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Oct 16: Memorial Health System Named 2008/09 Consumer Choice Award Winner by National Research Corporation

For Immediate Release

October 16, 2008

Memorial Health System Named 2008/09 Consumer Choice Award Winner by National Research Corporation

National Research Corporation (NRC) recently recognized Memorial Health System as one of the nation’s top hospitals as a 2008/09 Consumer Choice Award winner. The award identifies hospitals which consumers have chosen as having the highest quality and image.

“All of us at Memorial work every day to provide the highest quality health care,” said Larry McEvoy, M.D. CEO of Memorial Health System. “This award is important to us because it shows that the people in our community recognize the great care that our team of health care professionals provides.”

Ginny Martin, President of NRC’s Healthcare Market Guide Division, said winners are determined by consumer perceptions on multiple quality and image ratings collected in the company’s Healthcare Market Guide Ticker® study. Of the 3,200 hospitals named by consumers in the study, the winning facilities rank highest in their Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs), as defined by the US Census Bureau. The Healthcare Market Guide Ticker study surveyed over 200,000 households representing over 400,000 consumers in the contiguous 48 states and the District of Columbia.

“Consumers continue to be empowered to make decisions for themselves and their families when selecting their healthcare facilities and services,” Martin said. “As care options multiply and consumer perception of quality grows in importance, dedication to providing a high level of quality healthcare becomes essential for hospitals. These Consumer Choice award winners exemplify the dedication it takes to provide quality healthcare to their communities, and we are please to honor them through the eyes of their patients.”

NRC’s Healthcare Market Guide Ticker is the nation’s largest and most comprehensive study of its kind. No other study used to measure hospital performance and preferences contains more consumer responses than NRC’s study.

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