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Lenox Hill Hospital Receives Excellence Recognition in HealthGrades® 2007/2008 Maternity Care Report

June 25, 2007

Lenox Hill Hospital announced today that it has been recognized with a five-star rating for clinical excellence in a maternity care report issued today by HealthGrades, the nation's leading independent healthcare ratings company.

In addition, Lenox Hill Hospital ranked in the top ten percent of hospitals in the nation for maternity care, and has been recognized with the HealthGrades 2007/2008 Maternity Care Excellence Award.

The 2007/2008 HealthGrades programmatic ratings for maternity care are based on the following criteria: in-hospital complication rates associated with vaginal and cesarean deliveries, in-hospital volume, neonatal mortality, and complication rates for non-medically indicated or patient choice cesarean sections.

"At Lenox Hill Hospital our doctors and nurses deliver nearly 4000 babies each year. Our expert and dedicated staff are always available to provide new parents with the information, guidance and skills they need to ease their transition into parenthood,"
said Michael Divon, Chairman of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Lenox Hill Hospital.

For its 2007/2008 ratings, HealthGrades independently analyzed the quality of maternity care for more than 1,500 hospitals across 19 states that make this information publicly available, objectively assessing their clinical performance and quality over the three year period from 2003 - 2005. The four criteria measured were weighted using predetermined weights based on consensus from a physician panel. Each factor's percentile score was multiplied by its weight and then summed to create an overall score. Based upon each hospital's overall score, HealthGrades applied the following rating system:

Five-star (Best) = Top 15% of all hospitals within 19 states
Three-star (Average) = Middle 70% of all hospitals within 19 states
One-star (Poor) = Bottom 15% of all hospitals within 19 states

"Each year, HealthGrades conducts the largest annual studies of hospital quality in America," explained Samantha Collier, HealthGrades Chief Medical Officer. "The fact is, a close analysis of the data shows that the quality of maternity care varies widely from hospital to hospital, so it's important for individuals to have this vital information as they evaluate hospitals."

The complete maternity care ratings are published, free of charge, on the HealthGrades Web site, Ratings for 28 other medical procedures and diagnoses - including cardiac, pulmonary, vascular, stroke, orthopaedics, critical care, bariatrics and gastrointestinal services - are also available on the HealthGrades Web site. More than three million users visit the HealthGrades Web site each month.

About Lenox Hill Hospital

In 2007, Lenox Hill Hospital, a 652-bed fully-accredited acute care hospital, celebrates its 150th year of continuous service as it builds upon its rich history of medical innovation and superior healthcare.

Internationally recognized for excellence in cardiovascular care, orthopaedic surgery, sports medicine, maternal and child health, bariatric surgery as well as ophthalmology and otolaryngology, Lenox Hill Hospital, located on Manhattan's Upper East Side, is committed to the highest standards of care. A leader in medical education, cutting edge clinical research, and innovative community outreach, the Hospital treats more than 325,000 patients each year.

In 2006, the Hospital opened its new, expanded radiology center, with the only SPECT-Ct in the northeastern United States, and a new 64-slice CT scanner, one of the most highly advanced computerized imaging technologies available.

This year, the Anne and Isidore Falk Center for Emergency Care opened at Lenox Hill Hospital. The new 15, 750-square-foot facility is double the size of the previous space and features state-of-the-art equipment and technology.

Members of the press seeking information about Lenox Hill Hospital should call the Public Relations Department at (212) 434-2400.