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Truven announces its 100 top hospitals


Truven Health Analytics has released its 20th 100 Top Hospitals study, which uses public data sources to create an independent and objective assessment of hospitals with the best facility-wide performance.

The study, which only includes short-term, acute-care, non-federal U.S. hospital that treat a wide variety of patients, measures hospitals against facilities of similar size and teaching status.

The basis for the study is to helps the industry as a whole identify what puts these hospitals at the top of their field and what sets them apart from other facilities.

Study methodology

The study is based on the 100 Top Hospitals Balanced Scorecard, which consists of 10 measures across four domains — quality, efficiency, finance and consumer assessment of care. The hospitals that make the top 100 list have the highest ranking on a composite score of the following measures:

  1. Risk-adjusted mortality index (in-hospital)
  2. Risk-adjusted complications index
  3. Risk-adjusted patient safety index
  4. Core measures mean percent
  5. 30-day risk-adjusted mortality rates for acute myocardial infarction (AMI), heart failure and pneumonia
  6. 30-day risk-adjusted readmission rates for AMI, heart failure and pneumonia
  7. Severity-adjusted average length of stay
  8. Case mix- and wage-adjusted inpatient expense per discharge
  9. Adjusted operating profit margin, and
  10. Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey score.

Secrets unveiled

The 20 years of research that have gone into producing this study annually  have revealed qualities that set these facilities apart. Some of these qualities include:

  • demonstrating excellence across the entire organization — from excellent patient care to financial stability, and from patient care administration to housekeeping
  • not resting on their laurels by raising their standards every year
  • using advanced information technology processes, and
  • having strong leadership with common management approaches and goals.

Researchers have analyzed the data and determined that if all hospitals performed to the level of this year’s Top 100 facilities:

  • an addition 164,000 lives could be saved
  • $6 billion could be saved because nearly 82,000 additional patients would be complication-free, and
  • the average patient could be discharged half a day sooner.

These statics were only based on the Medicare inpatients that were included in the study over one year. You can just imagine what the results would be if all the inpatients in the study were included in this analysis.

Everest Award Winners

A special honor goes to 17 hospitals on the Top 100 List for being named Everest Award winners. This top award goes to facilities that are setting national benchmarks simultaneously for long-term improvement and top one-year performance by achieving both the highest highest current performance and the fastest long-term improvement over five years.

“By comparing individual hospital and health system performance with integrated national benchmarks for highest achievement and improvement, we provide unique new insights for making smarter decisions that will achieve their mission and consistently increase value to the community,” noted the study.

This year’s Everest Award winners are:

  • Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital, Downers Grove, IL
  • Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Chicago
  • Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge, IL
  • Allen Hospital, Waterloo, IA
  • Doctors Hospital of Sarasota, Sarasota, FL
  • Good Shepherd Medical Center, Longview, TX
  • Grant Medical Center, Columbus, OH
  • Lakeview Hospital, Bountiful, UT
  • Maury Regional Medical Center, Columbia, TN
  • McKay-Dee Hospital Center, Ogden, UT
  • Mease Countryside Hospital, Safety Harbor, FL
  • Mercy Hospital Grayling, Grayling, MI
  • Riverside Methodist Hospital, Columbus, OH
  • United Regional Health Care System, Wichita Falls, TX
  • University of Michigan Hospitals & Health Centers, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Virginia Hospital Center, Arlington, VA
  • Woodwinds Health Campus, Woodbury, MN

For a complete list of the 100 Top hospitals click here. For more information on the studies findings, click here.

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