Porter Center for Rehabilitation Recognized as One of the Top 10 Percent in the Country

(DENVER - March 31, 2009) Porter Adventist Hospital has been ranked in the top 10 percent of 805 inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs) that qualified to be ranked in the IRF database of Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation (UDSMR) in 2009.

We are pleased to have our staff and our facility recognized for the work they do every day in providing the highest quality care for those needing inpatient rehabilitation," said Dr. Gin-Ming Hsu, medical director of the Porter Center for Rehabilitation and Pain Services. Our program embodies the principles of Centura Health 2020, by working together to create a strong foundation and a system of care that our patients can rely on when they need it."

The rankings were determined by using UDSMRs program evaluation model (PEM), a case mix-adjusted and severity-adjusted tool that provides facilities with a performance score and ranking drawn from nearly three-quarters of all IRFs in the country.

The PEM Report Card recognizes high-performing facilities for their delivery of quality patient care that is effective, efficient, timely and patient-centered. The PEM Report Card uses the indicators of efficiency and effectiveness contained in the Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Patient Assessment Instrument (IRF-PAI), and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services reporting tool for the Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Prospective Payment System (IRF PPS).

We are pleased to present this award to Porter Adventist Hospital in recognition of the excellent care it provides to its patients," said Dr. Sam Markello, associate director of UDSMR. As the creator and caretaker of the nations largest database of rehabilitation outcomes, and with 20 years of experience and data, we have long worked with the industry to establish best practices. We developed the PEM Report Card as a tool to identify and recognize facilities that perform at a high level, to work with them to learn how they achieve high performance, and to share what we learn with others to elevate the performance of all."

This is the fourth year that UDSMR has issued these awards. The PEM Report Card was developed as part of a proactive solution to the Institute of Medicines 2006 recommendation to Congress that every Medicare provider be reimbursed on a pay-for-performance basis. The data used for this report was based on 2009 data, drawn from both Medicare and non-Medicare patients.


About Porter Adventist Hospital
Porter Adventist Hospital is a full service, Nursing Magnet designated, 368-bed acute-care referral center for complex medicine and surgery patients. In addition to being ranked No. 1 in overall cardiac care in Colorado by HealthGrades, Porter specializes in cancer care, joint replacement, spinal care and transplant. Porter is sponsored by Adventist Health System and is part of Centura Health, Colorados largest hospital and health care network delivering advanced care to more than half a million people each year, across 12 hospitals, seven senior living communities, medical clinics, Flight for Life and home care and hospice services. Porters and Centura's strength lies in the ability to offer a team of connected networks and shared resources to deliver accessible, reliable and cost-effective health care across the state. For more information about Porter Adventist Hospital, visit www.porterhospital.org or the Media Room at http://porter.mediaroom.com.

About UDSMR:
Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation (UDSMR) is a division of UB Foundation Activities Inc., a not-for-profit corporation affiliated with the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York. Founded in 1988, UDSMR administers the worlds largest medical rehabilitation database, and its instruments provide the field with a common language and measurement tools for outcomes and functional assessment. CMS has adopted UDSMRs FIM instrument as the basis for the IRF PPS, and UDSMR provides exclusive training and support to the agency.