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Bill Stephens

March 5th, 2021


Deaconess named to Healthgrades 2021 America’s 250 Best Hospitals

EVANSVILLE – Deaconess today announced that it has achieved the Healthgrades 2021 America’s 250
Best Hospitals Award™. The distinction places Deaconess Hospital in the top five percent of nearly 4,500 hospitals assessed across the U.S. for its superior clinical performance according to Healthgrades, the leading resource that connects consumers, physicians, and health systems. This is the second year in a row that Deaconess has received America’s 250 Best Hospitals Award.

“Being named among the top 5% of hospitals in the nation is a tremendous honor and a recognition of every employee who works at Deaconess,” said Shawn McCoy, CEO, Deaconess. “Our commitment to quality is
our highest priority, and our physicians, nurses, and other staff are dedicated to providing excellent care for each patient, even throughout the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

“Amidst the coronavirus crisis, it has never been more important to acknowledge the hospitals that remain committed to delivering the highest quality care,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer,
Healthgrades. “Healthgrades America’s 250 Best Hospitals recognizes organizations across the U.S. for their ongoing pursuit of the highest healthcare standards and exceptional outcomes.”
From 2017 through 2019, patients treated in hospitals achieving the award had, on average, a 27.4 percent lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the award, as measured across
19 rated conditions and procedures for which mortality is the outcome.*

During the same period, if all hospitals performed similarly to those achieving the Healthgrades America’s 250 Best Hospitals Award, 167,235 lives could potentially have been saved. For example, patients treated for
heart failure in hospitals achieving the award have, on average, a 34.7 percent lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the award.*

Deaconess has also been recognized as one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Stroke Care™ for two consecutive years, one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Pulmonary Care™, one of America’s 100 Best
Hospitals for Gastrointestinal Care™, one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Critical Care™ and one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals for Vascular Surgery™ in 2021.

“These individual specialty recognitions, accompanied by the overall ‘250 Best’ ranking, reflects our culture of continuous improvement,” said McCoy. “Employees in each department are engaged in projects and
initiatives to further improve the quality of care provided to our patients, so our community and region can be confident that they will receive exceptional health care right here in the Tri-State.”

Recipients of the Healthgrades America’s 250 Best Hospitals Award stand out among the rest for overall clinical excellence across a broad spectrum of care. During the 2021 study period (Medicare Fiscal Years
2017-2019), these hospitals showed superior performance in clinical outcomes for patients in the Medicare population across at least 21 of 32 most common inpatient conditions and procedures — as measured by
objective performance data (risk-adjusted mortality and in-hospital complications).

To learn more about how Healthgrades determines award recipients, and for more information on Healthgrades Quality Solutions, please visit www.healthgrades.com/quality.

About Deaconess

Deaconess Health System is the premier provider of health care services in southwestern Indiana, western Kentucky and southeastern Illinois. The system – based in Evansville, Indiana – includes ten hospitals: Deaconess Midtown Hospital, Deaconess Gateway Hospital, Deaconess Henderson Hospital, Deaconess Union County Hospital, Deaconess Gibson Hospital, The Heart Hospital, The Women’s Hospital, The Orthopedic and Neuroscience Hospital, Deaconess Cross Pointe, and Encompass Health
Deaconess Rehabilitation Hospital.

Deaconess Clinic, a fully integrated multispecialty group featuring primary care physicians as well as top specialty doctors, provides patients with consistent and convenient care. Additional components
include the Linda E. White Hospice House, a freestanding cancer center, urgent care facilities, near site clinics, telemedicine, virtual visits, a network of preferred hospitals and doctors, and multiple partnerships with other regional health care providers.

*Statistics are based on Healthgrades analysis of MedPAR data for years 2017 through 2019 and represent 3-year estimates for Medicare patients only.
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