This Week Meriter Hospital was named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Truven Health Analytics,TM a leading provider of data-driven analytics and solutions to improve the cost and quality of health care.
“I could not be more proud of our dedicated team of clinicians and caregivers who truly make the patient the point of everything we do,” said Arthur Nizza, DSW, President and CEO of Meriter – UnityPoint Health. “Providing this level of care and quality is our top priority, and we’ll continue to work to exceed the highest of expectations.”
The Truven Health 100 Top Hospitals® study identifies hospitals and leadership teams that provide the highest level of value to their communities, based on a national balanced scorecard. The 100 Top Hospitals balanced scorecard measures overall organizational performance across 11 key analytic measures including patient care, operational efficiency and financial stability. The study has been conducted annually since 1993.
“For more than 100 years, Meriter Hospital has continually met the health care needs of south central Wisconsin with award-winning results,” said Geoffrey Priest, MD, Chief Medical Officer of Meriter – UnityPoint Health. “This is the third time we’ve received this honor in just the last five years, and it’s a true testament to the quality of care we provide each day.”
Meriter Hospital offers a wide-ranging scope of medical and surgical services, including leading edge heart and vascular care; the busiest Birthing Center in Wisconsin; patient-focused Emergency Services and a full array of orthopedic and general surgical services.
To conduct the 100 Top Hospitals study, Truven Health researchers evaluated close to 3,000 short-term, acute-care, nonfederal hospitals. Risk-adjusted methodologies were used to analyze public information — Medicare cost reports, Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MEDPAR) data, and core measures and patient satisfaction data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare reports. Hospitals do not apply, and winners do not pay to market this honor.
Meriter’s UnityPoint Health affiliate St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids, IA also received the accolade.
The winning hospitals were announced in the March 2, 2015, edition of Modern Healthcare magazine.
“This year’s 100 Top Hospitals represent the highest national standards in hospital care and management today. They set the benchmarks for peers around the country to follow — consistently delivering outstanding quality of care, satisfaction and community value at a reasonable cost,” said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president for performance improvement and the 100 Top Hospitals program at Truven Health Analytics. “The majority of the 2015 award winners have produced year-to-year performance improvement, as well. This speaks to the consistent focus on excellence by the entire organization and the men and women who serve patients.”
The study shows that if all hospitals in the U.S. performed at the level of this year’s winners:
- 126,471 additional lives could be saved
- 108,926 additional patients could be complication-free
- $1.8 billion in inpatient costs could be saved
- The average patient stay would decrease by half a day
- Episode-of-illness expense would be 2 percent lower than the peer average
More information on this study and other 100 Top Hospitals research is available at 100tophospitals.com.