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Health system ranks among top 5 in US

April 25, 2016
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Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital was founded in 1873 and is part of the Spectrum Health Medical Center in downtown Grand Rapids. Courtesy Spectrum Health

A local health system is considered one of the top five large health systems in the nation.

Spectrum Health of Grand Rapids said today that Truven Health Analytics, an IBM Company, recognizes it among the select group of large systems — defined by operating expenses of greater than $1.75 billion — in its study of the “15 Top Health Systems” for its performance in the areas of quality, safety and patient satisfaction. Medium and small systems are also recognized in the study.

This year’s study included 338 health systems with 2,912 hospitals.

The top 15 health systems were announced in the April 25 edition of Modern Healthcare magazine.

This is the fifth time since 2010 that Spectrum Health has received this honor.

"Spectrum Health is honored to be recognized as one of the top five large health systems in the country,” said Richard Breon, president and CEO, Spectrum Health.

He said the recognition is a reflection of the integrated work Spectrum’s hospitals, physicians and health plan are doing across the entire system to “improve the health of the communities we serve.”

"This year's health system winners are setting the national standard for higher quality, efficiency and patient perception of care, which together mean higher value for each community served,” said Jean Chenoweth, SVP for performance improvement and “100 Top Hospitals” programs, Truven Health Analytics.


The Truven Health Analytics “15 Top Health Systems” study evaluates performance in eight key areas: mortality; medical complications; patient safety; average length of stay; 30-day mortality rate; 30-day re-admission rate; adherence to clinical standards of care (evidence-based core measures published by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services); and HCAHPS patient survey score (part of a national initiative sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to measure the quality of care in hospitals).

Researchers analyzed public data from the Medicare Provider Analysis and Review, or MedPAR, dataset and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS, Hospital Compare datasets.

Key findings

The nation’s top-performing multi-hospital health systems have driven significant reductions in mortality, complications and emergency department wait times.

Better survival rates: The top-15 health systems experienced 2-percent fewer deaths than non-winning peer-group hospitals

Lower 30-day mortality rates: Winning systems’ 30-day mortality rates were lower than peer systems, and smaller-sized winning systems outperformed their peers by the widest margin.

Fewer complications: Patients of the winning health systems had 3-percent fewer complications than patients in other systems.

Shorter hospital stays: Patients treated in the winning system hospitals had a median average length of stay of 4.5 days, over half a day shorter than their peers’ median of 5 days.

Better patient safety and core measure adherence: The top health systems had 8-percent fewer adverse patient safety events than expected, given the case mix of the particular hospital, and had better adherence to core measures of care than their peers.

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