Meriter Again Named One of the Nation’s 100 Top Hospitals by Thomson Reuters

For the second year in a row Meriter Hospital was named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Thomson Reuters, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare.

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. Previously, Meriter received the 2006 and 2007 Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals: Performance Improvement Leaders awards.

“It is with extreme pride that I accept this award on behalf of the entire Meriter team,” says Jim Woodward, Meriter president and CEO. “The award is all the more significant because it’s based on an independent study – we don’t apply nor pay to participate. And to be recognized among the best healthcare organizations in the country for demonstrating that high-quality patient outcomes can be achieved while improving efficiency is a real honor.”

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.

A total of three Wisconsin hospitals were recognized. Besides Meriter, Gunderson Lutheran Health System of LaCrosse, and Aurora Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center, Sheboygan were named to the list.

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

  • 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.

If the same standards were applied to all inpatients, the impact would be even greater.

More information on this study and other 100 Top Hospitals research is available at

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