FCHC gets 5-star rating for two consecutive years

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WAUSEON -- A report released by HealthGrades, the nation's most trusted, independent source of physician information and hospital quality ratings, once again named Fulton County Health Center, Wauseon, a recipient of the 5-Star Rating for Joint Replacement. This is the second consecutive year (2011-2012) the center's joint replacement program has been recognized.

Choosing a hospital can be a life or death decision. Overall, the HealthGrades report 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.

"Receiving this achievement for two years in a row speaks very highly of our physicians, surgery nursing staff and all our other patient care staff," states E. Dean Beck, administrator at FCHC. "It's an honor to be recognized nationally for all their hard work and dedication they provide."

"We commend Fulton County Health Center for its superior quality and support of consumerism and transparency in the Toledo, Ohio, area," said Kerry Hicks, HealthGrades CEO

The HealthGrades 2012 Healthcare Consumerism and Hospital Quality in America analyzed patient outcomes in nearly 40 million Medicare hospitalization records from 5,000 hospitals over the years 2008, 2009 and 2010.

HealthGrades' hospital ratings and awards reflect the track record of patient outcomes at hospitals in the form of mortality and complication rates. HealthGrades rates hospitals independently based on data that hospitals submit to the federal government. No hospital can opt in or out of being rated, and no hospital pays to be rated.

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