Thomson Reuters Top 100 Hospitals® features four area hospitals among nation’s dozen elite
Thomson Reuters recently released the 100 Top Hospitals in the United States for 2012, with four Florida hospitals achieving elite Everest ranking, which honors only a dozen of the nation’s medical facilities that have achieved both the highest current performance and the fastest long-term improvement over five years.
Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota
Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater
Doctors Hospital of Sarasota in Sarasota
Delray Medical Center in Delray Beach
Since 1993, Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals® has based its ranking on superior clinical outcomes and overall operational performance.
“We’re thrilled to bring this prestigious award to the Sarasota community,” said Robert Meade, CEO of Doctors Hospital of Sarasota, a 155-bed acute care HCA facility. “We’re proud to be recognized again for our continual improvement and high standards of patient care and satisfaction.”
To be named among the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals is a unique honor because the study takes into account all aspects of organizational performance, including patient care, efficiency and financial stability. The annual benchmark study evaluates 10 measures of hospital performance – 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.
Results are based on independent public information: Medicare cost reports, Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) data, and core measures and patient satisfaction data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare website. Hospitals may not apply or acquire recognition; neither can they opt out of the study.
“Receiving such a prominent award is an honor – only 100 hospitals, less than 2 percent – make this prestigious list,” said Gwen MacKenzie, president and CEO of Sarasota Memorial Health Care System. “It’s truly a testament to the dedication and outstanding performance of not only the doctors and nurses caring for our patients, but also the many clinicians and non-clinical staff who support that care.”
The study compared nearly 3,000 U.S. hospitals treating a broad spectrum of patients. The hospitals are compared to peers of similar size, and winners are listed in five categories: two groups of teaching hospitals and three groups of community hospitals based on size/bed count.
“This recognition is a reflection of the commitment and hard work by our teams of physicians, nurses and volunteers at our hospitals to provide quality care to our patients,” said Glenn Waters, president of Morton Plant Mease. “We’re pleased to make the national study list once again and continue to do our best for our patients of our communities.”
Based on comparisons between the study winners and a peer group of similar high-volume hospitals that were not winners, if all Medicare inpatients received the same level of care as those treated in the award-winning facilities:
More than 186,000 additional lives would be saved each year. Top 100 winners have 5 percent fewer deaths than expected, while non-winning peer hospitals had only 1 percent fewer deaths than expected.
Approximately 56,000 patients could be complication-free. Again, 100 top hospitals had 5 percent fewer complications than expected, compared to 1 percent of peer hospitals not on the list.
More than $4.3 billion could be saved. The typical winning hospital charges $464 less per discharge than non-winners. In fact, of all the hospital comparison groups, large community hospitals had the lowest expenses and outperformed peers by one of the widest margins.
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, said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president for performance improvement and 100 Top Hospitals program at Thomson Reuters.