Five Star Excellence

North Ridge earns five-star rating for excellence North Ridge Medical Centre Ranked Number One in Florida for its Cardiac Services in 2001 North Ridge Medical Centre (NRMC) has earned a five-star report card rating in 2001 from HealthGrades, Inc., an information grading system. The rating placed NRMC in the top 5 percent of medical facilities nationwide. “As the largest open heart program in Broward and South Palm Beach counties, our cardiac program has been very successful, thanks to an excellent team of doctors and nurses. But it is gratifying to receive this five-star recognition from a company that is in the business of rating heart programs nationally,” said Cliff Bauer, chief executive officer or NRMC. NRMC was ranked number one in Florida and in the top 5 percent in the nation for its cardiac services. It also was ranked in the top 10 percent in the nation and in the top five in the state of Florida for interventional procedures. NRMC received the highest possible ratings for interventional procedures, treatment of heart attack, and treatment of heart failure. HealthGrades develops report cards on more than 5,000 hospitals across the country. Using proprietary, risk-adjusted data from several different sources in a three-year time period, HealthGrades objectively rates hospitals and translates the statistics to user-friendly data. To earn a five-star rating, you must score in the top 10 percent of the nation. HealthGrades’ ratings for hospital specialty programs are updated annually. “The five-star rating earned by North Ridge Medical Centre is a mark of excellence that differentiates NRMC from the rest of the pack,” said Sarah Loughran, senior vice president of HealthGrades.com. “By breaking our hospital rating system down to the specialty or procedural level and using risk-adjusted data, we are providing customers with objective information to help them make well-informed health care decisions for themselves and their families. Patients can compare their own local hospitals with regional and national programs by specialty, allowing an apples to apples comparison, to determine where they can receive quality specialty care.” About HealthGrades HealthGrades is an award-winning online resource that provides objective report card ratings on hospitals, health plans and nursing homes; enables users to create a customised list of physicians based on quality criteria; and includes detailed profiles and directory information on healthcare providers nationwide. Offering tailored searches by geographic location and specialty, HealthGrades provides a comprehensive database that includes information on more than 600,000 physicians, 5,000 hospitals, 400 health plans, 17,000 nursing homes, 10,000 mammography clinics, 300 fertility clinics, 60,0000 chiropractors, 150,000 dentists, 21,000 assisted living centres, 7,800 home health agencies, 75 birth centres, 3,000 hospice care facilities, 8,000 acupuncturists and 700 naturopathic physicians across the country. The Company markets its content to hospitals, health plans, nursing homes, Internet sites and large employer groups. HealthGrades was named the 1999 eHealthcare World Insight Platinum Award winner, recognising a breakthrough business model, product or service or a new mode of thinking about the Internet.