April 26, 2012

VUMC again named among top 100 hospitals in nation

VUMC again named among top 100 hospitals in nation

For the 13th 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, a news and business data service.

The Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals study, which has been conducted annually since 1993, takes into account inpatient and post-discharge mortality rates, complication rates, patient safety, readmission rates, expense per discharge, profitability, length of stay and patient satisfaction.

“This is again a very welcomed and well-deserved distinction, which credits the hard work and expertise of our faculty and staff from every area of the clinical enterprise,” said C. Wright Pinson, MBA, M.D., deputy vice chancellor for Health Affairs and CEO of the Vanderbilt Health System.
“I want to congratulate and thank everyone for their continued dedication to our patients and our mission.”

Thomson Reuters researchers evaluated nearly 3,000 short-term, acute care, non-federal hospitals. They used public information, including 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 Hospital Compare data set.

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

According to Thomson Reuters, if all hospitals performed at the same level as the 100 Top Hospitals award winners: more than 186,000 additional lives could be saved; approximately 56,000 additional patients could be complication-free; more than $4.3 billion could be saved; and the average patient stay would decrease by nearly half a day.

VUMC is one of three medical facilities in Tennessee to make the list.