ST. LOUIS – For the second consecutive year and the fifth time overall, Mercy Hospital St. Louis was named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Truven Health Analytics®, part of the IBM Watson HealthTM business. Hospitals do not apply, and winners do not pay to market this honor.
The Truven Health 100 Top Hospitals is the most comprehensive, academically driven study of its kind. It evaluates clinical and operational performance in 11 areas: inpatient mortality, 30-day mortality rate, complications, core measures, 30-day risk-adjusted readmission rate, severity-adjusted average length of stay, mean emergency room throughput, inpatient expense per discharge, Medicare spend per beneficiary, adjusted operating profit margin and Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) score (patient rating of overall hospital performance). The study has been conducted annually since 1993.
"We take great pride in being recognized by Truven as a Top 100 hospital for the second straight year," said Jeff Johnston, president of Mercy Hospital St. Louis. "This recognition is an indication of the quality of care that our physicians and staff provide each and every day and our continuous journey to improve patient care."
Based on the results of this year’s study, if all Medicare inpatients received the same level of care as those treated in the award-winning facilities:
- Nearly 89,000 additional lives could be saved
- More than 61,000 additional patients could be complication-free
- More than $5.6 billion in inpatient costs could be saved
- The average patient stay would decrease by half a day
- More than 300,000 fewer discharged patients would be readmitted within 30 days
- Patients would spend nine minutes less in hospital emergency departments per visit
“The hospital industry’s ongoing transition from fee-for-service to value-based care appears to be bearing some positive results for both patients and payers,” said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president at Truven Health Analytics. “The magnitude of improvement we’ve observed over the last five years is greater than any other five-year period we’ve tracked. On top of that, this year’s winners have reached new highs in performance in comparison to peers across the country, which suggests that improvement in value from hospitals is likely to continue.”
The winning hospitals were announced in the March 6, 2017 edition of Modern Healthcare magazine. In November 2016, Mercy St. Louis was named in Truven Health 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals® study, also for the second consecutive year. In addition, Mercy was named a Truven Health 15 Top Health System in 2016.
For more information, visit 100tophospitals.com.
Mercy Hospital St. Louis, part of Mercy’s eastern Missouri region, is a 859-bed comprehensive teaching hospital. The 80-acre site houses a nine-level heart and vascular hospital, a cancer center, a comprehensive children's hospital and a surgery center.
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 44 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 Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.
About Truven Health Analytics, part of the IBM Watson Health business
Truven Health Analytics®, part of the IBM Watson Health™ business, provides market-leading performance improvement solutions built on data integrity, advanced analytics and domain expertise. For more than 40 years, our insights and solutions have been providing hospitals and clinicians, employers and health plans, state and federal government agencies, life sciences companies and policymakers, the facts they need to make confident decisions that directly affect the health and well-being of people and organizations in the US and around the world. The company was acquired by IBM in 2016 to help form a new business, Watson Health. Watson Health aspires to improve lives and give hope by delivering innovation to address the world’s most pressing health challenges through data and cognitive insights.
Truven Health Analytics owns some of the most trusted brands in healthcare, such as MarketScan®, 100 Top Hospitals®, Advantage Suite®, Micromedex®, Simpler ® and ActionOI ®. Truven Health has its principal offices in Ann Arbor, MI, Chicago, IL and Denver, CO.
For more information, visit truvenhealth.com.