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Monday, November 5, 2012, 5:00 am

Business News: Week of Nov. 5, 2012

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    Health Care

    Healthgrades, the leading provider of information to help consumers make informed decisions when selecting physicians or hospitals, recognized Healdsburg District Hospital and Sutter Medical Center of Santa Rosa in its American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2013: Healthgrades Report to the Nation. It evaluates solely clinical performance for about 4,500 hospitals nationwide across nearly 30 of the most common health conditions and treatment procedures. Healdsburg District Hospital’s Orthopedic Center of Excellence received another five-star designation for hip-fracture treatment, with Healthgrades’ finding the center among the best for that treatment. Five stars means patient outcomes were better than predicted. Sutter Medical Center Santa Rosa programs receiving five-star ratings were cardiac surgery (deemed the North’s based best), orthopedic, pulmonary, gastrointestinal, critical care, gynecologic surgery and women’s health programs received five-star ratings for valve surgery (a rating held from 2006–2013), treatment of heart attack, total hip replacement, treatment of pneumonia (2012–2013), treatment of gastrointestinal bleeding (2012–2013) and treatment of sepsis (2009–2013). The medical center received the Women’s Health Excellence Award for 2012, was ranked among the top 5 percent nationwide in women’s health also for 2012.

    Sonoma County residents and others who use local hospitals honored Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital as a 2012–2013 Consumer Choice Award winner for the Santa Rosa-area market, according to results of consumer surveys announced by National Research Corporation in the journal Modern Healthcare. Since it was established in 1996, the award has identified hospitals that healthcare consumers have chosen as having the highest quality and image in their markets. This marks the 16th time Santa Rosa Memorial has won. The hospital was among 297 honored in the country’s top 300 markets. National Research surveyed more than 250,000 households representing more than 450,000 consumers between Sept. 1, 2011, and Aug. 31, 2012.

    Technology

    Nearly 60 employees of the General Dynamics (NYSE: GD) development and production center in Healdsburg were recognized for their excellence and leadership in technology-related fields as part of the 17th annual Women of Color in Technology awards program, held in Dallas on Oct. 13. Sonya Sepahban, senior vice president for engineering development and technology for General Dynamics Land Systems, received the Technologist of the Year award. Neha Khanna, an electrical engineer with General Dynamics SATCOM Technologies, was recognized for outstanding technical contributions to the satellite telecommunications industry.

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