Study names St. Joseph Mercy Livingston one of nation’s top hospitals

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St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor and St. Joseph Mercy Livingston have been named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Truven Health Analytics®, part of the IBM Watson HealthTM business.

In addition, both hospitals were named one of 10 national award winners that earned its Everest award, honoring hospitals that have achieved both the highest current performance and the fastest long-term improvement over five years.

“This prestigious recognition demonstrates our vision to deliver the highest quality and highest value care for our patients, and reflects the dedication of our physicians, nurses and all St. Joe’s colleagues,” said David Brooks, president of St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor and Livingston hospitals. “We’re thrilled for both of these hospitals to be identified as the best and most reliable hospitals in the country through this respected organization.”

The Truven Health 100 Top Hospitals is the most comprehensive, academically driven study of its kind. It evaluates clinical and operational performance in 11 areas, addressing: inpatient mortality, 30-day mortality rate, complications, core measures, 30-day risk-adjusted readmission rate, severity-adjusted average length of stay, mean emergency room throughput, inpatient expense per discharge, Medicare spend per beneficiary, adjusted operating profit margin and Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) score (patient rating of overall hospital performance). The study has been conducted annually since 1993.

St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor has been recognized with this honor for the ninth time and sixth consecutive year (1996, 1999, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017), and this is the third year that St. Joseph Mercy Livingston has received this award (2009, 2011, 2017). This is the second consecutive year St. Joe’s Ann Arbor was honored with the Everest Award, and the first time for St. Joe’s Livingston.

“It is very exciting to be recognized not only among the 100 top hospitals in the country but also among the 10 best for fastest long-term improvement,” said John O’Malley, president, St. Joseph Mercy Livingston.

St. Joseph Mercy Livingston is nearing completion of its Transformation project to  upgrade St. Joseph Mercy Livingston hospital and develop a short stay center for overnight stays at St. Joseph Mercy Brighton health center to ensure its Livingston facilities — the only hospital and emergency rooms in the county — are well-designed to meet the needs of Livingston County.

Based on the results of this year’s study, if all Medicare inpatients received the same level of care as those treated in the award-winning facilities:

• Nearly than 89,000 additional lives could be saved
• Over 61,000 additional patients could be complication-free
• Over $5.6 billion in inpatient costs could be saved
• The average patient stay would decrease by half a day
• Over 300,000 fewer discharged patients would be readmitted within 30 days
• Patients would spend nine minutes less in hospital emergency departments per visit.

“The hospital industry’s ongoing transition from fee-for-service to value-based care appears to be bearing some positive results for both patients and payers,” said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president at Truven Health Analytics. “The magnitude of improvement we’ve observed over the last five years is greater than any other five-year period we’ve tracked. On top of that, this year’s winners have reached new highs in performance in comparison to peers across the country, which suggests that improvement in value from hospitals is likely to continue.”

The winning hospitals were announced in the March 6th edition of Modern Healthcare magazine.
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For more information, visit http://www.100tophospitals.com/.

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