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Saint Alphonsus Medical Center - Ontario Named One of Nation's Best for Low Pneumonia Rates
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Saint Alphonsus Medical Center – Ontario Named One of
Nation's Best for Low Pneumonia Readmission Rates
Becker's Hospital Review and CMS recognize Ontario hospital 
for exceptionally low 30-day pneumonia readmission rate

Ontario, OR Saint Alphonsus Medical Center in Ontario has received commendation from the national healthcare industry publication Becker's Hospital Review and the Infection Control & Clinical Quality Review for achieving a low readmission rate of patients suffering from pneumonia.  Saint Alphonsus Medical Center – Ontario was one of only 64 hospitals recognized for their low pneumonia readmission rate.

"We are dedicated to providing world class care right here in Ontario," said Karl Keeler, CEO of Saint Alphonsus Medical Center – Ontario.  "We have excellent physicians and staff, and our low readmission rate is a testament to their tireless efforts in keeping the highest quality of care close to home for our patients."

The national average rate of 30-day readmission for pneumonia is 17.6 percent, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), while Saint Alphonsus Medical Center in Ontario measured at 14.9 percent. 

Rates of pneumonia readmission, as highlighted in Becker's Hospital Review, focus on patients that were hospitalized with pneumonia symptoms within 30 days of being initially discharged from the hospital for the same illness.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that around 900,000 Americans contract pneumonia each year – and of those, 5-7 percent of cases are fatal. 

About Saint Alphonsus Health System
As a faith-based Catholic ministry and not-for-profit health system, Saint Alphonsus Health System reinvests in the communities we serve, through charity care and other benefits. Our goal is to improve the health and well-being of people by emphasizing care that is patient-centered, physician-led, innovative and community-based.  Saint Alphonsus Health System serves the people of southwestern Idaho, eastern Oregon and northern Nevada through these facilities: Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center - Boise, ID; Saint Alphonsus Medical Center – Nampa, ID; Saint Alphonsus Medical Center – Ontario, OR; Saint Alphonsus Medical Center – Baker City, OR; and, Saint Alphonsus Medical Group with primary and specialty care providers at 58 clinic locations, all of which are members of the Saint Alphonsus Health Alliance, a network of over 1400 employed and independent providers.  To find out more go to: