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St. Joe's Ann Arbor Earns 100 Top Hospitals Award
Start Date
04/20/2012
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St. Joe’s Ann Arbor - the only hospital in southeast Michigan, and one of only seven hospitals in the state named to this elite list.

St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor was named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® this week by Thomson Reuters, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of health care.

The Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals® study evaluates performance in 10 areas: mortality; medical complications; patient safety; average patient stay; expenses; profitability; patient satisfaction; adherence to clinical standards of care; post-discharge mortality; and readmission rates for acute myocardial infarction (heart attack), heart failure, and pneumonia.

“St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor has continued on its path of focusing on patient-centered, high quality care, using data and the implementation of evidence-based practices to drive consistency in care delivery,” explains Lakshmi Halasyamani, MD, chief medical officer, Saint Joseph Mercy Health System. “We are committed and engaged continuous improvement and are proud of being recognized as a top 100 hospital.”

This is the second time St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor has been recognized with this honor; and is the only southeast Michigan hospital - and one of only seven facilities in the state - to make the list this year.

St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor was also named 100 Top Hospitals® for Cardiovascular Care in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009; and a 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospital in 2012.

“Achieving this level of excellence is a direct result of the remarkable people who work at our facilities – our team of physicians, employees and volunteers,” commented Rob Casalou, president and CEO, St. Joseph Mercy Hospitals. “This award proves we have a consistent, committed focus on what matters most – quality and compassionate patient care.”

To conduct the 100 Top Hospitals study, Thomson Reuters researchers evaluated 2,886 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 website. Hospitals do not apply, and winners do not pay to market this honor.

The winning hospitals were announced in the April 16 edition of Modern Healthcare magazine.
“This year, the concentration of 100 Top Hospitals award winners has shifted significantly, with Texas, Florida, and California housing the most winners,” said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president at Thomson Reuters. ”A major change in performance geographically is an encouraging indication that the bar for quality care has been raised once again.”

Based on comparisons between the study winners and a peer group of similar high-volume hospitals that were not winners, Thomson Reuters found that if all hospitals performed at the level of this year’s 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.
• The average patient stay would decrease by nearly half a day.

This analysis was based on the Medicare patients included in this study. If the same standards were applied to all inpatients, the impact would be even greater, according to Thomson Reuters.
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