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2012
UK HealthCare, Norton Healthcare earn top statewide rankings in U.S. News & World Report Best Hospital Ratings

UK HealthCare No.1 in Kentucky; Norton Healthcare No.1 in Louisville, No. 2 in Kentucky

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (July 17, 2012) – UK HealthCare and Norton Healthcare today announced that their combined efforts to provide the best in specialized care to Kentucky residents have been validated by earning the top rankings in U.S. News and World Report’s Best Hospital analysis.

U.S. News & World Report released its 23rd annual listing of Best Hospitals. This year’s rankings showcase more than 720 of the nation’s roughly 5,000 hospitals. Fewer than 150 are nationally ranked in at least one of 16 medical specialties. Norton Healthcare was rated as “high performing” in cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology, geriatrics, gynecology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonary and urology.

The hospital rankings are like a GPS-type aid to steer patients to hospitals with strong skills in the procedures and medical conditions that present the biggest challenges, according to Avery Comarow, U.S. News health rankings editor.

“All of these hospitals are the kinds of medical centers that should be on your list when you need the best care,” said Comarow. “They are where other hospitals send the toughest cases.”

In 2011 UK HealthCare and Norton Healthcare announced plans to work together across the state of Kentucky and beyond to target the region’s most pressing health problems: stroke, cancer and heart disease. This focus is in response to the commonwealth’s incidences of these health conditions that far exceed most other states.

"This acknowledges the hard work of our health care team in providing the highest quality patient care in the commonwealth and our efforts in making great strides toward our goal of being one of the premier academic medical centers in the country," said Dr. Michael Karpf, UK executive vice president for health affairs. "We are committed to offering world-class advanced subspecialty care such as transplants, complex cardiovascular surgeries, innovative cancer treatments and pediatric subspecialties so a patient and their family never have to leave their home state to receive even the most complex medical care."

“We at Norton Healthcare have always appreciated the potential of our affiliation with UK HealthCare. It is very rewarding to see that potential validated by the rankings from U.S. News & World Report,” said Stephen A. Williams, president and CEO, Norton Healthcare.”Given our focus on expanding our network through agreements with smaller regional hospitals, we were particularly pleased with our No.1 ranking in the Louisville area.”

As the third largest private employer in Louisville, Norton Healthcare has experienced significant organic and acquisition growth over the past few years. Despite the economic upheaval of the past four years, Norton Healthcare has added more than 2,200 jobs to a workforce that now exceeds 12,000 employees. With a network of five hospitals hosting more than 1,800 licensed beds, the organization has invested hundreds of millions of dollars in capital expenditures in recent years. In addition, in 2011 Norton Healthcare provided more than $122 million in community benefit to the communities it serves. This includes charity care, unreimbursed Medicare services, community education, sponsorships, leadership support for more than 200 community organizations and nearly 6,000 hours of employee volunteer service to worthy causes.

About Norton Healthcare
For more than 125 years, Norton Healthcare’s faith heritage has guided its mission to provide quality health care to all those it serves. Today, Norton Healthcare is the Louisville, Ky. area’s leading hospital and health care system and third largest private employer, providing care at nearly 140 locations throughout Greater Louisville and Southern Indiana. The Louisville-based not-for-profit system includes five Louisville hospitals with more than 1,800 licensed beds; five outpatient centers; 12 Norton Immediate Care Centers; 11,800 employees; more than 600 employed medical providers; and in excess of 2,000 total physicians on its medical staff. Norton Healthcare was the 2011 recipient of the prestigious National Quality Forum National Quality Healthcare Award, along with the 2011 Kentucky Hospital Association Quality Award. The organization has consistently been recognized as one of the best places to work in Metro Louisville, the state of Kentucky and nationally. Norton Healthcare and Humana are one of only four national pilot sites, and the only one in Kentucky, to study the Accountable Care Organization (ACO) model through the prestigious Brookings – Dartmouth ACO Pilot Project. More information about Norton Healthcare is available at NortonHealthcare.com.

About UK HealthCare
Established in 1957, UK HealthCare consists of the patient care activities of the University of Kentucky. UK HealthCare facilities include UK Chandler Hospital, Kentucky Children’s Hospital, UK Good Samaritan Hospital, Kentucky Clinic, Markey Cancer Center and 80 specialized clinics and more than 140 outreach programs throughout Central and Eastern Kentucky. UK HealthCare is comprised of a team of 6,000 physicians, nurses, pharmacists and health care workers all dedicated to patient health. Currently, an $800 million expansion project is under way that includes a 1.2 million-square-foot facility designed to support patient care for the next 100 years. As part of the phased plan for the 12-story patient care pavilion, a new state-of-the art emergency department opened in July 2010 and public spaces including the atrium, auditorium and chapel as well as two patient floors with 128 beds opened in May 2011.

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