Five area hospitals named on the nation's '100 Top Hospitals' list

 
Daily Herald Report
Updated 3/1/2016 7:44 AM
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  • Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital was one of five area hospitals named to the nation's 100 Top Hospitals for 2016 list. The Cancer Care Center expansion in Downers Grove is expected to open in 2017.

    Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital was one of five area hospitals named to the nation's 100 Top Hospitals for 2016 list. The Cancer Care Center expansion in Downers Grove is expected to open in 2017. COURTESY OF ADVOCATE GOOD SAMARITAN

Five area hospitals were named on the nation's 100 Top Hospitals for 2016 list Tuesday by Truven Health Analytics, a provider of data-driven analytics and solutions to improve the cost and quality of health care.

NorthShore University HealthSystem based in Evanston, Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, Edward Hospital in Naperville, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge and Rush University Medical Center in Chicago were included on the list.

The Truven Health 100 Top Hospitals study identifies hospitals and leadership teams that provide the highest level of value to their communities. The study is based on a national balanced score card measuring overall organizational performance across 11 key analytic measures including patient care, operational efficiency, and financial stability.

NorthShore is one of only two major teaching hospitals in the country to achieve this honor 17 times during the award's 23-year history.

"We are very pleased to receive this most prestigious recognition," said NorthShore President and CEO Mark Neaman. "It is a testament to the collaborative work of our physicians and staff, dedicated to delivering exceptional experiences and quality outcomes to all those we proudly serve."

NorthShore University HealthSystem consists of four hospitals; NorthShore Evanston Hospital, whose traditions of providing health care dates back to 1891, NorthShore Glenbrook Hospital, a teaching hospital built in 1977, NorthShore Highland Park Hospital, a leader in health care delivery for northern Cook and Lake counties for more than 80 years, and as of January 2009, NorthShore Skokie Hospital.

The study shows that if all hospitals performed at the same level as this year's winners, more than 104,000 inpatient lives could be saved; 48,400 additional patients could be complication free; $2 billion in inpatient costs could be saved annually; and the average patient stay would decrease by half a day.

"The 2016 100 Top Hospitals award winners represent the highest national standards in hospital care and management. They set the benchmarks for peers around the country to follow," said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president at Truven Health Analytics. "Hospitals in three of our five report groups actually reduced overall expense year over year, while improving patient outcomes -- exactly the results that the entire industry hopes to attain."

Nearly 3,000 short-term, acute-care, nonfederal hospitals were evaluated for the study. Researchers used risk-adjusted methodologies to analyze public information -- Medicare cost reports, Medicare Provider Analysis and Review data, and core measures and patient satisfaction data from the CMS Hospital Compare reports. Hospitals do not apply and winners do not pay to market this honor.

The winning hospitals were announced in the February 28, 2016, edition of Modern Healthcare magazine.

More information is available at 100tophospitals.com.

• Business Writer Kim Mikus contributed to this report.

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