February 27, 2013
Baptist Medical Center East has been named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Truven Health Analytics formerly the healthcare business of Thomson Reuters. Truven Health Analytics is a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare.
The Truven Health 100 Top Hospitals® 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 acute myocardial infarction (heart attack), heart failure, and pneumonia. The study is celebrating its 20th year, and has been conducted annually since 1993. This is third time Baptist East has been recognized with this honor. This is the second year Baptist East has been the only hospital in Alabama to receive this recognition.
"For Baptist East to be named as one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospital for a third time is truly an honor,” Peter Selman, CEO of Baptist East said. “We share this honor with our patients, their families, our entire staff, and the community we serve. It is a testament to the quality and dedication of our caregivers and the care they provide. It is this commitment that has fostered a culture of excellence and performance improvement that pervades every aspect of our organization."
To conduct the 100 Top Hospitals study, 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 (MedPAR) data, and core measures and patient satisfaction data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare website. Hospitals do not apply, and winners do not pay to market this honor.
The winning hospitals were announced in the February 25 edition of Modern Healthcare magazine.
"The winners of the 100 Top Hospitals award have driven the national benchmarks higher every year for 20 years. This year’s winners have brought even higher value to their local communities - better quality, higher efficiency and high patient perceptions of care, while confronting the challenges of massive industry-wide transformation to implement healthcare reform,” 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, and the refusal to rest on laurels when it comes to adopting new technologies and techniques. I congratulate this year’s winners for their persistent drive for excellence."
If all Medicare inpatients received the same level of care as those treated in the award-winning facilities:
If the same standards were applied to all inpatients, the impact would be even greater.
- More than 164,000 additional lives could be saved.
- Approximately 82,000 additional patients could be complication free.
- $6 billion could be saved.
- The average patient stay would decrease by nearly half a day.
More information on this study and other 100 Top Hospitals research is available at www.100tophospitals.com.