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U.S. News & World Report Names Holy Cross Hospital Among Nation’s Top High Performing Hospitals in Heart Bypass Surgery, Hip Replacement, Knee Replacement, Heart Failure and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

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Washington DC – May 21, 2015 – Holy Cross Hospital has been rated high performing in Heart Bypass Surgery, Hip Replacement, Knee Replacement, Heart Failure and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals for Common Care ratings. The ratings evaluate more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide on common inpatient procedures and conditions.

“Holy Cross Hospital is thrilled to be among the 34 hospitals nationwide deemed 'High Performing' on all five Common Care procedures and conditions,” said Patrick A. Taylor, MD, MBA, president and chief executive officer of Holy Cross Hospital. “As the only Florida hospital represented on the list, this truly is a testament to the clinical excellence of our team and our commitment to being the trusted health partner for life.”

U.S. News evaluated hospitals in five procedures and medical conditions – heart bypass surgery, hip replacement, knee replacement, heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) – and rated them high performers, average or below average. Only about 10 percent of the hospitals were rated as high performers.

“The choice of hospital is one of the most important and costly decisions an individual makes,” said Ben Harder, chief of health analysis for U.S. News. “We evaluated the treatment of more than 3.6 million patients and identified a small percentage of hospitals that have superior outcomes compared with their peer institutions. Whenever possible, patients, in consultation with their doctors, should seek out high performing hospitals that excel in treating their specific condition.”

U.S. News created Best Hospitals for Common Care to help patients find better care for the kinds of common procedures and medical conditions that account for millions of hospitalizations each year. Objective outcome measures such as deaths, infections, readmissions, and operations that need to be repeated as well as patient satisfaction data largely determined the ratings. The Best Hospitals for Common Care ratings rely on Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services data for patients 65 and older, as well as survey data from the American Hospital Association and clinical registry data from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons.

Dr Foster, an international health care analytics company with expertise on claims-based risk adjustment, collaborated with U.S. News on the Best Hospitals for Common Care ratings methodology.

About Holy Cross Hospital
A part of Trinity Health, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based Holy Cross Hospital is a full-service, non-profit Catholic hospital operating in the spirit of the Sisters of Mercy. Since opening its doors in 1955, the 557-bed hospital has offered progressive services and programs to meet the evolving healthcare needs of individuals and families we serve.  Today, Holy Cross has more than 600 physicians on staff representing more than 40 specialties and more than 3,000 employees. To learn more about Holy Cross Hospital, visit holy-cross.com, “like” Holy Cross Hospital, Fort Lauderdale on Facebook, or follow @holycrossfl on Twitter.

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