Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City has been named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by IBM Watson HealthTM, formerly Truven Top 100 Hospitals. In addition, Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City is one of only 13 hospitals in the nation to receive the Everest Award, achieving the highest national benchmarks along with the greatest improvement over five consecutive years.
“This is an independent study that evaluates more than 2,700 hospitals across the United States, looking at overall quality of care, including lives saved, complication rates and readmission rates,” said Jim Gebhart, president of Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City and regional strategy officer. “This speaks volumes about the care we provide our patients here in Oklahoma. We are honored to be named one of the top 100 hospitals in the nation, as well as singled out as one of the current highest performing hospitals in the nation for the quality of the patient care we provide.”
The study, conducted since 1993, spotlights the top-performing hospitals in the U.S. based on a balanced scorecard of publically available clinical, operational and patient satisfaction metrics and data. Hospitals do not apply, and winners do not pay to market this honor.
The Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals® study uses independent and objective research to analyze hospital and health system performance in 11 areas. Following were the key performance measures on which 100 Top Hospitals outperform:
- Better survival rates
- Fewer complications and infections
- Shorter length of stay
- Shorter Emergency Department wait times
- Lower inpatient expenses
- Higher patient satisfaction
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:
- More than 102,000 additional lives could be saved
- More than 43,000 additional patients could be complication-free
- More than $4.4 billion in inpatient costs could be saved
- Approximately 200,000 fewer discharged patients would be readmitted within 30 days
“The country’s best hospitals have proven that an unrelenting focus on quality, supported by constant measurement against peer performance benchmarks, can drive improved outcomes while reducing costs and growing profit margins,” said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president, 100 Top Hospitals Programs, IBM Watson Health. “Congratulations to this 25th anniversary class of 100 Top Hospitals who have helped raise the bar for health care in the U.S. and improve the health care experiences of the people in their communities.”
The winning hospitals were announced in the March 5, 2018 edition of Modern Healthcare magazine. This is the third time Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City has been named to the 100 Top Hospitals. Mercy Hospital St. Louis was also named to the 100 Top Hospitals list. In addition, Mercy, as a system of hospitals across four states, has been named a 15 Top Health System for two consecutive years in 2016 and 2017.
For more information, visit 100tophospitals.com.
Mercy, named one of the top five large U.S. health systems in 2017 and 2016 by IBM Watson Health company, serves millions annually. Mercy includes more than 40 acute care and specialty (heart, children’s, orthopedic and rehab) hospitals, 800 physician practices and outpatient facilities, 44,000 co-workers and 2,100 Mercy Clinic physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has clinics, outpatient services and outreach ministries in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. In addition, Mercy's IT division, Mercy Technology Services, supply chain organization, ROi, and Mercy Virtual commercially serve providers and patients in more than 20 states coast to coast.
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