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Chelsea Community Hospital Named One of the Nation's 100 Top Hospitals by Thomson Reuters
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CHELSEA, MI – Chelsea Community Hospital was this week named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Thomson Reuters, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare.

The award recognizes hospitals that have achieved excellence in clinical outcomes, patient safety, patient satisfaction, financial performance, and operational efficiency. This is the second time Chelsea Community Hospital has been recognized with this honor.
Three other Saint Joseph Mercy Health System Hospitals – Ann Arbor. Saline, and Livingston – also received this award.
“This outstanding achievement is a result of the hard work of our physicians, staff, and volunteers who strive to provide the highest quality care every day,” said Kathleen Griffiths, President and CEO of Chelsea Community Hospital. “Our goal is to deliver exceptional, compassionate care to our communities, and I am proud that our efforts have been recognized by such a prestigious award.”

CCH also is consistently ranked in the top five percent of hospitals in the country for inpatient satisfaction, and last fall was recognized as one of the “Best Places to Work in Healthcare” by Modern Healthcare Magazine and the Studer Group.

The winners were identified through an in-depth analysis, the Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals®: National Benchmarks study. The study evaluated 3,000 short-term, acute care, non-federal hospitals in nine areas: mortality, medical complications, patient safety, average length of stay, expenses, profitability, cash-to-debt ratio, patient satisfaction, and adherence to clinical standards of care.

The winning hospitals were announced in the March 30 edition of Modern Healthcare magazine.

“The 100 Top Hospitals winners raised the bar again this year, delivering a higher level of reliable care and greater value for their communities,” said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president for performance improvement and 100 Top Hospitals programs at Thomson Reuters.

If all Medicare inpatients received the same level of care as Medicare patients treated in the winning hospitals:
- More than 107,500 additional patients would survive each year.
- Nearly 132,000 patient complications would be avoided annually.
- Expenses would decline by $5.9 billion a year.
- The average patient stay would decrease by nearly half a day.

More information on this study and other 100 Top Hospitals research is available at


About Chelsea Community Hospital

Chelsea Community Hospital is a not-for-profit hospital established in 1970. Located in Chelsea, Michigan, CCH recently merged with Saint Joseph Mercy Health System. CCH is nationally recognized for both quality of care and patient satisfaction by national ranking organization Press Ganey, and is accredited by the Joint Commission. CCH attracts more than 300 physicians in almost all disciplines, with leading edge technology, including the largest and strongest MRI in Michigan. Employing 1050 full- and part-time staff, CCH reported $96,471,284 in unrestricted revenue in fiscal year 2008. As a not-for-profit hospital, Chelsea Community Hospital reinvests its profits back into the community through programs to serve the poor and uninsured, manage chronic conditions like diabetes, health education and promotion initiatives, and outreach for the elderly. In Fiscal Year 2008, this included nearly $520,000 in such community benefits. Please visit for more information on the many programs and services offered at CCH.

About Saint Joseph Mercy Health System

Saint Joseph Mercy Health System (SJMHS) is a newly expanded health care organization serving southeast Michigan. Health coverage spans six counties, including Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw and Wayne. It includes 537-bed St. Joseph Mercy in Ann Arbor, 443-bed St. Joseph Mercy Oakland in Pontiac, 304-bed St. Mary Mercy in Livonia, 136-bed St. Joseph Mercy Livingston in Howell, 119-bed St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron, 113-bed Chelsea Community Hospital and 74-bed St. Joseph Mercy Saline. Combined, the seven hospitals are licensed for 1,726 beds, have five outpatient health centers, five urgent care facilities, more than 25 specialty centers; employ more than 14,000 individuals and have a medical staff of nearly 2,700 physicians.