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Munroe Regional Medical Center Recognized as the 2010/2011 Consumer Choice Award Winner in Marion County

It is the eighth consecutive year that Munroe Regional has won the award.


Munroe Regional Medical Center is pleased to announce that it has received the 2010/2011 Consumer Choice Award for Marion County by the National Research Corporation (NRC). It is the eighth consecutive year that Munroe has won the award.

The award identifies hospitals which healthcare consumers have chosen as having the highest quality and image in over 300 markets throughout the U.S. Munroe is one of only nine Florida hospitals to have won NRC's Consumer Choice Award eight or more times consecutively.

"For the eighth consecutive year, our community has selected Munroe as Marion County's Consumer Choice award recipient. This award is special because it is determined by the feedback of our community based on the quality of care they have received," said Steve Purves, President & CEO of Munroe. "Marion County residents deserve to have access to high quality healthcare and we are proud to be able to meet their needs at Munroe."

Ginny Martin, President of NRC's Ticker Division, said winners are determined by consumer perceptions on multiple quality and image ratings collected in the company's Healthcare Market Guide Ticker study. Of the 3,200 hospitals named by consumers in the study, the winning facilities rank highest in their Core Based Statistical Areas (CBSAs), as defined by the US Census Bureau. The Ticker study surveyed over 250,000 households representing over 450,000 consumers in the contiguous 48 states and the District of Columbia.

"Healthcare has become an increasingly important issue across the country and empowered consumers are making decisions for themselves and their families when selecting their healthcare facilities and services," Martin said. "As care options multiply and financial challenges remain strong, consumer perception of quality continues to grow in importance. Dedication to providing high quality healthcare has become essential for all hospitals. In the face of adversity, these Consumer Choice award winners exemplify the dedication it takes to provide quality healthcare to their communities, and we are pleased to honor them through the eyes of their patients."

NRC's Ticker Survey is the nation's largest and most comprehensive study of its kind. No other study used to measure hospital performance and preferences contains more consumer responses than NRC's study. The study has a margin of error + or - 0.2 percent at a national level. Co-winners are named when scores fall within the statistical margin of error for a given market.

National Research Corporation (NASDAQ:NRCI) is an industry leader, with more than two decades of experience in healthcare performance measurement and improvement.

For more information, please contact Ryan Gerds, Public Information Officer at 402-5206 or by email at ryangerds@mrhs.org.

About Munroe Regional Medical Center
Munroe Regional Medical Center is a locally owned, not-for-profit, acute care community hospital located in Ocala, Florida. Munroe Regional has been serving the residents of Marion County and surrounding communities for 112 years. The medical center has 421 licensed beds, 2,600 associates, 450 physicians and 1,600 volunteers. Munroe Regional admits over 24,000 patients each year, treats over 99,000 in three emergency departments, and sees another 51,000 for other outpatient needs. Munroe Regional's mission is to improve the health of our community by delivering compassionate, innovative care through exceptional people doing extraordinary works. Munroe Regional is located at 1500 SW 1st Avenue, Ocala, Florida. Main telephone number is (352) 351-7200.

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