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Published on April 20, 2017

Mercy named one of nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Truven Health Analytics for fifth consecutive year

2017 Truven winnerFor the fifth consecutive year, Mercy Medical Center was named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Truven Health Analytics, part of the IBM Watson Health™ business. Truven Health Analytics is a leading provider of information and solutions that support healthcare cost and quality improvement.

Mercy is the only hospital in Iowa to receive the 2017 designation and the only hospital in Iowa to achieve the distinction consecutively for the last five years.

The Truven Health 100 Top Hospitals is a comprehensive, academically-driven study. It evaluates clinical and operational performance in 11 areas, addressing: inpatient mortality; 30-day mortality rate; complications; core measures; 30-day risk-adjusted readmission rate; severity-adjusted average length of stay; mean emergency room throughput; inpatient expense per discharge; Medicare spend per beneficiary; adjusted operating profit margin; and Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) score (patient rating of overall hospital performance). The study has been conducted annually since 1993.

Based on the results of this year’s study, if all Medicare inpatients received the same level of care as those treated in the award-winning facilities:

  • Nearly than 89,000 additional lives could be saved;
  • More than 61,000 additional patients could be complication-free;
  • More than $5.6 billion in inpatient costs could be saved;
  • The average patient stay would decrease by half a day;
  • Over 300,000 fewer discharged patients would be readmitted within 30 days;
  • Patients would spend nine minutes less in hospital emergency departments per visit.

The winning hospitals were announced in the March 6 edition of Modern Healthcare magazine.

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