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West Michigan hospitals rank among '100 Top Hospitals' in US

March 2, 2016
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Four West Michigan hospitals have earned a spot among the “100 Top Hospitals” in the country.

Truven Health Analytics announced this week its annual ranking of the country’s top hospitals, and Mercy Health Saint Mary’s in Grand Rapids, Spectrum Health Medical Center in Grand Rapids, Holland Hospital and Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital are recognized in the ranking.

Hospitals are included in the ranking based on their overall organizational performance.

Based on this year’s study, Truven Health found the top-performing hospitals in the country had lower 30-day mortality and re-admission rates, fewer complications and higher survival rates, while maintaining three percent lower inpatient costs per beneficiary than non-winning peer group hospitals.

The study also found a year-over-year decline in inpatient expense per discharge among winning hospitals in the major teaching, teaching and small community hospital categories.

Jean Chenoweth, SVP at Truven Health Analytics, said many of the 2016 award winners “are breaking the mold for high performance.”

She noted that hospitals in three out of the five hospital categories “actually reduced overall expense year over year, while improving patient outcomes.”

To conduct the “100 Top Hospitals” study, Truven Health researchers evaluated 3,000 short-term, acute care and non-federal hospitals.

They used information from Medicare cost reports and Medicare Provider Analysis and Review data, as well as core measures and patient satisfaction data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Hospital Compare website.

The annual study evaluates clinical and operational performance in 11 areas: inpatient mortality; 30-day mortality rate; complications; core measures; 30 day risk-adjusted re-admission rate; severity-adjusted average length of stay; mean emergency room throughput; inpatient expense per discharge; Medicare spend per beneficiary; adjusted operating profit margin; and Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems score.

The study has been conducted annually since 1993.

“100 Top Hospitals” highlights

Better survival rates: 23 percent fewer deaths than expected, considering patient severity

Fewer patient complications: 21 percent fewer complications than expected, considering patient severity

Lower 30-day mortality and re-admission rates: mean 30-day mortality and re-admission rates were lower at winning hospitals than non-winning hospitals across all comparison groups

Shorter length of stay: median severity-adjusted length of stay was a half-day shorter than peers

Higher operating profit margins: median operating profit margin nearly nine percentage points higher than non-winning hospitals

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