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St. Anthony’s Named Top 100 Nationwide in Quality Care

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (Aug. 30, 2005) – St. Anthony’s Health Care ranked among the top 100 hospitals nationwide in a recent survey of quality care for heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia.
Awarded to the nation’s top-performing quality hospitals, this prestigious honor is based on data submitted to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid for quality measures in those three most common conditions.

Overall, St. Anthony’s ranked 42 in the nationwide assessment, "The Total Benchmark Solution Top 100 Quality Award."

St. Anthony’s was the only hospital in the region, and one of three in Florida, to have exceeded both the state and national averages in all quality-measure categories surveyed. To view results by region, visit www.totalbenchmarksolution.com, click on Best Care and enter an area zip code and search within 50 miles.

Hospital leaders credit the high ranking with strong teamwork between hospital staff, administrators and physicians as well as a multi-disciplinary focus and dedication to quality care.

Ford Kyes, St. Anthony’s president and CEO, accepted the award on behalf of the entire team.

“This is what we do,” he said. “We don’t do it for any rewards. The reward is in the eyes of the people that we care for every day.”

Dr. Corey Evans, a physician at St. Anthony’s, credited the hospital’s success with close cooperation between medical staff and hospital administration. The ranking is meaningful, he said, because it is based on objective measures.

“It’s important for people to understand that these indicators were the most important indicators picked by a panel of experts in each of the major disease categories,” he said. “For St. Anthony’s to have performed as well as it did, says a lot about the hospital’s quality of care.”

The achievement reflects commitment to quality throughout the hospital, said Bradley Petersen, chairman and founder of Total Benchmark Solution, LLC.

“Based upon our analysis of the Quality Measure data, St. Anthony’s Health Care has clearly demonstrated its abilities as a top quality performing hospital for heart attack care, heart failure care and pneumonia care,” he said. “We commend St. Anthony’s for its efforts to achieve this ranking, which demonstrates a commitment to quality.”

St. Anthony’s is a not-for-profit, 405-bed hospital founded as a ministry of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany in 1931. The hospital has more than 1,300 employees, admits more than 12,000 patients a year and is the only faith-based hospital in Pinellas County. Last year, St. Anthony's opened a $37-million outpatient center at Carillon, and a three-story outpatient Heart Center is under construction near the hospital’s east entrance, off Jackson Street. A comprehensive $30-million renovation is scheduled to wrap up this fall and will help the hospital focus on its mission to provide top-notch adult health care.
In May, the St. Anthony’s Health Care Foundation was named “Outstanding Business of the Year for 2005” in the Charitable/ Not for Profit category by the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce.

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