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Peninsula Regional Named As One of America's Best 100 Hospitals by HealthGrades

Peninsula Regional Medical Center (PRMC), in Salisbury, Maryland, announced today that its superior clinical quality has placed it among an elite group of U.S. hospitals: HealthGrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals-the only hospital on the Delmarva Peninsula to achieve this distinction, ranking it in the top 2% of the 5,000 American hospitals surveyed. To be recognized, hospitals must have had risk-adjusted mortality and complication rates that were in the top 5% in the nation for the most consecutive years.  Peninsula Regional has been ranked among the top 5% of all American hospitals from 2009 to 2012-a Delmarva Peninsula best.   On average, patients treated at America’s 100 Best Hospitals had nearly a 30% lower risk of death.

“This remarkable honor is an acknowledgement of how hard everyone at Peninsula Regional works to maintain the best possible environment for our patients, and it is humbling to know our efforts are paying off,” said Dr. Peggy Naleppa, MS, MBA, FACHE, President/CEO.  “Like the other 99 US hospitals celebrating this prestigious honor today, we’re not perfect, but each of us is focused on becoming better at what we do every day.  That constancy of purpose and excellent teamwork is what ultimately turns very good hospitals into great hospitals and great hospitals into America’s best hospitals.”

Recently, HealthGrades, the nation’s leading independent healthcare ratings organization, also announced Peninsula Regional Medical Center as one of the nations’ 100 Best Hospitals in 2012 for: Cardiac Care, Stroke Care, Pulmonary Care, Gastrointestinal Care, Critical Care, and General Surgery.  Only four hospitals across the nation ranked among the 100 Best in more specialties; none located in the Mid-Atlantic region.  HealthGrades also ranked PRMC #1 in Maryland in 2012 for Cardiology Services, Treatment of Stroke and Vascular Surgery (for the second consecutive year).

Additionally, the HealthGrades study again found Peninsula Regional a regional leader in clinical excellence, ranking it as the Best on the Delmarva Peninsula for Overall Cardiac Services, Cardiology, Stroke Care, Neurosciences, Overall Pulmonary Care, Vascular Surgery, Overall GI Care and Critical Care for 2012. 

HealthGrades found that if all U.S. hospitals had performed at the level of PRMC, 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 like Peninsula Regional 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 100 Best Hospitals like PRMC 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 100 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.



About Peninsula Regional Medical Center

Peninsula Regional Medical Center (PRMC) in Salisbury, Maryland offers the widest array of specialty and subspecialty services on the Delmarva Peninsula. 

At over 360 acute care beds, 30 transitional care beds and 28 newborn beds, PRMC is the region’s largest, most advanced tertiary care facility, and has been meeting the healthcare needs of Delmarva Peninsula residents since 1897.  It is the region’s oldest healthcare institution with the most experienced team of healthcare professionals.

Peninsula Regional is an affiliate of the Johns Hopkins Clinical Research Network (JHCRN), a group of academic and community-based clinical researchers designed to provide new opportunities for research collaborations and accelerate the transfer of new diagnostic, treatment, and disease prevention advances from the research arena to patient care.

Peninsula Regional is the 6th largest Medical Center in the state of Maryland-by licensed acute care bed count-offering a full range of services, including neurosurgery, cardiothoracic surgery, joint replacement, emergency/trauma care and comprehensive cancer care.  PRMC has received over 125 national awards, certifications and recognitions over the past six years for the safety and care it provides patients and the outcomes they experience

New technologies, including daVinci robotic surgery and advanced disease detection and treatment options, continue to define the standard for safer care, faster recoveries and better outcomes. 

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