fastest long-term improvement over five years. The Everest Award winners represent a special group of the 100 Top Hospitals that have set national benchmarks on a balanced scorecard of performance indicators.

"I am in awe of the effort and dedication of our medical staff, employees, volunteers and Board of Directors. Their commitment to our patients and our community is clearly reflected in this award," added Mary Mannix, FACHE, and CEO of Augusta Health. "I congratulate them all on earning this prestigious recognition. I could not be more proud to call them my colleagues."

Thomson Reuters estimates that if all hospitals performed at the same level as the 100 Top Hospital award winners, nearly 116,000 additional patients would survive each year, more than 197,000 patient complications would be avoided annually and the expense per adjusted discharge would drop by $462. To recognize the best hospitals in the United States, Thomas Reuters analyzes independent public data and objective research methods. Hospitals do not apply for this award and winners do not pay to market it.

Augusta Health is an independent, nonprofit community hospital whose mission is to promote the health and well-being of our community through access to excellent care. One of the 100 Top Hospitals in America, Augusta Health has also been nationally recognized by HealthGrades for clinical excellence and patient safety and received the Foster McGaw Prize for community service. For more information about Augusta Health, its programs or its services, please contact Public Relations at 540.245.7329 or 540.221.7329, or visit our website,