Ministry Health Care Named One of Top 51 Health Care Systems in US

Ministry Health Care has been named one of the top 51 health care systems in the US for 2010 based on a report just released by Thomson Reuters and reported in Modern Healthcare magazine last week.

The report called 100 Top Hospitals: Health System Benchmark Study measured 255 health care organizations against a set of quality and performance standards that included:

  • Risk-adjusted mortality index
  • Risk-adjusted complications index
  • Risk-adjusted patient safety index
  • Core measures mean percent
  • 30-day risk-adjusted mortality rate
  • 30-day risk-adjusted readmission rate
  • Severity-adjusted average length of stay
  • HCAHPS score (patient rating of overall hospital performance)

To qualify, a health system has to have at least two short-term, general acute care hospitals. The study included nearly every system with valid 2007 and 2008 Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) and 2009 Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare data.

People who receive care in a top rated hospitals will experience significantly better care and outcomes including fewer mortalities, fewer complications, better patient safety, and return home sooner with a sorter time spent in the hospital. Overall care will lead to better long-term outcomes.

The Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals: Health System Benchmarks is an annual, quantitative study. With objective, independent research using public data sources, they identify the 10 health systems setting the highest benchmarks on a modified 100 Top Hospitals Balanced Scorecard focused on clinical quality and efficiency.

Ministry Health Care President and CEO Nick Desien stated that, “this achievement recognizes the work we do everyday all across central and northern Wisconsin to keep PATIENTS FIRST. Delivering the highest quality care and service is our goal in every patient experience.”

Keeping patients first is the every day goal for the over 11,500 employees of Ministry Health Care. Founded over 120 years ago by the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother to meet the health care needs of communities in the region, Ministry now sponsors 15 hospitals and over 40 clinics in communities throughout central and northern Wisconsin and eastern Minnesota.

The system provides primary and specialty medical services, as well as hospital, home health care, hospice, long-term care and dialysis services.

Ministry’s mission as a Catholic health care system is to further the healing ministry of Jesus by continually improving the health and well-being of all people, especially the poor, in the communities it serves.

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