Weston, WI – Ministry Saint Clare’s Hospital this week was named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Truven Health Analytics formerly the healthcare business of Thomson Reuters. Truven Health Analytics is a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare.
Ministry Saint Clare’s earned Top 100 recognition for the first time, is the only hospital to make the Top 100 from central and northern Wisconsin and one of only four ranked in Wisconsin.
“This is a significant accomplishment made possible by the dedication and commitment of our physicians and staff,” said Ministry Saint Clare’s President Mary Krueger. “Our philosophy is to best utilize technology to compliment our bedside care in implementing best practices and evidence-based medical guidelines to improve our overall performance.”
The Truven Health 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 attack), heart failure, and pneumonia.
The study is celebrating its 20th year, and has been conducted annually since 1993. The winning hospitals were announced in the February 25 edition of Modern Healthcare magazine.
To conduct the 100 Top Hospitals study, Truven Health researchers evaluated nearly 3,000 short-term, acute care, non-federal hospitals. They used public information — Medicare cost reports, Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) data, 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.
“The winners of the 100 Top Hospitals award have driven the national benchmarks higher every year for 20 years. This year’s winners have brought even higher value to their local communities better quality, higher efficiency and high patient perceptions of care, while confronting the challenges of massive industry-wide transformation to implement healthcare reform, “said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president at Truven Health Analytics.
Truven reports that if all Medicare inpatients received the same level of care as those treated in the award-winning facilities:
•More than 164,000 additional lives could be saved.
•Approximately 82,000 additional patients could be complication free.
•$6 billion could be saved.
•The average patient stay would decrease by nearly half a day.
If the same standards were applied to all inpatients, the impact would be even greater. More information on this study and other 100 Top Hospitals research is available at 100tophospitals.com.