St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center Receives 2013 Hospital Website Transparency Award

Award identifies outstanding hospital websites that promote transparency of safety and quality measures in a manner that is useful and user-friendly for consumers

(Washington, DC) St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center announced today that it has received the Hospital Website Transparency Award from URAC and The Leapfrog Group. The award identifies outstanding hospital websites that promote transparency of safety and quality measures in a manner that is useful and user-friendly for consumers. The winners were announced as part of The Leapfrog Group Annual Meeting, held at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, VA.

URAC commends St. Mary-Corwin for achieving the Hospital Website Transparency Award, showing true initiative in protecting consumers through transparency and quality reporting, said Kylanne Green, URAC President and CEO. We are celebrating these hospitals who exhibit innovations and best practices, and it is encouraging to see these hospitals that are committed to informing, protecting, and serving the community.

For the past two years, the Hospital Website Transparency Awards have recognized hospitals that have adapted and succeeded in the new era of health care consumerism, said Leah Binder, President and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. They have designed websites that are informative, engaging, and user-friendly for the communities they serve. We applaud their commitment to innovation and healthcare transparency.

As the healthcare landscape in southern Colorado continuously evolves, we are striving to deliver more value for every healthcare dollar, and key components certainly include increased transparency of cost and quality, said Brian Moore, President and CEO of St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center. Were very excited about this award as its indicative of the progress were making.

Many industries have been transformed by the Internet, but healthcare has been slower to adapt, said Leah Binder, President and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. We are proud to recognize St. Mary-Corwin as a leader in applying the tools of the digital age to build trust with their community.

The Hospital Website Transparency Awards program criteria was developed in accordance with the National Quality Forums guidelines for consumer-focused, Internet-based public reporting of health performance data as well as the Model Public Report Elements prepared for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

About St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center
A leader in technology with a legacy of great care, St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center in Pueblo, Colorado is home to the nationally recognized Dorcy Cancer Center, accredited Breast Center of Excellence, state of the art robotic-assisted surgical technology, a dedicated Joint Replacement Center, trauma and emergency services, The Birth Place, Primary Stroke Center, Cardiology Services and more. For more than 135 years, the hospital has been known for providing exceptional service and leading edge treatments and technologies by experienced and compassionate professionals with a commitment to uphold the highest quality of care. St. Mary-Corwin is part of Centura Health, connecting individuals, families and neighborhoods across Colorado and western Kansas with more than 6,000 physicians and 16,200 of the best hearts and minds in health care. Through our 15 hospitals, seven senior living communities, 17 health neighborhoods, home care and hospice services, we are making the regions best health care accessible and affordable in every community we serve. We believe you can inspire the people you care about to live healthier lives by encouraging them to do the little things that can make a big difference. For more information about St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center, visit www.stmarycorwin.org.

About URAC
URAC is a national accreditation leader, offering over 30 highly regarded accreditation programs that span the health care spectrum. Our programs are created and updated by independent industry-spanning experts to address the latest market trends and needs, exemplified by our recently launched Clinical Integration and Accountable Care Accreditation Programs. The nations leading Case Management Accreditor, URAC recently launched the enhanced Case Management Accreditation program which addresses the increased focus on improving care coordination across the evolving health care landscape. Our Health Plan Accreditation program carries HHS approval to accredit health plans on Exchanges in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. URACs accreditation programs are formally recognized by six federal agencies, as well as 48 states and the District of Columbia. For more information, visit www.urac.org, follow us on twitter, or visit our page on LinkedIn.

About The Leapfrog Group
The Leapfrog Group is a voluntary program aimed at mobilizing employer purchasing power to alert Americas health industry that big leaps in health care safety, quality and customer value will be recognized and rewarded. Among other initiatives, Leapfrog works with its employer members to encourage transparency and easy access to health care information as well as rewards for hospitals that have a proven record of high quality care. The Leapfrog Hospital Survey is the gold standard for comparing hospitals performance on the national standards of safety, quality, and efficiency that are most relevant to consumers and purchasers of care. For more information, visit http://www.leapfroggroup.org/.