April 2, 2010

Vanderbilt named among top 100 hospitals in nation

Vanderbilt named among top 100 hospitals in nation

Vanderbilt University Medical Center has been recognized for the 11th consecutive year as one of the top 100 hospitals in the country, in a study by Thomson Reuters Healthcare.

VUMC was again named a winner of the Everest Award for National Benchmarks, which was introduced last year.

Everest Awards recognize hospitals among the 100 winners that delivered the greatest rate of improvement over a five-year period. There are 23 Everest Award winners this year, five of which are in Tennessee.

To conduct the 100 Top Hospitals study, Thomson Reuters researchers evaluated 2,926 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.

The study, which has been conducted annually since 1993, evaluates performance in 10 areas: mortality, medical complications, patient safety, average length of 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.

If all Medicare inpatients received the same level of care as patients treated in the winning hospitals:

• More than 98,000 additional patients would survive each year.
• Nearly 197,000 patient complications would be avoided annually.
• Expenses would decline by $5.5 billion a year.
• The average patient stay would decrease by nearly a half day.

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

The list was published in Modern Healthcare magazine.