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St. Mary’s Ranks Highly in National Awards

Hospital Ranks in top five percent in nation in four categories

RICHMOND, Va. (Oct. 20, 2010) – Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital is among the top five percent in the nation in stroke, prostatectomy, GI and critical care, according to a comprehensive annual study released Wednesday by HealthGrades, the leading independent health care ratings organization. The hospital also ranked in the top 10 percent for pulmonary care.

“We are honored to be recognized for awards that are directly related to quality care and excellent patient outcomes,” said Toni Ardabell, CEO Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital. “Our medical team is comprised of dedicated and compassionate individuals who work to provide excellent care, and each of them has been a contributor in this recognition.”

According to the Thirteenth Annual HealthGrades Hospital Quality in America study, top-rated hospitals had a 53 percent lower mortality rate than the U.S. national average for 17 procedures and diagnoses ranging from bypass surgery to treatment for heart attack. When the top-rated hospitals were compared to the poorest performers, there was an even greater quality gap: a 72 percent lower risk of mortality.

More information on the HealthGrades study, including the complete methodology, and the 2011 HealthGrades hospital ratings are free to the public and can be found at www.healthgrades.com.

St. Mary’s Hospital, one 391-bed acute-care facility, is part of the Bon Secours Richmond Health System. In addition to St. Mary’s Hospital, the not-for-profit Bon Secours Richmond Health System has three other hospitals in the Richmond area, Memorial Regional Medical Center, Richmond Community and St. Francis Medical Center, as well as more than 40 physician practice groups, and home health and hospice services.

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About HealthGrades
HealthGrades is the leading independent healthcare ratings organization, providing quality ratings, profiles and cost information on the nation's hospitals, physicians, nursing homes and prescription drugs. Millions of patients and many of the nation’s largest employers, health plans and hospitals rely on HealthGrades’ quality ratings, advisory services and decision-support resources. The HealthGrades Network of Web sites, including HealthGrades.com and WrongDiagnosis.com, is a top-ten health property according to comScore and is the Internet's leading destination for patients choosing providers. More information on how HealthGrades guides Americans to their best health can be found at www.healthgrades.com.

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