July 6, 2010
Baptist Health was recently named in Thomson Reuters’ second annual 100 Top Hospitals: Health System Benchmarks Study identifying the top U.S. health systems based on their clinical performance and patient satisfaction.
This list of the 51 best-performing systems, based on the top quintile of 255 organizations analyzed, is published in Modern Healthcare with the top 10 systems highlighted. Baptist Health is the only Alabama health system listed and one of only five in the southeast.
Thomson Reuters ranked these health systems on measures of clinical quality and efficiency using data from two public databases: Medicare Provider Analysis and Review, or MedPAR, and the CMS' Hospital Compare. Researchers reviewed eight metrics of performance and found statistically significant differences between top and bottom performers that gauge clinical quality and efficiency. Among the key metrics were medical complications, patient safety, average length of stay, readmission rates and adherence to clinical standards of care based on measures published by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Also key to the assessment were results from a patient satisfaction survey sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that looked at quality of care in hospitals.
“We are proud to be honored as one of the top health systems in the country by Thomson Reuters,” said Baptist Health President & CEO Russell Tyner. “Being named among an elite group of health systems such as Mayo Foundation and Cleveland Clinic is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our outstanding physicians and staff. Organizationally, we are focused on delivering high quality healthcare while eliminating unnecessary expense and improving patient safety and satisfaction.”
All U.S. health systems with two or more short-term, general, non-federal hospitals were assessed for the 100 Top Hospitals: Health System Benchmarks Study.
The Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals program has analyzed and reported on the performance of U.S. hospitals since 1993. This study is the second that assesses the relative quality and efficiency of inpatient care by health systems as single entities.