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Munroe Regional Medical Center Among HealthGrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals for the Sixth Consecutive Year (2007-2012)

Munroe Regional is the only hospital in Marion, Lake, Sumter, Citrus and Alachua Counties to receive this prestigious distinction

Ocala, Fl - March 20, 2012
Munroe Regional Medical Center announced today that its superior clinical quality has placed it among an elite group of U.S. hospitals: HealthGrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals for the sixth consecutive year (2007-2012). Munroe Regional is one of 9 hospitals in Florida, and the only hospital in Marion, Lake, Sumter, Citrus and Alachua Counties, to receive this prestigious distinction.

To be recognized with this distinction, hospitals must have had risk-adjusted mortality and complication rates that were in the top 5% in the nation for the most consecutive years. On average, patients treated at America’s 50 Best Hospitals had nearly a 30% lower risk of death.

“Munroe Regional has proudly been serving as our community owned hospital for 114 years with a commitment to providing high quality and safe healthcare to our patients,” said Steve Purves, President and CEO at Munroe Regional. “Being recognized by HealthGrades as one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals for the sixth consecutive year is a testament to this commitment, as well as the hard work and compassion of our employees, physicians, volunteers, and those 56 community leaders that serve on our various boards. They have all made significant contributions to our mission and have earned this honorable distinction.”

HealthGrades found that if all U.S. hospitals had performed at the level of Munroe Regional Medical Center, more than a half million Medicare deaths could have been prevented between 2000 and 2010. This finding was based on an analysis of more than 150 million Medicare patient records.

“As our nation seeks to elevate the quality of care at all hospitals, these elite facilities provide a roadmap for success,” said Dr. Arshad Rahim, HealthGrades Director of Accelerated Clinical Excellence. “Consumers increasingly are demanding greater transparency and quality when selecting healthcare providers. These hospitals are delivering. We commend them for their dedication to excellence in patient care.”

HealthGrades compared the performance of America’s 50 Best Hospitals like Munroe Regional Medical Center to all others and found: Collectively, during 2008 through 2010, these top hospitals had nearly a 30% lower risk-adjusted mortality across 17 procedures and diagnoses.

From 2008 through 2010, if all hospitals performed at the level of America’s Best Hospitals, 179,593 Medicare deaths may have been prevented. Complete procedure-by-procedure comparisons of the HealthGrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals and all others can be found at A comprehensive methodology for this award and all HealthGrades hospital ratings and rankings is also available online.

Who Are America’s Best Hospitals?

  • America’s Best Hospitals are located in 88 cities in 25 states.
  • The majority of America’s Best Hospitals are non-profit (87%), 7% are for profit, and 6% are government owned.
  • America’s Best Hospitals range from 100 beds to more than 500, with 45% having less than 350 beds and 55% having more than 350 beds.
Munroe Regional is one of only four hospitals in Florida to receive HealthGrades America’s 50 Best, the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence and the Patient Safety Excellence Award in 2012.

For more information, please contact Ryan Gerds, Public Information Officer, at 402-5206.

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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 114-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 Ave, Ocala, Florida. Website address is Main telephone number is (352) 351-7200.