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September 23, 2001
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Johns Hopkins Hospital Consumer Choice Award Winner in Baltimore and D.C.

For the sixth straight year, The Johns Hopkins Hospital has received the Consumer Choice Award for the Baltimore region from the National Research Corporation (NRC). Hopkins also ranked number one among consumers in the Washington, D.C. region, the second time the hospital has taken this honor. While several market areas nationally had more than one Consumer Choice Award winner, Hopkins was the sole hospital to be selected as the top choice for health care by consumers in a dual market region: Baltimore-Washington.

Each year, NRC, a firm specializing in health care performance measurement, makes its awards to hospitals with the highest quality and image ratings in national market regions, based on the firm's syndicated health care market guide survey of more than 150,000 households. This year, the sixth in which NRC has named top hospitals in markets throughout the U.S., 122 hospitals in various market regions across the nation won the award.

"We are delighted that The Johns Hopkins Hospital has been selected by our neighbors as their number 1 choice for quality health care for each of the six years the surveys have been conducted," says Ronald R. Peterson, president of The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System and executive vice president of Johns Hopkins Medicine. "The fact that our selection for the award was made by health care consumers makes the award all the more meaningful."

Winners of the award are determined by consumer ratings of perceived quality and image. Of the 2,500 hospitals named by consumers in the survey, the top 122 rank highest in their Metropolitan Statistical Areas, as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau. The 2001 survey queried more than 150,000 households representing more than 400,000 consumers in the contiguous 48 states and the District of Columbia.



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