Top 100 Hospitals named by Thomson Reuters

By Kelsey Brimmer
10:43 AM

On Monday, Thomson Reuters released its 19th-annual study identifying the 100 top U.S. hospitals based on their overall organizational performance.

The Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals study, which as been conducted annually since 1993, evaluates performance in 10 categories: 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.

[See also: Top 100 hospitals named for 2011.]

"This year, the concentration of 100 Top Hospitals award winners shifted significantly, with Texas, Florida, Pennsylvania and California housing the most winners. Texas actually had the highest concentration of winners – 14 of them. In the past few years, the mid-western states were the states with the highest concentration, like Michigan, Illinois and Ohio," said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president at Thomson Reuters. "A major change in performance geographically is an encouraging indication that the bar for quality care has been raised once again. Small hospitals in general are doing better this year and making a lot of improvements."

For the fourth year, Thomson Reuters is also recognizing the 100 Top Hospitals Everest Award winners, which are those hospitals among the 100 winners that delivered the greatest rate of improvement over five years. This year, there are 12 Everest Award winners, according to Chenoweth.

To conduct the 100 Top Hospitals study, Thomson Reuters researchers evaluated 2,886 short-term, acute-care, non-federal hospitals. They used public information like Medicare cost reports and core measures and patient satisfaction data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare website, said Chenoweth. Hospitals do not apply for the awards and winners do not pay to market this honor.

“We see that the highest-scoring hospitals tend to have a lot of collaboration with other hospitals,” said Chenoweth. “What’s important are the benchmarks to help hospitals improve their performances. Hospitals can purchase other hospitals’ reports and use them to learn from each other and what they might be doing differently.”

[See also: Thomson Reuters names top hospitals for heart care.]

If all Medicare inpatients received the same level of care as those treated in the award-winning facilities: more than 186,000 additional lives could be saved; approximately 56,000 additional patients could be complication free; more than $4.3 billion could be saved; and the average patient stay would decrease by nearly half a day.

Here is a list of the winning hospitals, by category, with asterisks indicating the Everest Award winners. Chenoweth said the hospitals are not ranked within each list.

Read the full list on the next page.

Major Teaching Hospitals

UC San Diego Medical Center - Hillcrest - San Diego, CA*
Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center - Chicago, IL

Advocate Christ Medical Center - Oak Lawn, IL

Ochsner Medical Center - New Orleans, LA*
Baystate Medical Center - Springfield, MA

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center - Boston, MA

St. Joseph Mercy Hospital - Ann Arbor, MI

Doctors Hospital - Columbus, OH

Geisinger Medical Center - Danville, PA

Allegheny General Hospital - Pittsburgh, PA

Penn Presbyterian Medical Center - Philadelphia, PA

Vanderbilt University Medical Center - Nashville, TN

Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas - Dallas, TX

Scott & White Hospital - Temple, TX

The Methodist Hospital - Houston, TX

Teaching Hospitals
Scripps Green Hospital - La Jolla, CA

Poudre Valley Hospital - Fort Collins, CO

Morton Plant Hospital - Clearwater, FL*

Carle Foundation Hospital - Urbana, IL

St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital - Indianapolis, IN

St. Luke's Hospital - Cedar Rapids, IA

Mercy Medical Center North Iowa - Mason City, IA

Mercy Medical Center - Baltimore, MD

Saint Vincent Hospital - Worcester, MA

Munson Medical Center - Traverse City, MI

Beaumont Hospital, Troy - Troy, MI

Hackensack University Medical Center - Hackensack, NJ

Mission Hospital - Asheville, NC

Kettering Medical Center - Kettering, OH

UPMC Hamot - Erie, PA

Robert Packer Hospital - Sayre, PA

Bryn Mawr Hospital - Bryn Mawr, PA

Lankenau Medical Center - Wynnewood, PA

AnMed Health Medical Center - Anderson, SC

Saint Thomas Hospital - Nashville, TN

Memorial Health Care System - Chattanooga, TN

Memorial Hermann Hospital System - Houston, TX

Baptist St. Anthony's Health System - Amarillo, TX

McKay-Dee Hospital Center - Ogden, UT

Bon Secours St. Mary's Hospital - Richmond, VA*

Large Community Hospitals
Banner Boswell Medical Center - Sun City, AZ*

Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center -Torrance, CA

Centinela Hospital Medical Center - Inglewood, CA

Martin Health System - Stuart, FL

Sarasota Memorial Hospital - Sarasota, FL*

Kendall Regional Medical Center - Miami, FL

Ocala Regional Medical Center - Ocala, FL

Delray Medical Center - Delray Beach, FL*

Mease Countryside Hospital - Safety Harbor, FL

Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital - Downers Grove, IL

Owensboro Medical Health System - Owensboro, KY

Clara Maass Medical Center - Belleville, NJ*

Community Medical Center - Toms River, NJ

Gaston Memorial Hospital - Gastonia, NC

St. Clair Hospital - Pittsburgh, PA

Trinity Mother Frances Hospital - Tyler, TX

St. David's Medical Center - Austin, TX

Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center - Houston, TX

CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System - Texarkana, TX

St. David's North Austin Medical Center - Austin, TX

Medium Community Hospitals

Baptist Medical Center East - Montgomery, AL

Garden Grove Hospital Medical Center - Garden Grove, CA

French Hospital Medical Center - San Luis Obispo, CA*
West Anaheim Medical Center - Anaheim, CA

Chino Valley Medical Center - Chino, CA

Doctors Hospital of Sarasota - Sarasota, FL*
Northwest Medical Center - Margate, FL

Gulf Coast Medical Center - Panama City, FL

Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston, FL

Dupont Hospital - Fort Wayne, IN

Saint Joseph Hospital - Bangor, ME

Holland Hospital - Holland, MI

Mercy Hospital Clermont - Batavia, OH

Sycamore Medical Center - Miamisburg, OH

Paoli Hospital - Paoli, PA

Doylestown Hospital - Doylestown, PA

Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital - Charleston, SC

St. David's Round Rock Medical Center - Round Rock, TX

Ogden Regional Medical Center - Ogden, UT

Augusta Health - Fishersville, VA*

Small Community Hospitals
St. Elizabeth Community Hospital - Red Bluff, CA

Sutter Davis Hospital - Davis, CA

Desert Valley Hospital - Victorville, CA

Gulf Breeze Hospital - Gulf Breeze, FL

Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast - Miramar Beach, FL

Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center - Plymouth, IN

Major Hospital - Shelbyville, IN

Harlan ARH Hospital - Harlan, KY

Spectrum Health United Memorial - Greenville, MI

Mercy Hospital Cadillac - Cadillac, MI

St. Joseph Health System - Tawas City, MI*
Lakeview Hospital - Stillwater, MN

Woodwinds Health Campus - Woodbury, MN

The HealthCenter - Kalispell, MT

Samaritan Regional Health System - Ashland, OH

Dublin Methodist Hospital - Dublin, OH

Ponca City Medical Center - Ponca City, OK

Baylor Medical Center at Waxahachie - Waxahachie, TX

Hill Country Memorial Hospital - Fredericksburg, TX

Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital - Sugar Land, TX

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