March 17, 2006

VUMC ranked among Solucient’s Top 100 hospitals

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VUMC ranked among Solucient’s Top 100 hospitals

Vanderbilt University Hospital has been recognized for the seventh consecutive year as one of the top 100 hospitals in the country, in a study by Solucient Institute.

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

Hospitals are assigned to one of five comparison groups according to size and teaching status.

Vanderbilt is the only hospital in Middle Tennesse to make the list, “Solucient 100 Top Hospitals: National Benchmarks for Success.”

Solucient compiles its Top 100 list after poring over objective statistical analysis of publicly available data from more than 6,000 acute-care general hospitals and determining new national performance benchmarks. Measures center on clinical excellence, operating efficiency, financial health and responsiveness to the community.

According to Solucient, hospitals on the list “have higher survival rates, keep more patients complication-free and attract more patients — all while maintaining higher profits.”

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

• An additional 106,312 patients would survive each year.

• More than 117,000 patient complications would be avoided annually.

• Expenses would decline by an aggregate $7.6 billion a year.

• The average patient stay would decrease by more than half a day.