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Via Christi Hospitals in Wichita

VIA CHRISTI IN NATION’S TOP 5 PERCENT FOR FIVE SPECIALTIES
Wichita, KS (October 18, 2011) –Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis and Via Christi Hospital on East Harry, which operate under a single license, have been named to HealthGrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Stroke and Critical Care in 2012.

According to a study released today by HealthGrades, a leading independent source of physician information and hospital quality ratings:

• Via Christi ranks among the top 5 percent in the nation for neurosciences, neurosurgery, stroke, pulmonary and critical care. • Via Christi ranks No. 1 in Kansas for neurosurgery, stroke, critical care, pulmonary and gastrointestinal medical treatment.

“Patients today have a wide array of options when it comes to choosing a healthcare provider,” said Kerry Hicks, HealthGrades chief executive officer. “We commend Via Christi Hospital for its superior quality and support of consumerism and transparency in the Wichita area.”

The HealthGrades study found that patients treated at 5-star rated hospitals experience a 73 percent lower risk of mortality and a 63 percent lower risk of complications compared to 1-star rated hospitals. A quality comparison of doctors and hospitals in the Wichita area can be found online at HealthGrades.com.

“The ratings reflect the ongoing commitment to quality that the physicians and staff serving at Via Christi demonstrate day in and day out,” said Randy Peterson, senior vice president of Via Christi Health Hospitals. “It’s rewarding to see their efforts to do what’s best for patients and families recognized again this year.”

HealthGrades is one of America's most trusted, independent sources of physician information and hospital quality outcomes, empowering more than 170 million consumers annually to make informed healthcare decisions.

Via Christi Health, a Catholic-sponsored ministry affiliated with Marian Health System and Ascension Health, is the largest provider of health care services in Kansas. Via Christi employs more than 10,000 in its hospitals, senior villages, physician offices and health services. In fiscal year 2010, it provided more than $82.8 million in community benefit to those it serves, including the poor. Visit viachristi.org.