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15 Highest-Performing Hospital Systems Improve Quality, and Achieve Higher Survival Rates and Fewer Complications

Ann Arbor, MI, Apr. 21, 2014 — Truven Health Analytics™ today released its sixth annual study identifying the top U.S. health systems based on balanced, system wide clinical performance. The winning hospitals were announced in the April 21st edition of Modern Healthcare magazine.

The Truven Health 15 Top Health Systems study analyzed data from more than 300 organizations and singled out 15 hospital systems that achieved superior clinical outcomes based on a composite score of eight measures of quality, patient perception of care and efficiency. The 15 Top Health Systems study is part of the esteemed 100 Top Hospitals® program at Truven Health Analytics.

"This year's health system winners are setting the national standard for higher quality, efficiency and patient perception of care, which together mean higher value for each community served, ” said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president for performance improvement and 100 Top Hospitals® programs at Truven Health Analytics. "These systems have strong leadership and clinical excellence. And they are, or stand to become, outstanding partners with employers and other stakeholders in setting goals for improving community health.”

Among the key findings in the study were the following:

    Better Survival Rates: The winning 15 top health systems experienced 2 percent fewer deaths than non-winning peer-hospital groups.
    Lower 30-Day Mortality Rates: Winning systems’ 30-day mortality rates were lower than peer systems’, and smaller-sized winning systems outperformed their peers by the widest margin.
    Fewer Complications: Patients of the winning health systems had 3 percent fewer complications than patients in other systems.
    Shorter Hospital Stays: Patients treated in the winning system hospitals had a median average length of stay of 4.5 days, over half a day shorter than their peers’ median of 5.0 days.
    Better Patient Safety and Core Measure Adherence: The top health systems had 8 percent fewer adverse patient safety events than expected, given the case mix of the particular hospital, and had better adherence to core measures of care than their peers.
The study divides the top health systems into three comparison groups based on total operating expense of the member hospitals. The 2014 winners are as follows:

Large Health Systems (more than $1.5 billion in total operating expense)

    Advocate Health Care, Downers Grove, IL
    May Foundation, Rochester, MN
    OhioHealth, Columbus, OH
    Scripps Health, San Diego, CA
    Spectrum Health, Grand Rapids, MI
Medium Health Systems ($750 million – $1.5 billion)

    Alegent Creighton Health, Omaha, NE
    Mercy Health Southwest Ohio Region, Cincinnati, OH
    Mission Health, Asheville, NC
    St. Luke’s Health System, Boise, ID
    Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region, Sacramento, CA
Small Health Systems (less than $750 million)

    Asante, Medford, OR
    HealthEast Care System, Saint Paul, MN
    Roper St. Francis Healthcare, Charleston, SC
    Saint Joseph Regional Health System, Mishawaka, IN
    Tanner Health System, Carrolton, GA
To see a list of previous winners, please visit 100tophospitals.com.

U.S. health systems with two or more short-term, general, nonfederal hospitals; cardiac, orthopedic and women’s hospitals; and critical-access hospitals were assessed in the study. Researchers looked at eight metrics that gauge clinical quality and efficiency: mortality, medical complications, patient safety, average length of stay, 30-day mortality rate, 30-day readmission rate, adherence to clinical standards of care (evidence-based core measures published by the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, or CMS), and HCAHPS patient survey score. HCAHPS stands for the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems, a part of a national initiative sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to measure the quality of care in hospitals.

The study relied on public data from the 2011 and 2012 Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) data and the CMS Hospital Compare datasets.

Researchers from the Truven Health 100 Top Hospitals program have analyzed and reported on the performance of individual hospitals since 1993.

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
For Truven Health Analytics
J. Roderick, Inc. Public Relations