Jupiter Medical Center Achieves Highest Distinction as One of Healthgrades America's 50 Best Hospitals in 2013, Top 1% in Nation



JUPITER, Fla. (February 19, 2013) – Jupiter Medical Center announced today that it has once again been named one of the nation’s 50 Best hospitals. This distinction, which was achieved based on clinical performance over several years, places Jupiter Medical Center in the top one percent of hospitals nationwide, out of the nearly 4,500 hospitals evaluated.

Jupiter Medical Center achieved this distinction for three consecutive years - only one of seven in Florida and one of 35 in the nation to do so - an indication of the medical center’s commitment to quality. The ranking was announced by HealthGrades, the leading online resource that helps consumers search, evaluate, compare and connect with physicians and hospitals.

“Hospitals earn this distinction by providing better than expected outcomes across a broad spectrum of conditions and procedures and maintaining these superior results over an extended period of time,” said Evan Marks, EVP Informatics and Strategy. “As such, by selecting a hospital on the HealthGrades America’s 50 Best hospital list, consumers can expect a commitment to exceptional quality and clinical care that is amongst the best in the nation.”

“Our top recognitions show that Jupiter Medical Center is at the forefront of healthcare and proves that a committed medical staff, in partnership with a diligent Jupiter Medical Center team, results in great patient success,” said John D. Couris, President and CEO of Jupiter Medical Center. “While the award is impressive, the process we go through to achieve and maintain this distinction is what makes us world-class.”

Jupiter Medical Center is among the hospitals with the lowest risk-adjusted mortality rates providing patients in the West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach, Florida area with some of the best possible quality care.

For more information about HealthGrades, to download a full copy of the report, or to get information about hospital and physician quality, visit www.healthgrades.com. For access to interactive materials on this announcement, visit http://www.nextworks.com/client/healthgrades/jupiter_cc.html.

About Jupiter Medical Center
A not-for-profit 283-bed regional medical center consisting of 163 private acute care hospital beds and 120 long-term care, sub-acute rehabilitation and Hospice beds, Jupiter Medical Center provides a broad range of services with specialty concentrations in oncology, imaging, orthopedics & spine, digestive health, emergency services, lung & thoracic, women’s health, weight management and men’s health. Founded in 1979, the medical center has approximately 1,500 team members, 520 physicians and 700 volunteers. Jupiter Medical Center is the recipient of the HealthGrades ‘America’s 50 Best’ Award™ for three years in a row (2011-2013) and the Distinguished Hospital Award - Clinical Excellence™ for nine years in a row (2005-2013). For more information on Jupiter Medical Center, please call (561) 263-2234 or visit www.jupitermed.com.

HealthGrades Hospital Quality Distinctions
HealthGrades evaluates hospital performance for nearly 4,500 hospitals across the nation in 27 procedures and conditions annually. Healthgrades.com provides information on objective measures of hospital performance, which allows consumers to compare their local hospitals online at www.healthgrades.com/find-a-hospital. HealthGrades evaluates hospital performance for nearly every hospital in the nation; no hospital can opt-in or opt-out of being evaluated, and no hospital pays to be evaluated. Mortality and complication rates are risk adjusted, which takes into account the differing severity of illness at different hospitals and allows for hospitals to be compared fairly.

About HealthGrades
HealthGrades, headquartered in Denver, Colorado, is the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. More than 225 million visitors use the HealthGrades websites to search, evaluate, compare and connect with physicians and hospitals that best meet their treatment needs. Consumers are empowered through use of the HealthGrades proprietary information about clinical outcomes, satisfaction, safety, and health conditions to make more informed healthcare decisions and take action. For more information, please visit www.healthgrades.com and www.bettermedicine.com.

JMC Named One of America's 50 Best Hospitals by HealthGrades