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HCGH Recognized for Excellence by Becker’s Hospital Review

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For Immediate Release               
Contact: Sharon Sopp, 410.740.7646,
July 16, 2012

Columbia, Md. – Howard County General Hospital: A Member of Johns Hopkins Medicine (HCGH) was recently named by Becker’s Hospital Review to its list of “100 Great Community Hospitals,” the only community hospital in Maryland included on the national recognition list. There are 4,985 community hospitals in the United States.

With the list, Becker’s recognizes high-performing hospitals that demonstrate commitment to the health of the local population through clinical excellence, community involvement and various other efforts. The list is based on information, recognition and rankings from a range of industry sources.

“We are very pleased to be recognized by this respected publication for our achievements in providing quality care to our patients and serving our community in many ways,” said Victor A. Broccolino, president/CEO, Howard County General Hospital. “The number one priority of every employee, physician and volunteer at HCGH is to provide the safest, highest quality care to our patients and their loved ones. It is gratifying that Becker’s has confirmed the success of our efforts.”

Of the hospitals on the list, Becker’s Hospital Review Editor-in-Chief Lindsey Dunn said, “Community hospitals are a critical component to the American healthcare continuum. These hospitals are often the anchors of health and employment within their communities, providing patients with top-quality care close to home.” In its recognition of Howard County General, Becker’s profile of the hospital noted, “The hospital received a Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence in 2010 and 2011, and an Emergency Medicine Excellence Award for the past three years from HealthGrades.”

About Howard County General Hospital
Howard County General Hospital: A Member of Johns Hopkins Medicine is a not-for-profit health care provider with 249 licensed beds located in Columbia, Maryland. A comprehensive, acute-care medical center, Howard County General offers a full range of services, from neonatal care and pediatrics to oncology, orthopedics and geriatric services.  Programs include a full range of inpatient and outpatient services.
The hospital has a professional staff of nearly 900 physicians and allied health professionals, representing more than 80 specialties and subspecialties; a workforce of more than 1,700 individuals and nearly 500 volunteers.

About Becker's Hospital Review
Becker's Hospital Review is a bimonthly publication offering up-to-date business and legal news and analysis relating to hospitals and health systems. Content is geared toward high-level hospital leaders, and Becker's works to provide valuable content, including hospital and health system news, best practices and legal guidance specifically for these decision makers. Each issue of Becker's Hospital Review reaches more than 18,000 people, primarily acute-care hospital CEOs and CFOs.