Posted on 20 April 2012.
An annual study released this week by Thomson Reuters recognized Spectrum Health United Hospital in Greenville as being among the 100 best hospitals in the country. The designation was based on measures of overall organization performance, including patient care, operational efficiency, and financial stability.
Spectrum Health United Hospital in Greenville was named one of Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals®.
United Hospital is the only small community hospital (under 100 beds) to receive this elite honor and recognition within the region. In total, 918 small community hospitals were included with the nationwide survey. Of those surveyed, only 20 were selected as award recipients in this category, of which one is Spectrum Health United Hospital. Additionally, this award places United Hospital in the top 2 percent of approximately 5,500 hospitals in the nation.
This distinction is awarded because of the Thomson Reuters’ annual study that examines changing performance levels in U.S. hospitals and objectively identifies hospitals based on their overall performance.
“It is extremely gratifying to be recognized for our ongoing commitment to excellent quality, safety and patient satisfaction. To be named one of the top 100 hospitals in the nation reaffirms our mission and vision to improve the health of the community and be a leader for health,” said Tina Freese-Decker, President, Spectrum Health United Hospital.
“This award is the result of the dedication and teamwork of our medical staff and employees. Their commitment to excellence and compassion shines for every patient, every day.”
The Thomson Reuters study evaluates performance in 10 areas: mortality, medical complications, patient safety, average length of stay, expenses, profitability, patient satisfaction, adherence to clinical standards of care, and post-discharge mortality and readmission rates for acute myocardial infarction, heart failure and pneumonia. The study has been conducted annually since 1993.
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, and winners do not pay to market this honor.
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.
• The average patient stay would decrease by nearly half a day.
For more information, visit www.100tophospitals.com.