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Central DuPage Hospital’s Orthopedics Ranks in U.S. News Media Group’s 2008 Edition of America’s Best Hospitals for the Second Consecutive Year

July 11, 2008

WINFIELD, Ill., July 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Central DuPage Hospital (CDH) of Winfield, Ill. has been ranked #47 in Orthopedics in U.S. News’ 2008 publication of America’s Best Hospitals, accessible today online at http://www.usnews.com/besthospitals and on sale at newsstands Monday, July 14.

Out of the 5,453 hospitals reviewed, only 170 medical centers nationwide ranked high enough by the 2008 America’s Best Hospitals standards to be listed in one or more of the 16 specialties.

“Talent and money alone don’t put hospitals in the rankings,” says Best Hospitals editor Avery Comarow. “The truly best hospitals are never satisfied,” he said. “Of course they have high medical standards. But the emphasis is not only on doing well, but always doing better.”

“Achieving this recognition for the second consecutive year is a testament to our entire hospital community. Our patients benefit from fine surgeons, excellent nurses and staff, and, our ongoing commitment to state-of-the-art technology,” says Luke McGuinness, Chief Executive Officer of CDH. “Investments in new programs and expanded capacity are rooted in our desire to meet the needs of our patients and physicians alike. It is always an honor to be recognized and to know these efforts are well received.”

Methodology

The rankings in 12 of the 16 specialties weigh three elements equally: reputation, death rate and a set of care-related factors such as nursing and patient services. In these 12 specialties, hospitals have to pass through several gates to be ranked and considered a Best Hospital:

1. The first gate determines whether a hospital is eligible to be ranked at all by requiring that any of three conditions be met — to be a teaching hospital, to be affiliated with a teaching hospital, or to have at least six important medical technologies from a defined list of 13.

2. The second gate determines whether a hospital is eligible to be ranked in a particular specialty. To be eligible, the hospital had to either have at least a specified volume in certain procedures and conditions over three years, or had to have been nominated in our yearly specialist survey.

3. The third gate is whether a hospital does well enough to be ranked, based on its reputation, death rate, and factors like nurse staffing and technology.

This award is one of many achieved by Central DuPage Hospital within the last two years. The 361-bed facility has been recognized as a Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospital in 2006 and 2007, has received awards in Clinical Excellence, Coronary Intervention, Gastrointestinal Surgery, Gastrointestinal Care, Pulmonary Care, Stroke Care, Critical Care, Patient Safety and Joint Replacement from HealthGrades and has earned the Hospital and Health Networks Most Wired Award.

About the U.S. News Media Group

The U.S. News Media Group is a multi-platform digital publisher of news and analysis which includes U.S.News & World Report magazine, http://www.usnews.com/ and http://www.rankingsandreviews.com/. Focusing on Health, Money & Business, Education and Public Service/Opinion, the U.S. News Media Group has earned a reputation as the leading provider of service news and information that improves the quality of life of its readers. The U.S. News Media Group’s signature franchises include its News You Can Use(R) brand of journalism and its “America’s Best” series of consumer guides that include rankings of colleges, graduate schools, hospitals, health plans and more.

About Central DuPage Hospital

Central DuPage Hospital (CDH) is a nationally recognized 361-bed facility located in Winfield, Illinois, a suburb west of Chicago. It is the third most active hospital in Illinois performing total joint replacements. CDH is a leading center for surgical innovations and was one of the first institutions in the nation to offer robotic-assisted surgery, minimally invasive spine surgery with bio-engineered bone protein and was the first Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in DuPage County.

The hospital is part of an interdependent network of health-care organizations and services, including convenient care centers, occupational health services and a full range of options for senior living, home health and hospice care. To learn more information about CDH visit http://www.cdh.org/ or call (630) 933-4CDH.

Central DuPage Hospital

CONTACT: Amy Jo Steinbruecker of Central DuPage Hospital,+1-630-933-5117, media@cdh.org




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