FHN Recognized for Surgical Capabilities

FREEPORT — FHN was one of just 20 Illinois hospitals given a first- or second-tier rating for its surgical capabilities by the world’s largest independent non-profit product- and service-testing organization.

The ratings, announced in the August issue of the organization’s magazine and on its website, www.consumerreports.org, are a combination of results for 27 kinds of scheduled surgeries, as well as specific ratings for back surgery, hip and knee replacement surgery, and procedures to remove blockages in the heart (angioplasty) or neck (carotid artery surgery).

The organization included 2,453 U.S. hospitals (107 in Illinois) in its rankings. Nationwide, 219 hospitals were given a tier one rating and 278 hospitals received a tier two rating. Just five Illinois hospitals received top-tier ratings – Alton Memorial Hospital in Alton; Decatur Memorial Hospital in Decatur; Genesis Medical Center, Illini Campus in Silvis; St. Margaret’s Hospital in Spring Valley; and Trinity Rock Island in Rock Island.

“It is an honor to be named among the top 20 percent of hospitals in the state for our surgical capabilities,” said FHN President and CEO Michael Perry, MD. “We believe these results are significant because no hospital can ask to be reviewed as part of this completely independent study. We think it’s a good indicator of the overall quality of care we offer our patients, and it offers assurance that we can provide ‘big-city’ caliber care in a comfortable setting close to home.”

The results of this study are available in the August 2013 issue of Consumer Reports magazine and online at the organization’s website, www.consumerreports.org.

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