Thomson Reuters has released its annual study identifying the 100 best U.S. hospitals based on overall organizational performance.
The Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals study evaluates performance in 10 areas: mortality, medical complications, patient safety, average patient stay, expenses, profitability, patient satisfaction, adherence to clinical standards of care, post-discharge mortality and readmission rates for acute myocardial infarction, heart failure and pneumonia. The study has been conducted annually since 1993.
For the fourth year, Thomson Reuters has also recognized 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, 12 hospitals received the Everest designation: Banner Boswell Medical Center, Sun City, Ariz.; UC San Diego Medical Center-Hillcrest; French Hospital Medical Center, San Luis Obispo, Calif.; Sarasota (Fla.) Memorial Hospital; Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater, Fla.; Doctors Hospital of Sarasota (Fla.); Delray Medical Center, Delray Beach, Fla.; Ochsner Medical Center, New Orleans; St. Joseph Health System, Tawas City, Mich.; Clara Maass Medical Center, Belleville, N.J.; Augusta Health, Fishersville, Va.; and Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital, Richmond, Va.
To conduct the 100 Top Hospitals study, researchers evaluated 2,886 short-term, acute-care, non-federal hospitals. They used public information: Medicare cost reports, Medicare Provider Analysis and Review data and core measures and patient satisfaction data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' Hospital Compare website. Hospitals do not apply for the award, and winners do not pay to market the honor.
If all Medicare inpatients received the same level of care as those treated in the award-winning facilities, according to the study, more than 186,000 additional lives could be saved; approximately 56,000 additional patients could be complication-free; more than $4.3 billion could be saved; and the average patient stay would decrease by nearly half a day.
To view the full list, visit www.100tophospitals.com/top-national-hospitals.