August 15, 2008

Ranking names Vanderbilt among top 100 hospitals

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Ranking names Vanderbilt among top 100 hospitals

Vanderbilt Medical Center has been recognized for the ninth consecutive year as one of the top 100 hospitals in the country, in a study by Thomson Healthcare, formerly Solucient Institute.

Of the 2,800 facilities studied, VMC was among just 15 hospitals — and one of only three academic medical centers — named to both the National Benchmarks for Success and Performance Improvement Leaders lists.

The National Benchmarks list identifies hospitals that have achieved certain national benchmark level scores for overall organizational performance in comparison with peer hospitals across the nation.

The Performance Improvement list recognizes hospitals that have shown a clear ability to raise clinical outcomes and efficiency and improve financial strength.

VMC is one of seven medical facilities in Tennessee to make the list of National Benchmarks for Success, and one of six to make the Performance Improvement list.

Thomson compiles its annual Top 100 lists after performing objective statistical analyses of public data sources. Hospitals were assigned to one of five comparison groups according to bed size, teaching status, and residency program involvement and scored on a set of weighted performance measures centered on clinical excellence, operating efficiency and financial health, and responsiveness to the community.

According to Thomson, “The 100 Top Hospitals have higher survival rates, keep more patients complication-free, and attract more patients — all while maintaining financial stability.”

They estimate that if all Medicare inpatients received the same level of care as those in the 100 Top Hospitals winners:

• More than 120,000 additional patients would survive each year

• More than 138,000 patient complications would be avoided annually

• Expenses would decline by an aggregate $6.2 billion a year

• The average patient stay would decrease by more than half a day. The study is performed annually by Thomson Healthcare, a national healthcare information company.

The list was published in Modern Healthcare magazine.