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Holland Hospital and Spectrum Health United Hospital make Top 100 list

February 26, 2013
| By Pete Daly |
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Holland Hospital and Spectrum Health United Hospital make list of Top 100 hospitals
Holland Hospital serves communities in Ottawa and Allegan counties with its 189 bed main campus and off-site locations. Photo via fb.com

Holland Hospital and Spectrum Health United Hospital in Greenville are on the list of Top 100 U.S. Hospitals compiled by Truven Health Analytics, formerly the health care information business of Thomson Reuters.

The 20th annual study released yesterday identifies the 100 top U.S. hospitals based on their overall organizational performance.

Four of the top 100 are in southeast Michigan, including the University of Michigan Hospitals & Health Centers in Ann Arbor, which also is among the 16 Everest Award winners selected this year by Truven Health Analytics. The Everest Award winners program is now in its fifth year, recognizing those hospitals with the greatest rate of improvement over five years.

Lakeland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph is also among the Top 100.

The Top 100 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 heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia.

“The winners of the 100 Top Hospitals award have driven the national benchmarks higher every year for 20 years," said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president at Truven Health Analytics. "The key to success in a tumultuous environment is visionary leadership that develops and maintains a hospital-wide culture of excellence that cuts across everything, from patient care to housekeeping to administration. These leaders continue to demonstrate their vision of excellence when it comes to adopting new technologies and techniques.”

Truven Health researchers evaluated 2,922 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, and winners do not pay to market the designation.

Based on the results of this year’s study, if all Medicare inpatients received the same level of care as those treated in the award-winning facilities, patient and organizational results would change.

  • More than 164,000 additional lives could be saved
  • Nearly 82,000 additional patients could be complication free
  • $6 billion could be saved
  • The average patient stay would decrease by half a day

If the same standards were applied to all inpatients, the impact would be even greater.

Truven Health Analytics provides unbiased information, analytic tools, benchmarks and services to the health care industry.

Truven Health Analytics also owns Micromedex, Action OI and Advantage Suite and employs approximately 2,000 people worldwide. Its principal offices are in Ann Arbor, Chicago and Denver.

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