March 31, 2011

Vanderbilt again named to list of nation’s top 100 hospitals

Vanderbilt again named to list of nation’s top 100 hospitals

For the 12th consecutive year, Vanderbilt University Medical Center has been recognized as one of the top 100 hospitals in the country in a study by Thomson Reuters.

The Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals study, which has been conducted annually since 1993, evaluates performance in 10 areas: mortality, medical complications, patient safety, average patient stay, expenses, profitability, patient satisfaction, adherence to clinical standards of care, and post-discharge mortality and readmission rates for acute myocardial infarction, heart failure, and pneumonia.

To conduct the 100 Top Hospitals study, Thomson Reuters researchers evaluated 2,914 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 data set.

Hospitals do not apply, and winners do not pay to market this honor.

According to Thomson Reuters, if all Medicare inpatients received the same level of care as patients treated in the winning hospitals:
• Nearly 116,000 additional patients would survive each year.
• Nearly 197,000 patient complications would be avoided annually.
• Expense per adjusted discharge would drop by $462.
• The average patient stay would decrease by half a day.

VUMC is one of six medical facilities in Tennessee to make the list of 100 Top Hospitals.