Cedar Rapids, IOWA— UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s Hospital was named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals by IBM Watson HealthTM. Formerly known as the Truven Health Analytics® 100 Top Hospitals, this study spotlights the top-performing hospitals in the U.S. list based on a balanced scorecard of publicly available clinical, operational and patient satisfaction metrics and data.
The Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals® study uses independent and objective research to analyze hospital and health system 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.
This is the seventh time St. Luke’s has been recognized with this honor.
“Receiving this award is proof St. Luke’s providers, nurses and other team members are providing high quality health care at a low cost with great patient and family experiences,” said Ted Townsend, St. Luke’s Hospital President and CEO. “Being a seven-time winner of this prestigious award is a testament to the commitment, skill and experience of the health care providers, nurses and staff working at St. Luke’s.”
Based on the results of this year’s study, we extrapolate that if all Medicare inpatients received the same level of care as those treated in the award-winning facilities:
- More than 102,000 additional lives could be saved;
- More than 43,000 additional patients could be complication-free;
- More than $4.4 billion in inpatient costs could be saved;
- Approximately 200,000 fewer discharged patients would be readmitted within 30 days;
“The country’s best hospitals have proven that an unrelenting focus on quality, supported by constant measurement against peer performance benchmarks, can drive improved outcomes while reducing costs and growing profit margins,” said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president, 100 Top Hospitals Programs, IBM Watson Health. “Congratulations to this 25th anniversary class of 100 Top Hospitals who have helped raise the bar for healthcare in the U.S. and improve the healthcare experiences of the people in their communities.”
The winning hospitals were announced in the March 5th edition of Modern Healthcare magazine.
For more information, visit www.100tophospitals.com.
About UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s Hospital®
UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s Hospital is a fully accredited 532-bed hospital serving a five-county area surrounding Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Founded in 1884 as Cedar Rapids’ first hospital, today it offers a wide range of patient care services with strengths in cardiac care, obstetrics, neonatology, pediatrics, rehabilitation, behavioral health, general surgery, trauma care and senior services. St. Luke’s is nationally recognized seven times as a Top 100 and is also a Magnet Hospital.
About IBM Watson Health
Watson Health is a business unit of IBM that is dedicated to the development and implementation of cognitive and data-driven technologies to advance health. Watson Health technologies are tackling a wide range of the world’s biggest healthcare challenges including cancer, diabetes, drug discovery and more. Learn more at ibm.com/watson/health.