Top 100 hospitals named for 2011

By Molly Merrill
04:09 PM

Thomson Reuters released its annual study Monday identifying the 100 top U.S. hospitals based on their overall organizational performance in 10 key areas, which hinge on IT use.

The Thomson Reuters 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.

"This year's 100 Top Hospitals award winners have delivered exemplary results, despite volatility from healthcare reform," said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president at Thomson Reuters. "The leadership teams at these organizations have dealt with enormous ambiguity, yet remained focused on mission and excellence across the hospital which drove national benchmarks to new highs."

Thomson Reuters is also recognizing, for the third year, the 100 Top Hospitals Everest Award winners – those hospitals among the 100 winners that delivered the greatest rate of improvement over five years. This year, there are six Everest Award winners.

To conduct the 100 Top Hospitals study, Thomson Reuters researchers evaluated 2,914 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 for this award and winners do not pay to market this honor.

[See also: Top hospitals ‘hard wire’ quality, safety.]

If all Medicare inpatients received the same level of care as those treated in the award-winning facilities, researchers estimates that:

  • Nearly 116,000 additional patients would survive each year.
  • More than 197,000 patient complications would be avoided annually.
  • Expense per adjusted discharge would drop by $462.
  • The average patient stay would decrease by half a day.

Click on the next page to view the winning hospitals, by category, with asterisks indicating the Everest Award winners.

Major Teaching Hospitals


Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center - Chicago, Ill.


Advocate Lutheran General Hospital - Park Ridge, Ill.


Baystate Medical Center - Springfield, Mass.


Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center - Boston, Mass.


*Brigham and Women’s Hospital - Boston, Mass.


Caritas St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center - Boston, Mass.


Doctors Hospital - Columbus, Ohio


Geisinger Medical Center - Danville, Pa.


Massachusetts General Hospital - Boston, Mass.


Mayo Clinic - Rochester Methodist Hospital - Rochester, Minn.


NorthShore University HealthSystem - Evanston, Ill.


*Northwestern Memorial Hospital - Chicago, Ill.


*Oschner Medical Center - New Orleans, La.


University Hospitals Case Medical Center - Cleveland, Ohio.


Vanderbilt University Medical Center - Nashville, Tenn.


Teaching Hospitals


Aultman Hospital - Canton, Ohio.


Beaumont Hospital, Troy - Troy, Mich.


Bronson Methodist Hospital - Kalamazoo, Mich.


Bryn Mawr Hospital - Bryn Mawr, Penn.


Carle Foundation Hospital - Urbana, Ill.


Corpus Christi Medical Center - Corpus Christi, Texas


Decatur Memorial Hospital - Decatur, Ill.


Fairview Hospital - Cleveland, Ohio


Good Samaritan Hospital - Cincinnati, Ohio


Gundersen Lutheran Health System - La Crosse, Wis.


Kettering Medical Center - Kettering, Ohio


Memorial Hermann Hospital System - Houston, Texas


Memorial Hospital & Health System - South Bend, Ind.


Mercy Medical Center North Iowa - Mason City, Iowa


Meriter Hospital - Madison, Wis.


Munson Medical Center - Traverse City, Mich.


Riverside Medical Center - Kankakee, Ill.


Riverside Methodist Hospital - Columbus, Ohio


Robert Packer Hospital - Sayre, Pa.


Saint Vincent Hospital - Worcester, Mass.


Scripps Green Hospital - La Jolla, Calif.


Spectrum Health Hospital Group - Grand Rapids, Mich.


St. Elizabeth Healthcare - Edgewood, Ky.


St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital - Indianapolis, Ind.


UPMC Hamot - Erie, Pa.

 Next page: Large Community Hospitals

Large Community Hospitals


Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital - Downers Grove, Ill.


Allegiance Health - Jackson, Mich.


Baylor All Saints Medical Center at Fort Worth - Fort Worth, Texas


Beverly Hospital - Beverly, Mass.


Boone Hospital Center - Columbia, Mo.


Centennial Medical Center - Nashville, Tenn.


Central DuPage Hospital - Winfield, Ill.


CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System - Texarkana, Texas


Community Hospital - Munster, Ind.


Edward Hospital - Naperville, Ill.


Genesis HealthCare System - Zanesville, Ohio


Martin Memorial Medical Center - Stuart, Fla.


Memorial Health Care System - Chattanooga, Tenn.


Missouri Baptist Medical Center - St. Louis, Mo.


Saint Thomas Hospital - Nashville, Tenn.


Silver Cross Hospital - Joliet, Ill.


Southwest General Health Center - Middleburg Heights, Ohio


St. David’s Medical Center - Austin, Texas


Trinity Mother Frances Hospital - Tyler, Texas


Trinity Rock Island - Rock Island, Ill.

 Next page: Medium and Small Community Hospitals

Medium Community Hospitals


*Augusta Health - Fisherville, Va.


Aurora Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center - Sheboygan, Wis.


Blanchard Valley Hospital - Findlay, Ohio


Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston, Fla.


Columbus Regional Hospital - Columbus, Ind.


Holland Hospital - Holland, Mich.


Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital - Katy, Texas


Mercy Hospital - Coon Rapids, Minn.


Mercy Hospital Anderson - Cincinnati, Ohio


Mercy Hospital Clermont - Batavia, Ohio


Mercy Hospital Fairfield - Fairfield, Ohio


Middlesex Hospital - Middletown, Conn.


Minden Medical Center - Minden, La.


Paoli Hospital - Paoli, Pa.


Reid Hospital & Health Care Services - Richmond, Ind.


Saint Joseph East - Lexington, Ky.


Sycamore Medical Center - Miamisburg, Ohio


Thomas Hospital - Fairhope, Ala.


West Anaheim Medical Center - Anaheim, Calif.


Winchester Hospital - Winchester, Mass.


Small Community Hospitals


Andalusia Regional Hospital - Andalusia, Ala.


American Fork Hospital - American Fork, Utah


Baylor Medical Center at Waxahachie - Waxahachie, Texas


Central Michigan Community Hospital - Mount Pleasant, Mich.


Flaget Memorial Hospital - Bardstown, Ky.


Harlan ARH Hospital - Harlan, Ky.


Kosciusko Community Hospital - Warsaw, Ind.


LeConte Medical Center - Sevierville, Tenn.


Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital - Sugar Land, Texas.


Mercy Hospital Cadillac - Cadillac, Mich.


Moberly Regional Medical Center - Moberly, Mo.


Payson Regional Medical Center - Payson, Ariz.


Ponca City Medical Center - Ponca City, Okla.


*Russell Medical Center - Alexander City, Ala.


Spectrum Health United Memorial - Greenville, Mich.


St. Elizabeth Community Hospital - Red Bluff, Calif.


*St. Joseph Health System - Tawas City, Mich.


St. Joseph Mercy Livingston Hospital - Howell, Mich.


St. Mary’s Jefferson Memorial Hospital - Jefferson City, Tenn.


Sutter Davis Hospital - Davis, Calif.