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February 27, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center has received the 2013 Distinguished Award for Clinical Excellence by HealthGrades, making it one of 262 hospitals nationwide – and the only hospital in Columbus – to be on the HealthGrades list.

Receiving this award puts Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center in the top five percent of hospitals in the United States.

“We are pleased to be included in the elite ranks of hospitals nationwide that have demonstrated superior performance in caring for patients in the Medicare population as measured by HealthGrades,” said Dr. Steven G. Gabbe, CEO of Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center. “This award recognizes the comprehensive, high-quality care offered here across a broad spectrum of clinical specialties and patient care.”

To be eligible for this award, hospitals had to be evaluated for mortality and complication rates for at least 19 of the 27 most common inpatient conditions and procedures listed in the HealthGrades methodology. Hospitals were also evaluated on 18 procedures and diagnoses, including sepsis treatment and hip replacements.

According to the HealthGrades report, from 2009 to 2011 mortality rates for the procedures were 30 percent lower at the “distinguished” hospitals than at all other hospitals.

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Contact: Alexis Shaw, Wexner Medical Center Public Affairs and Media Relations, 614-293-3737 or