ATLANTA, Ga. (June 14, 2011)— Piedmont Healthcare has ranked among the top quintile in the nation according to a recent study by Thompson Reuters, which uses independent and objective research to guide hospital and health system performance. Piedmont Healthcare is one of 57 systems in the United States and the only Georgia healthcare system to rank in the top 20 percent of the 285 health systems evaluated nationwide as part of the 10 Top Health Systems Study.
“This ranking is a testament to the collaboration among our hospitals to create a culture that places patient care and safety first,” says R. Timothy Stack, president and CEO of Piedmont Healthcare. “The Thompson Reuters study focuses on many of the factors that matter most to patients. Hospitals ranked in the top quintile measured better survival rates and fewer patient complications. The average length of stay for patients is also shorter, with better long term outcomes.”
The Thomson Reuters 10 Top Health Systems study identifies the 10 best health systems in the nation. Thomson Reuters also released a list of the top quintile, totaling 57 systems. This annual, quantitative study uses objective, independent research and public data sources. Health systems that win this award outperformed their peers by providing better care, following standards of care more closely, saving more lives, creating fewer patient complications, making fewer patient safety errors, and earning better overall patient satisfaction scores.
Leaders at these top systems highlight the opportunity to build system-level quality initiatives and a culture that increases value to patients and communities. Health systems do not apply, and winners do not pay to market their award.
Thomson Reuters evaluated 285 health systems, comprising 1,944 hospitals, with an average of 6.8 hospitals per system. Thomson Reuters evaluated these health systems on eight measures of clinical quality, efficiency and patient satisfaction.
Key performance measures considered in the study were risk-adjusted mortality index, risk-adjusted complications 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 score (patient rating of overall hospital performance).
For more information on the 10 Top Health Systems Study by Thomson Reuters, visit 100tophospitals.com. For more information on Piedmont Healthcare, visit piedmont.org.