St.Vincent Health honored as one of the 15 best health systems in nation

St.Vincent Health was identified in the Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals: 15 Top Health Systems study as one of 15 best health systems in the nation. The faith-based health system is the only one in Indiana and the Midwest to be honored in the large health system group.

The annual, quantitative study uses objective, independent research and public data sources, and aggregates individual hospital performance into system-level data.

Winners of the 15 Top Health Systems award outperformed other providers by:

  • Saving more lives and causing fewer patient complications
  • Following industry-recommended standards of care more closely
  • Making fewer patient safety errors
  • Releasing patients half a day sooner
  • Scoring better on overall patient satisfaction

St.Vincent Health, a 20-hospital system, is one of Indiana’s largest employers with more than 16,000 associates serving 47 counties in Central and Southern Indiana. The 130-year-old health system delivers high quality, compassionate care in service areas such as cardiovascular, women’s, children’s, neurosciences, cancer care, orthopedics, bariatrics, primary care, emergency medicine, imaging, general surgery and long-term acute care. In 2011, the faith-based health organization provided more than $191 million of charity care and community benefit.

The study included nearly every system with valid 2009 and 2010 Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) and 2011 Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare data. Key performance measures include: risk-adjusted mortality index; risk-adjusted complication index; risk-adjusted patient safety index; core measures mean percent; 30-day risk-adjusted mortality rate; 30-day risk-adjusted readmission rate; severity-adjusted average length of stay; and HCAHPS scores (patient rating of overall hospital performance).

Health systems honored in the Thomson Reuters 15 Top Health Systems study do not apply, and winners do not pay to market their respective awards.