15 hospital systems top chart for quality

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Fifteen hospital systems won accolades for achieving top quality care and improved outcomes in an analysis that scrutinized more than 300 health organizations. Cincinnati led the pack, claiming two of the 15 awards.

Now in its fifth year, Truven Health Analytics released its annual 15 Top Health Systems awards on April 15. The analysis was based on eight metrics—mortality, medical complications, patient safety, average length of stay, 30-day mortality rate, 30-day readmission rate, adherence to clinical standards of care and patient survey score—in U.S. health systems with two or more short-term, general, nonfederal hospitals; cardiac, orthopedic and women’s hospitals; and critical access hospitals.

The study used data from the 2010 and 2011 the Medicare Provider Analysis and Review and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Hospital Compare.

Overall, the winners achieved 3.4 percent fewer deaths, 3 percent fewer complications, more than a half day shorter length of stay and 7 percent fewer adverse patient safety events than their peers.  

The study placed winners in one of three categories, based total operating costs. The winners are:

Large (more than $1.5 billion total operating expense)

  • Advocate Health Care, Oak Brook, Ill.
  • Banner Health, Phoenix
  • Memorial Hermann Health System, Houston
  • OhioHealth, Columbus, Ohio
  • Scripps Health, San Diego

Medium ($750 million to$1.5 billion)

  • Alegent Creighton Health, Omaha, Neb.
  • Exempla Healthcare, Denver
  • Mission Health, Asheville, N.C.
  • Prime Healthcare Services, Ontario, Calif.
  • TriHealth, Cincinnati

Small (less than $750 million)

  • Asante, Medford, Ore.
  • Cape Cod Healthcare, Hyannis, Mass.
  • Mercy Health Southwest Ohio Region, Cincinnati
  • Poudre Valley Health System, Fort Collins, Colo.
  • Roper St. Francis Healthcare, Charleston, S.C.