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Orange Regional Medical Center Named Among the Nation’s Top Performance Improvement Leaders by Thomson Healthcare

August 15, 2007

(Middletown, NY) – Orange Regional Medical Center has been named one of the nation’s top performance improvement leader hospitals by Thomson Healthcare (formerly Solucient), the leading provider of decision support solutions that help organizations across the healthcare industry improve clinical and business performance. Orange Regional was the only New York hospital listed in the category of ‘Large Community Hospital’ with 250 or more beds. Orange Regional is licensed for 450 beds.

Orange Regional and its senior management team were recognized for being one of a hundred hospitals making the greatest progress in improving hospital-wide performance over five consecutive years (2001-2005). The 2006 Thomson 100 Top Hospitals®: Performance Improvement Leaders have set national benchmarks for the rate and consistency of improvement in clinical outcomes, safety, hospital efficiency, financial stability, and growth. Orange Regional and its medical staff have made major strides in increasing the quality and efficiency of services locally.

Efforts at Orange Regional are part of a broader, national movement to improve the quality and efficiency of healthcare spurred by the Institute of Medicine’s 2001 publication of “Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century,” a book that that described quality issues and proposed six goals for healthcare delivery. Partly as a result of this landmark study, a number of organizations began developing programs to improve hospital patient safety, including the 100,000 Lives Campaign by The Institute for Healthcare Improvement, and the Quality Alliance.

“We are very excited to achieve this honor,” says Orange Regional President & CEO Scott Batulis. “Over the past five years, the hospital has continued to strive toward improving the health of our community. Many individuals and teams have developed various initiatives to improve our clinical and business performance. We consistently strive for the highest level of patient care. This award recognizes the commitment that our employees, physicians, and Board of Directors have demonstrated toward this goal.”

“The leadership of the hospital and all of the people who work there have heard the national call to increase the pace of improvement for patients across the nation. Their efforts to improve performance have resulted in consistent year-over-year improvement that is among the fastest rate in the nation for its type of hospital,” said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president, 100 Top Hospitals programs, Center for Healthcare Improvement, Thomson Healthcare. “This means that your local hospital has found the key to continually improving the health services for the people in the community.”

The winners of the 2006 Performance Improvement Leaders Award made the following gains between 2001 and 2005:

Reduced the number of complications, adverse safety events and patient deaths to fewer than expected
Increased their expenses by only 6 percent, a rate significantly below cost of living increases. Peer hospitals’ expenses, meanwhile, increased 18 percent
Grew their outpatient services more quickly and consistently than their peers.
Rose from being unprofitable to maintaining a healthy positive profit margin of 5.9 percent
Discharged patients almost a day earlier, despite increasing patient acuity
The Thomson 100 Top Hospitals: Performance Improvement Leaders study analyzed acute care hospitals nationwide using detailed empirical performance data from years 2001 through 2005, including publicly available Medicare MedPAR data, Medicare cost reports, and Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) outpatient data.

The study looked at all U.S. hospitals licensed to treat Medicare patients. Eight performance measures were examined at each hospital: risk-adjusted mortality and complications, average length of stay, expenses, profitability, cash-to-debt ratio, growth in patient volume, and risk-adjusted patient safety index.

For more information about Orange Regional Medical Center visit www.ormc.org or call 1-888-321-ORMC (6762).

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