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Harrison Earns HealthGrades Cardiac Surgery Excellence Award - 10/16/2006

Harrison Medical Center’s Cardiac Surgery ranked No. 1 in Washington and Top 10 Percent Nationally in Independent Quality Study

Bremerton, WA-Harrison Medical Center announced today it ranks best in Washington for cardiac surgery according to a comprehensive study released by HealthGrades, the nation’s leading healthcare ratings company. The ranking places Harrison among the top 10 percent of all hospitals nationally for cardiac surgery.

With a 5-Star rating for clinical excellence, Harrison is also a recipient of the 2007 HealthGrades Cardiac Surgery Excellence Awardâ¢.

“To be among the nation’s top hospitals for cardiac surgery is indeed an honor, one that validates our commitment to provide the highest quality care for our patients,” said Harrison Medical Center CEO Scott W. Bosch. “Our heart team is renowned for their exceptional care-clinically and on a personal level-and it shows in our outcomes. Our community doesn’t have to leave home to get the best heart care.”

As part of its ninth annual Hospital Quality in America Study, HealthGrades independently analyzed more than 5,000 hospitals in all 50 states and the District of Columbia for its 2007 ratings, objectively assessing their clinical outcomes and quality. The 40 million hospitalization records utilized in the assessment are publicly available and licensed from the federal government’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The HealthGrades ratings take into account varying degrees of patient severity from hospital to hospital and measure whether patient outcomes for each of more than two dozen procedures and diagnoses are better than expected (5-Star), as expected (3-Star) or worse than expected (1-Star).

“Consumers continue to ask for more and better information to help them in their health care decision making,” said Samantha Collier, M.D., HealthGrades’ vice president of medical affairs. “Our analysis provides an apples-to-apples comparison of hospital performance by procedure or diagnosis, and it is evident there is significant variance between individual hospitals. For Harrison Medical Center to rank among the nation’s best reflects the efforts of everybody in the organization, and should be very comforting to area residents.”

The 2007 HealthGrades ratings for all hospitals nationwide are available, free of charge, on the organization’s award-winning consumer Web site, located at www.healthgrades.com. More than three million individuals and employees of 125 major employers and health plans visit HealthGrades each month to access quality information about hospitals, nursing homes and physicians. HealthGrades also provides consumers and payers with detailed assessments of hospitals’ patient-safety outcomes, based on indicators developed by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

About Harrison Medical Center

Harrison is a not-for-profit hospital and the region’s largest medical center, with three campuses in Bremerton, Silverdale, and Port Orchard serving the Kitsap and Olympic peninsulas. With 350 physicians representing 40 specialties, we offer medical and surgical services, and 24-hour emergency care at two sites. Harrison also serves as a regional center, providing specialized treatment in cardiology, including open-heart surgery; oncology; orthopedics; obstetrics and gynecology; and pediatrics. Harrison is a Level III Trauma Center.

About HealthGrades

HealthGrades (Nasdaq:HGRD) is the leading healthcare ratings company, providing ratings and profiles of hospitals, nursing homes and physicians to consumers, corporations, health plans and hospitals. Millions of consumers and hundreds of the nation’s largest employers, health plans and hospitals rely on HealthGrades’ independent ratings to make healthcare decisions based on the quality of care. More information on the company can be found at http://www.healthgrades.com.

HealthGrades contact: Scott Shapiro (720) 963-6584

sshapiro@healthgrades.com