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. The study has been conducted annually since 1993.
Carle is among only four hospitals in Illinois to receive this recognition, down from 12 hospitals recognized in 2011. Of the four in the state, Carle is the only hospital in downstate and outside of the Chicago area in Illinois to receive distinction as a 100 Top Hospital for 2012.
“This is a tremendous honor that reflects on the quality of our providers and staff,” said James C. Leonard, MD, president and chief executive officer, The Carle Foundation. “We’re happy to be among some of the most elite hospitals in the nation.”
Carle continues to implement initiatives aimed at improving quality of care at every level. These initiatives include adherence to national evidence-based care measures, preventing hospital-acquired infections, improving patient safety, reducing cost from ineffective treatments and helping patients achieve better outcomes. Earlier this year, Carle was named a Top Performing Hospital in the Premier healthcare alliance’s national QUEST collaborative, a U.S. News & World Report Best Regional Hospital, one of Becker’s Hospital Review’s 100 Great Hospitals of 2012, and was the #1 hospital in Illinois for cardiology services by HealthGrades.
As the primary educational facility for the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Urbana and with residencies in Family Medicine and General Surgery, Carle’s recognition ranks among some of the best teaching hospitals from across the nation, including facilities located in Indianapolis, Ind., La Jolla, Calif., Nashville, Tenn., Houston, Texas, and Richmond, Va.
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 for this award, and winners do not pay to market this honor.
The winning hospitals were announced in the April 16 edition of Modern Healthcare magazine.
If all Medicare inpatients received the same level of care as those treated in the award-winning facilities:
- 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.
If the same standards were applied to all inpatients, the impact would be even greater.
More information on this study and other 100 Top Hospitals research is available at www.100tophospitals.com.