Truven Health Analytics has named Kettering Medical Center and Sycamore Medical Center as two of the nation’s 100 top hospitals. Truven Health Analytics is a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare. This is the 11th time that Kettering Medical Center has been recognized with this honor. This year marks the seventh time that Sycamore Medical Center has received the award.
“We are extremely proud of this remarkable achievement,” says Roy Chew, president of Kettering Medical Center. “Kettering is one of only six hospitals in the country that have been named a Top 100 Hospital at least ten times and consecutively for at least the past three years. We are grateful to be consistently recognized as being one of the best hospitals in the country.”
“This award reflects the commitment of our hospitals’ physicians, nurses and staff to providing an exceptional experience for every patient who comes through our doors for treatment,” says Walter Sackett, senior vice president of Sycamore Medical Center. “We are honored receive this distinction.”
The Truven Health 100 Top Hospitals® study evaluates performance in 11 areas: mortality; medical complications; patient safety; average patient stay; expenses; profitability; patient satisfaction; adherence to clinical standards of care; post-discharge mortality; readmission rates for acute myocardial infarction (heart attack), heart failure, pneumonia; and new for this year, Medicare Spend per Beneficiary (Medicare Spend). The addition of Medicare Spend leverages CMS data to evaluate the cost incurred for an episode of care across settings pre- and post-discharge for Medicare patients.
The study found that the 100 Top Hospitals® have roughly a half-day shorter patient length of stay, 4 percent fewer complications, and 5.9 percent lower risk-adjusted mortality rates. The winners also performed better than peer-group hospitals on 30-day readmissions for heart failure, heart attack and other conditions.
To conduct the 100 Top Hospitals study, Truven Health researchers evaluated 3,000 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.