Four Allina Health hospitals made the lists of the nation's 100 Top Hospitals® by Truven Health Analytics, a leading provider of data-driven analytics and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare.
Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis is a 100 Top teaching hospital for a second time. Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids is a 100 Top large community hospital for a fourth time. St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Shakopee and Buffalo Hospital in Buffalo are 100 Top small community hospitals for the second and fourth times.
Recently, Mercy's Heart & Vascular Center was named a 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospital® by Truven for the ninth time. That study evaluates performance in key performance areas: risk-adjusted mortality, risk-adjusted complications, core measures (a group of measures that assess process of care), percentage of coronary bypass patients with internal mammary artery use, 30-day mortality rates, 30-day readmission rates, severity-adjusted average length of stay, and wage- and severity-adjusted average cost.
The Top Hospitals® study identifies hospitals and leadership teams that provide the highest level of value to their communities, based on a national balanced scorecard. The scorecard measures overall organizational performance across 11 key analytic measures including patient care, operational efficiency and financial stability. The study has been conducted annually since 1993.
To conduct the 100 Top Hospitals study, Truven Health researchers evaluated close to 3,000 short-term, acute-care, nonfederal hospitals. Risk-adjusted methodologies were used to analyze public information—Medicare cost reports, Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MEDPAR) data, and core measures and patient satisfaction data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare reports. Hospitals do not apply, and winners do not pay to market this honor.
"This year's 100 Top Hospitals represent the highest national standards in hospital care and management today. They set the benchmarks for peers around the country to follow—consistently delivering outstanding quality of care, satisfaction and community value at a reasonable cost," said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president for performance improvement and the 100 Top Hospitals program at Truven Health Analytics.
"The majority of the 2015 award winners have produced year-to-year performance improvement, as well. This speaks to the consistent focus on excellence by the entire organization and the men and women who serve patients," Chenoweth said.
The study shows that if all hospitals in the U.S. performed at the level of this year's winners:
- 126,471 additional lives could be saved
- 108,926 additional patients could be complication-free
- $1.8 billion in inpatient costs could be saved
- The average patient stay would decrease by half a day
- Episode-of-illness expense would be two percent lower than the peer average
More information on this study and other 100 Top Hospitals research is available at 100tophospitals.com.