Shorter hospital stays, fewer complications and better patient results are just a few metrics used to rank Mercy as one of the top five large health systems in the nation, alongside Mayo. The 2016 Truven Health 15 Top Health Systems, which includes five large, five medium and five small systems, analyzes 338 health systems and 2,912 hospitals across the U.S. Click here to find the listings.
“It’s an honor and no small feat to be recognized as one of the top systems in the nation for our quality efforts to provide better care and service to our patients,” said Dr. Keith Starke, an internal medicine physician for more than three decades and Mercy’s chief quality officer. “What we do every day can be the difference between life and death for our patients. It also impacts how long they stay within our walls and if they have any complications. It’s a job that’s never finished so we’re constantly working to improve patient care.”
Truven, an IBM company, produces the only study of its kind to combine rigorous analysis of individual hospital performance metrics into system-level data, identifies the best health systems in the nation. This annual, quantitative study uses objective, independent research and public data sources. Health systems do not apply for consideration, and winners do not pay to market their award.
Mercy, as well as Mayo and Scripps, outperformed peers in the following ways:
Some of the keys to improving patient care have included a decade of efforts made possible because of Mercy’s team, leading technology and best practices. Top of the list:
"Serving our patients extraordinarily well and providing better quality care is why we are here," said Lynn Britton, president and CEO of Mercy. "It's all about the patient at the beginning and end of every day."
In addition to this honor, Mercy has been in the national spotlight on many fronts in the past year:
Mercy was also recently:
Mercy, named one of the top five large U.S. health systems in 2017 by Truven, an IBM Watson Health company, serves millions annually. Mercy includes 43 acute care and specialty (heart, children’s, orthopedic and rehab) hospitals, more than 700 physician practices and outpatient facilities, 40,000 co-workers and more than 2,000 Mercy Clinic physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.