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FHN Ranks High in Safety Ratings

7/6/2012

FHN Memorial Hospital in Freeport has been ranked third in hospital safety in Illinois by the world's largest independent, non-profit product- and service-testing organization in its August 2012 publication.

"We are proud to receive this recognition," said FHN President and CEO Michael Perry, MD. "As an organization, it is our goal to provide our communities with the best possible healthcare services and these 'grades' say we're on the right track. Of course we are even more pleased for our patients and hope this adds to their level of confidence in our processes and capabilities."

The data used in its rankings, Dr. Perry noted, is available (and updated quarterly) at, www.fhn.org/qualitycare.asp. It is gathered regularly by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and reported online by the Hospital Quality Alliance (HQA) at its website www.HospitalCompare.hhs.gov and the Illinois Hospital Association (IHA) at websites including www.illinoishospitals.org and www.healthcarereportcard.illinois.gov.

In information available in the August 2012 newsstand version of the publication, FHN is rated "better" in two of the four highlighted categories (six categories were rated) and has a computed safety score of 64. The top-ranked hospital in Illinois is Alton Memorial Hospital in Alton, with a safety score of 71. Illinois Valley Community Hospital in Peru, with a safety score of 65, was Illinois' second-ranked hospital. The top-ranked hospital nationally is Billings Clinic in Billings, Montana, with a safety score of 72.