News-Sentinel staff reports
Thursday, April 19, 2012 - 6:37 am
Lutheran Health Network is reporting that Dupont Hospital has been selected as one of the top 100 hospitals in the nation, as rated by Thomson Reuters.
According to a release from Lutheran Health Network, Dupont was one of only four hospitals in the state, and the only one in the region, to achieve this designation. This is the first time Dupont Hospital has received this honor.
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.
The winning hospitals were announced in this week's edition of Modern Healthcare magazine. Based on comparisons between the study winners and a peer group of similar high-volume hospitals that were not winners, the study found that if all hospitals performed at the level of this year's winners, more than 186,000 additional lives could be saved.
Thomson Reuters based this analysis on the Medicare patients included in the study, and its researchers evaluated 2,886 short-term, acute care, non-federal hospitals. They used public information including Medicare cost reports, Medicare Provider Analysis and Review, or MedPAR, data, and core measures and patient satisfaction data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Hospital Compare website.