Free Hospital Mapping Service Now Available Online

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American Hospital Directory has enhanced its free online healthcare information service to provide mapping of hospital locations in the United States. Its site, http://www.ahd.com, now maps all of the hospitals in a geographic area, a unique feature designed to assist consumers, hospital analysts and others in the healthcare industry.

Though it is not intended for use in an emergency situation, it will prove to be extremely valuable as a reference to people needing information about hospitals in a specific geographic area.

Maps of hospital locations in the United States are now available online through American Hospital Directory, (http://www.ahd.com). The site's free mapping service pinpoints all hospital locations according to user-selected criteria such as ZIP code, city or state. Links from maps also provide access to comprehensive profiles of each hospital.

The maps, built on the Google Maps engine, include color coding to specify each hospital's facility type. Among the eight facility types are acute care, children's services and rehabilitation. Navigational tools allow users to zoom or reposition the maps as needed.

"We received numerous requests for mapping capabilities and are extremely enthusiastic about the new feature," said Paul Shoemaker, president and CEO of American Hospital Directory, Inc. "Though it is not intended for use in an emergency situation, it will prove to be extremely valuable as a reference to people needing information about hospitals in a specific geographic area."

Each hospital can be clicked to display information about that specific hospital - such as key operating statistics, financial data and utilization statistics. American Hospital Directory maintains an up-to-date database with the operating details of more than 6,000 U.S. hospitals. The company uses public and private sources, including Medicare claims data and hospital cost reports, to provide information on a hospital's clinical services, financial data, average costs and general characteristics.

The free mapping feature allows consumers to quickly view pinpointed hospital locations in the area of their choosing. Healthcare and medical sales professionals can better plan their schedules and become better acquainted with hospital performance metrics.

American Hospital Directory's subscription service allows its customers to create custom maps based on a more advanced search process. Subscribers can select hospitals based on size, volume, ownership, services provided and other criteria and then plot their locations Healthcare professionals should find this to be an invaluable service for competitive analysis, network development, strategic marketing/sales, and other important endeavors.

About American Hospital Directory
The American Hospital Directory (http://www.ahd.com) provides free online operating details of virtually every hospital in the United States. The online reports describe a hospital's general characteristics, services provided, financial information, volumes, average lengths of stay, average charges and more. Established in 1996, the free service is now provided to more than 10,000 users daily. Subscription and custom data services are also provided to those who need more detailed information. For more information, visit http://www.ahd.com.

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