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Truven Health Analytics Announces 100 Top Hospitals Award Winners

For first time in its 23-year history, study sees trend toward reduced expense per patient among majority of top-performing hospitals

Ann Arbor, MI, Feb. 29, 2016 — Truven Health Analytics™ released its annual study identifying the 100 top U.S. hospitals based on their overall organizational performance. The study found that the top performing hospitals in the country were able to improve outcomes while reducing overall expense per patient. This was the first time in the study’s 23-year history that a notable trend toward reduced expense per patient was observed among the majority of top-performing hospitals.

Overall, the Truven Health 100 Top Hospitals® study found that the top performing hospitals in the country had lower 30-day mortality and readmission rates, fewer complications and higher survival rates, while maintaining three percent lower inpatient costs per beneficiary than non-winning peer group hospitals. The study also found a year-over-year decline in total inpatient expense per discharge among winning hospitals in the major teaching, teaching and small community hospital categories.

“Many of the 2016 100 Top Hospitals award winners are breaking the mold for high performance. Hospitals in three out of the five hospital categories actually reduced overall expense year over year, while improving patient outcomes, ” said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president at Truven Health Analytics. “Some of these hospitals also show a small degradation of operating profit margin. Hopefully this is not an indicator of a developing trend.”

Following were the key performance benchmarks for 100 Top Hospitals award winners when compared with their peers:

  • Better Survival Rates: As a group, 100 Top Hospitals had 23 percent fewer deaths than expected considering patient severity.

  • Fewer Patient Complications: Patients at winning hospitals had 21 percent fewer complications than expected considering patient severity.

  • Lower 30-Day Mortality and Readmission Rates: Mean 30 day mortality and readmission rates were lower at winning hospitals than non-winning hospitals across all comparison groups.

  • Shorter Length of Stay: Winning hospitals had a median severity-adjusted length of stay that was a half-day shorter than peers.

  • Higher Profit Overall Margins: Winning hospitals had a median operating profit margin that was nearly nine percentage points higher than non-winning hospitals.

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:
* More than 104, 000 additional lives could be saved.
* Nearly 48, 400 additional patients could be complication free.
* $2 billion in inpatient costs could be saved.
* The average patient stay would decrease by half a day.

If the same standards were applied to all inpatient care, the impact would be even greater.

The Truven Health 100 Top Hospitals is the most comprehensive and academically-driven study of its kind. It evaluates clinical and operational performance in 11 areas, addressing: inpatient mortality; 30-day mortality rate; complications; core measures; 30-day risk-adjusted readmission rate; severity-adjusted average length of stay; mean emergency room throughput; inpatient expense per discharge; Medicare spend per beneficiary; adjusted operating profit margin; and Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) score (patient rating of overall hospital performance). The study has been conducted annually since 1993.

For the eighth 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.

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 more information, visit www.100tophospitals.com.

Here are the winning hospitals, by category, with asterisks indicating the Everest Award winners:

Major Teaching Hospitals
Advocate Lutheran General Hospital – Park Ridge, IL
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center – Los Angeles, CA
Christiana Care Health System – Newark, DE*
Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, WI
Houston Methodist Hospital – Houston, TX
NorthShore University HealthSystem – Evanston, IL
NYU Langone Medical Center – New York, NY
OhioHealth Doctors Hospital – Columbus, OH
Providence-Providence Park Hospital – Southfield, MI
Rush University Medical Center – Chicago, IL
St. Joseph Mercy Hospital – Ann Arbor, MI*
St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center – Phoenix, AZ
St. Luke's University Hospital - Bethlehem – Bethlehem, PA
University of Colorado Hospital – Aurora, CO
University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics – Iowa City, IA*

Teaching Hospitals
Aspirus Wausau Hospital – Wausau, WI
Bethesda North Hospital – Cincinnati, OH
BSA Health System – Amarillo, TX
Carolinas Medical Center-Mercy – Charlotte, NC
Good Samaritan Hospital – Cincinnati, OH*
Kendall Regional Medical Center – Miami, FL
Kettering Medical Center – Kettering, OH
LDS Hospital – Salt Lake City, UT
McKay-Dee Hospital – Ogden, UT
Mercy Health Saint Mary's – Grand Rapids, MI
Mercy Hospital St. Louis – St. Louis, MO
Mercy Medical Center – Cedar Rapids, IA
MidMichigan Medical Center-Midland – Midland, MI*
Park Nicolett Methodist Hospital – St. Louis Park, MN*
Parkview Regional Medical Center – Fort Wayne, IN
Poudre Valley Hospital – Fort Collins, CO
Riverside Medical Center – Kankakee, IL
Rose Medical Center – Denver, CO
Spectrum Health Medical Center – Grand Rapids, MI
St. Cloud Hospital – St. Cloud, MN
St. Luke's Boise Medical Center – Boise, ID
St. Mary's Hospital – Madison, WI
St. Vincent Healthcare – Billings, MT
The Christ Hospital Health Network – Cincinnati, OH
UnityPoint - Meriter Hospital – Madison, WI

Large Community Hospitals
Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital – Downers Grove, IL
Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center – Medford, OR
Billings Clinic Hospital – Billings, MT
Centinela Hospital Medical Center – Inglewood, CA
Edward Hospital – Naperville, IL
El Camino Hospital – Mountain View, CA*
EvergreenHealth Kirkland – Kirkland, WA
FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital – Pinehurst, NC
Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center – Daytona Beach, FL*
Franciscan St. Francis Health - Indianapolis – Indianapolis, IN
Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center – Houston, TX
Mercy Hospital – Coon Rapids, MN
Mosaic Life Care – St. Joseph, MO*
Mother Frances Hospital Tyler – Tyler, TX
Roper Hospital – Charleston, SC
Sarasota Memorial Hospital – Sarasota, FL
Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla – La Jolla, CA*
St. David's Medical Center – Austin, TX
West Florida Hospital – Pensacola, FL
West Georgia Medical Center – LaGrange, GA

Medium Community Hospitals
Alhambra Hospital Medical Center – Alhambra, CA
Aurora BayCare Medical Center – Green Bay, WI
Blanchard Valley Hospital – Findlay, OH
Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital – Charleston, SC*
Chino Valley Medical Center – Chino, CA
Clermont Hospital – Batavia, OH
Dupont Hospital – Fort Wayne, IN
French Hospital Medical Center – San Luis Obispo, CA
Holland Hospital – Holland, MI
Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital – Sugar Land, TX
Lawrence Memorial Hospital – Lawrence, KS
Logan Regional Hospital – Logan, UT
Mercy Iowa City – Iowa City, IA
Ochsner Medical Center - Baton Rouge – Baton Rouge, LA
Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center – Williamsburg, VA
Sherman Oaks Hospital – Sherman Oaks, CA
Sycamore Medical Center – Miamisburg, OH
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth – Fort Worth, TX*
Timpanogos Regional Hospital – Orem, UT
West Valley Medical Center – Caldwell, ID

Small Community Hospitals
Aurora Medical Center – Two Rivers, WI
Brigham City Community Hospital – Brigham City, UT
Fairview Northland Medical Center – Princeton, MN
Franklin Woods Community Hospital – Johnson City, TN*
Hawkins County Memorial Hospital – Rogersville, TN*
Hill Country Memorial Hospital – Fredericksburg, TX
HSHS St. Joseph's Hospital Breese – Breese, IL*
Kansas Medical Center – Andover, KS
Lakeview Hospital – Bountiful, UT
Lakeview Medical Center – Rice Lake, WI
Mercy Defiance Hospital – Defiance, OH*
Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers – Morris, IL
OhioHealth Dublin Methodist Hospital – Dublin, OH
Parkview Huntington Hospital – Huntington, IN
Pomerene Hospital – Millersburg, OH
Renown South Meadows Medical Center – Reno, NV*
Roper St. Francis Mount Pleasant Hospital – Mount Pleasant, SC
St. Luke's Hospital - Quakertown – Quakertown, PA
Waynesboro Hospital – Waynesboro, PA
Zeeland Community Hospital – Zeeland, MI

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.


Ariana Nikitas
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Brian Erni, for Truven Health Analytics
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