April 10, 2009

VMC again named among top hospitals in nation

VMC again named among top hospitals in nation

Vanderbilt Medical Center has been recognized for the 10th consecutive year as one of the top 100 hospitals in the country, in a study by Thomson Reuters Healthcare.

VMC also received the first-ever Everest Award for National Benchmarks, which recognizes those 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.

This award recognizes the boards, executives, and medical staff leaders who developed and executed strategies that enabled a culture of performance improvement to grow rapidly and consistently over five years within the hospital, and that resulted in setting national benchmarks for excellence in the industry.

Being a 100 Top Hospital Everest Award winner means that:

• The hospital is performing in the top 10 percent across all measures of performance and is an organization the community should be proud of as a provider of care and as an employer.

• The hospital is raising the bar for performance and setting new standards that other hospitals are trying to emulate.

• The hospital's leadership team is committed to bringing higher value to patients and the community every year through sustained improvement and superior performance.

• Well-balanced clinical and business performance over five years results in efficient care at a reasonable comparative cost.
Of the 23 hospitals recognized, four are in Tennessee.

To conduct the 100 Top Hospitals study, Thomson Reuters researchers evaluated 3,000 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.

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

• More than 107,500 additional patients would survive each year.
• Nearly 132,000 patient complications would be avoided annually.
• Expenses would decline by $5.9 billion a year.
• The average patient stay would decrease by nearly half a day.

VMC is one of six medical facilities in Tennessee to make the list of 100 Top Hospitals and one of four to be named an Everest Award Winners.