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Botsford Recognized Nationally for Performance Improvement

Farmington Hills, Mich., May 8, 2006 – Botsford General Hospital’s leadership team has received the Solucient 100 Top Hospitals: Performance Improvement Leaders award in recognition of the organization’s ability to improve hospital-wide performance consistently, year-over-year, at a substantially faster rate than peers across the U.S.

The results of the Solucient 100 Top Hospitals: Performance Improvement study were published in the May 1 issue of Modern Healthcare. The study identifies the hospitals and their leadership teams that made the greatest progress in improving hospital-wide performance over five years. Awards were made in five categories based on hospital size and teaching status. Botsford was recognized in the Teaching Hospital category.

“Five years of steady, well-aligned improvement means that Botsford has enormously increased the value of services we provide to the community,” said Paul LaCasse, D.O., Botsford’s president and CEO. “I am very proud of the organization-wide achievement this award represents. Hard work by every member of this organization is paying off for patients and the community in lives saved, greater efficiency, greater patient safety, growth in business, more money to invest in new and better services, and a better position to meet future challenges.”

The Solucient study shows that Performance Improvement Leader hospitals made the following gains between 2000 and 2004:

“Management teams at these winning organizations have set national benchmarks for consistent improvement in clinical outcomes, safety, hospital efficiency, financial stability and growth,” said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president, performance improvement and 100 Top programs, Center for Healthcare Improvement at Solucient, an information products company serving the healthcare industry.

The study looked at all U.S. hospitals licensed to treat Medicare patients. Nine performance measure were examined at each hospital: risk-adjusted mortality and complications, average length of stay, expenses, profitability, cash to debt ratio, growth in patient volume, tangible assets and risk-adjusted patient safety index. The study used publicly available Medicare cost reports, MedPAT data and Center for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) outpatient data from 200 to 2004.

The Botsford Health Care Continuum is an integrated system of care that includes Botsford General Hospital, the Botsford Physician Network, Community Emergency Medical Service, the Botsford Continuing Care Corporation and the Botsford Center for Health Improvement. The Botsford site on the internet is www.botsford.org.

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