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Truven Health Analytics Announces 100 Top Hospitals Award Winners for 2015

Top U.S. Facilities Achieve Lower Mortality Rates, Fewer Complications, Shorter Patient Stays, and Reduced Readmission Rates

Ann Arbor, MI, Mar. 02, 2015 — Truven Health Analytics™ today released its annual study identifying the 100 top U.S. hospitals based on their overall organizational performance.

The study found that the 100 Top Hospitals® have roughly a half-day shorter patient length of stay, 4 percent fewer complications, and 5.9 percent lower risk-adjusted mortality rates. The winners also performed better than peer-group hospitals on 30-day readmissions for heart failure, heart attack and other conditions. On a regional basis, 14 of this year’s 100 Top Hospitals were based in California, more than from any other state. Ohio and Illinois had the second-largest number of hospitals on the list, with 10 each.

Based on the results of this year’s study, if all Medicare inpatients received the same level of care as those treated in the award-winning facilities:

  • Nearly 126, 500 additional lives could be saved
  • $1.8 billion in inpatient costs could be saved
  • Nearly 109, 000 additional patients could be complication-free
  • The average patient stay would decrease by half a day
  • Episode of illness expense would be 2 percent lower than the peer average
If the same standards were applied to all inpatients, the impact would be even greater.

“The 2015 100 Top study results have identified 100 hospitals that have been objectively proven to provide high value to their communities. Employers and payers are increasingly seeking network hospitals that consistently provide high value — hospitals that deliver higher quality, higher satisfaction and lower cost, ” said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president, 100 Top Hospitals Programs at Truven Health Analytics. “The 100 Top Hospitals study is designed to identify highly effective leadership teams that have achieved high performance across the whole hospital’s balanced performance clinically, operationally and financially, and have generated high patient perception of care.”

The Truven Health 100 Top Hospitals® is the most comprehensive, rigorous study of its kind, incorporating public data; proprietary, risk-adjusted and peer-reviewed methodologies; and key performance metrics to arrive at an objective balanced scorecard measuring current performance and long-term improvement. It evaluates performance in 11 areas: mortality; medical complications; patient safety; average patient stay; expenses; profitability; patient satisfaction; adherence to clinical standards of care; and post-discharge mortality and readmission rates for acute myocardial infarction (heart attack), heart failure, pneumonia; and new for this year, Medicare Spend per Beneficiary (Medicare Spend). The addition of Medicare Spend leverages CMS data to evaluate the cost incurred for an episode of care across settings pre- and post-discharge for Medicare patients. The study has been conducted annually since 1993.

For the seventh year, Truven Health Analytics is also recognizing the 100 Top Hospitals Everest Award winners — those hospitals among the 100 winners that delivered the greatest rate of improvement over five years. This year, there are 17 Everest Award winners.

“These 100 Top Hospitals are proving once again that it is possible to improve quality while operating their organizations more efficiently, ” said Mike Boswood, president and CEO of Truven Health Analytics. “All the key measures of hospital performance – patient mortality rates, complications, length of stay, readmissions and financial performance – are improving measurably among these industry leaders, despite the challenges of healthcare reform and an aging population. We salute the 100 Top Hospitals as the pinnacle of healthcare delivery in this country.”

To conduct the 100 Top Hospitals study, Truven Health researchers evaluated 3, 000 short-term, acute-care, non-federal hospitals. They used public information — Medicare cost reports, Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) data, and core measures and patient satisfaction data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare website. Hospitals do not apply, and winners do not pay to market this honor.

For 22 years, the 100 Top Hospitals program has collaborated with top academics to uncover the impact organizational leadership has on the performance and best practices within the nation’s top healthcare organizations. The quantitative study is also unique in that it evaluates hospitals on measures of overall organizational performance combined with long-term rates of improvement. The measures are equally weighted and hospitals are only compared against similar facilities in terms of size and teaching status. The study criteria and methodologies have set the standard for objective quality evaluation of acute care hospitals, as illustrated by its selection by the U.S. National Institute for Standards and Technology to validate performance of Baldridge Award winners.

For more information, please visit www.100tophospitals.com.

Following are the winning hospitals, by category, with Everest Award winners indicated by asterisks.

Major Teaching Hospitals

Advocate Christ Medical Center – Oak Lawn, IL
Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center – Chicago, IL
Advocate Lutheran General Hospital – Park Ridge, IL
Christiana Care Health System – Newark, DE *
Duke University Hospital – Durham, NC
Emory University Hospital – Atlanta, GA
Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, WI
OhioHealth Doctors Hospital – Columbus, OH *
Providence Hospital and Medical Center – Southfield, MI *
Rush University Medical Center – Chicago, IL
St. Joseph Mercy Hospital – Ann Arbor, MI
St. Luke's University Hospital – Bethlehem – Bethlehem, PA
Stanford Hospital – Stanford, CA
UC San Diego Medical Center – San Diego, CA
University of Michigan Hospitals & Health Centers – Ann Arbor, MI

Teaching Hospitals

Abbott Northwestern Hospital – Minneapolis, MN
Aspirus Wausau Hospital – Wausau, WI *
Banner Boswell Medical Center – Sun City, AZ *
Billings Clinic Hospital – Billings, MT
Kettering Medical Center – Kettering, OH
LDS Hospital – Salt Lake City, UT
McKay-Dee Hospital Center – Ogden, UT
Mercy Medical Center – Cedar Rapids, IA
Meriter Hospital – Madison, WI
Mission Hospital – Asheville, NC
North Colorado Medical Center – Greeley, CO
OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital – Columbus, OH *
PIH Health Hospital – Whittier, CA
Poudre Valley Hospital – Fort Collins, CO
Riverside Medical Center – Kankakee, IL
Rose Medical Center – Denver, CO
Saint Thomas West Hospital – Nashville, TN
Saint Vincent Hospital – Worcester, MA
Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center – Scottsdale, AZ
Scripps Green Hospital – La Jolla, CA
St. Cloud Hospital – St. Cloud, MN
St. Luke's Hospital – Cedar Rapids, IA
St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital – Indianapolis, IN
Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento – Sacramento, CA *
Virginia Hospital Center – Arlington, VA

Large Community Hospitals

Advocate Condell Medical Center – Libertyville, IL *
Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital – Downers Grove, IL
Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center – Medford, OR
Beverly Hospital – Beverly, MA
Centinela Hospital Medical Center – Inglewood, CA
Central DuPage Hospital – Winfield, IL
Delray Medical Center – Delray Beach, FL *
Hamilton Medical Center – Dalton, GA *
Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital – Houston, TX
Little Company of Mary Hospital – Evergreen Park, IL *
Mercy Hospital – Coon Rapids, MN
Mercy Hospital Springfield – Springfield, MO
Mosaic Life Care – Saint Joseph, MO *
Paradise Valley Hospital – National City, CA
Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center – Torrance, CA
Roper Hospital – Charleston, SC
St. David's Medical Center – Austin, TX
St. Francis Downtown – Greenville, SC
Stormont-Vail HealthCare – Topeka, KS
West Florida Hospital – Pensacola, FL

Medium Community Hospitals

Aurora BayCare Medical Center – Green Bay, WI
Blanchard Valley Hospital – Findlay, OH
Chino Valley Medical Center – Chino, CA
Desert Valley Hospital – Victorville, CA
Dupont Hospital – Fort Wayne, IN
French Hospital Medical Center – San Luis Obispo, CA
Garden Grove Hospital Medical Center – Garden Grove, CA
Holland Hospital – Holland, MI
Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital – Sugar Land, TX *
Lawrence Memorial Hospital – Lawrence, KS
Logan Regional Hospital – Logan, UT
Maple Grove Hospital – Maple Grove, MN
Mercy Hospital Anderson – Cincinnati, OH *
Shasta Regional Medical Center – Redding, CA
St. David's Round Rock Medical Center – Round Rock, TX
St. John Medical Center – Westlake, OH
St. Vincent Carmel Hospital – Carmel, IN
Sycamore Medical Center – Miamisburg, OH
Timpanogos Regional Hospital – Orem, UT
West Valley Medical Center – Caldwell, ID

Small Community Hospitals

Aurora Medical Center Oshkosh – Oshkosh, WI
Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital – Saint Louis, MO
Buffalo Hospital – Buffalo, MN
Fort Madison Community Hospital – Fort Madison, IA *
Greer Memorial Hospital – Greer, SC *
Hill Country Memorial Hospital – Fredericksburg, TX
Lakeview Hospital – Bountiful, UT
Mercy Defiance Hospital – Defiance, OH
OhioHealth Dublin Methodist Hospital – Dublin, OH
Parkview Huntington Hospital – Huntington, IN
Renown South Meadows Medical Center – Reno, NV *
Riverton Hospital – Riverton, UT
Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast – Miramar Beach, FL
Samaritan Regional Health System – Ashland, OH
St. Francis Regional Medical Center – Shakopee, MN
St. Joseph's Hospital Breese – Breese, IL *
Sutter Tracy Community Hospital – Tracy, CA
Tanner Medical Center-Villa Rica – Villa Rica, GA
Valley View Medical Center – Cedar City, UT
Woodwinds Health Campus – Woodbury, MN

About the 100 Top Hospitals Report

The 100 Top Hospitals report is published annually in March, and is available at 100tophospitals.com. Hospitals may also request customized benchmark reports and comparative analysis on the 100 Top Hospitals by contacting 800-525-9083, option 4, or by visiting 100tophospitals.com. Learn more about new metrics in consideration for 2016, including expanded core measures and 30-day extended outcomes measures.

About the Truven Health 100 Top Hospitals® Program

Since 1993, the Truven Health 100 Top Hospitals program has used independent and objective research to guide hospital and health system performance. Organizations do not apply or pay for this honor, or pay to promote their award. Award-winning hospitals and health systems prove that better care is possible and provide an example for other organizations to follow across the industry. The 100 Top Hospitals award winners demonstrate top performance on both how patients are cared for through clinical measures and how the hospital performs as an efficient business. 100 Top Hospitals is a registered trademark of Truven Health Analytics. Visit 100tophospitals.com for more information.

About Truven Health Analytics, part of the IBM Watson Health Business

Truven Health Analytics®, part of the IBM Watson Health™ business, provides market-leading performance improvement solutions built on data integrity, advanced analytics and domain expertise. For more than 40 years, our insights and solutions have been providing hospitals and clinicians, employers and health plans, state and federal government agencies, life sciences companies and policymakers, the facts they need to make confident decisions that directly affect the health and well-being of people and organizations in the US and around the world. The company was acquired by IBM in 2016 to help form a new business, Watson Health. Watson Health aspires to improve lives and give hope by delivering innovation to address the world’s most pressing health challenges through data and cognitive insights.

Truven Health Analytics owns some of the most trusted brands in healthcare, such as MarketScan®, 100 Top Hospitals®, Advantage Suite®, Micromedex®, Simpler® and ActionOI®. Truven Health has its principal offices in Ann Arbor, MI, Chicago, IL, and Denver, CO.


Brian Erni
J. Roderick, Inc., for Truven Health Analytics