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Orange Regional Medical Center Again Chosen as one of the Nation’s 100 Top Hospitals Performance Improvement Leaders

August 13, 2008

(Middletown, NY) – Orange Regional Medical Center has once again been named as a 100 Top Hospitals Performance Improvement Leader according to a study by Thomson Reuters, the world’s leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals.

This marks the second year in a row that Orange Regional has been recognized for being one of a hundred hospitals making the greatest progress in improving hospital-wide performance over five consecutive years (2002-2006). The 2007 Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals Performance Improvement Leaders have set national benchmarks for the rate and consistency of improvement in clinical outcomes, safety, hospital efficiency, and financial stability. Orange Regional Medical Center and its medical staff have made major strides in increasing the quality and efficiency of services locally.

“We are very proud to once again receive this honor,” says Orange Regional President & CEO Scott Batulis. “For the community, I think this recognition shows that this hospital is committed to enhancing the quality of care for its patients. Each day, our employees, physicians, Board of Directors and volunteers work hard to continuously improve the health of our community. These efforts have resulted in Orange Regional being recognized among the nation’s most improved hospitals.”

“This study identifies superior leadership, based on the success of hospital executive teams’ long-term strategies for strengthening performance,” said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president for performance improvement and 100 Top Hospitals programs at Thomson Reuters. “These are true ‘Good to Great’ leadership teams that have focused on improving quality, efficiency, use of evidence-based medicine, and financial stability in order to better serve their patients and communities.”

The Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals: Performance Improvement Leaders study analyzed acute care hospitals nationwide using detailed empirical performance data from years 2002 through 2006, including publicly available Medicare MedPAR data, Medicare cost reports, and Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) outpatient data.

The study rated hospitals on eight factors — patient mortality, medical complications, patient safety, length of stay, expenses, profitability, cash-to-debt ratio, and use of evidence-based medicine. Researchers evaluated 2,867 short-term, acute care, non-federal hospitals grouped into five categories: major teaching hospitals, other teaching hospitals, large community hospitals, medium-sized community hospitals, and small community hospitals.

For additional information Orange Regional Medical Center, please call the Orange Regional Health Connection at 1-888-321-ORMC (6762) or visit www.ormc.org.

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