For immediate release: March 2014
NORTHAMPTON -Cooley Dickinson Hospital was named this week as one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® http://www.100tophospitals.com/ by Truven Health AnalyticsTM, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare. In addition, CDH is one of 14 organizations in the country, and the only one in Massachusetts, to earn The Everest Award.
The Truven Health 100 Top Hospitals® study identifies hospitals and leadership teams that provide the highest level of value to their communities, based on a national balanced scorecard. The 100 Top Hospitals balanced scorecard measures hospital performance across 10 areas: mortality; inpatient complications; patient safety; average patient stay; expenses; profitability; patient satisfaction; adherence to clinical standards of care; and post-discharge mortality and readmission rates for acute myocardial infarction (heart attack), heart failure, and pneumonia.
The study has been conducted annually since 1993. This is the first time Cooley Dickinson Hospital has been recognized with the Truven Top 100 Hospitals honor. The Everest Award honors hospitals that have achieved both the highest current performance and the fastest long-term improvement on Truven’s national balance scorecard over five years.
The national trade publication Modern Healthcare interviewed Chief Medical Officer Mark Novotny, MD, about the Top 100 Hospitals honor. In the interview, he credited the success of physicians and staff with their efforts to reduce mortality and infections as examples of initiatives that led to Cooley Dickinson being named to the list for the first time.
He specifically cited our 1,000 days without a ventilator-associated pneumonia and reduction in sepsis mortality, both efforts that involved interdisciplinary teams to identify and put in place improvements in the processes of care to produce better outcomes.
For the 100 Top Hospitals® study, Truven Health researchers analyzed public information — Medicare cost reports, Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) data, and core measures and patient satisfaction data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare website.
The winning hospitals were announced in the March 3, 2014, edition of Modern Healthcare magazine.
“This year’s 100 Top Hospitals represent the highest national standards in hospital care and management today. They set the benchmarks for peers around the country to follow — consistently delivering outstanding quality of care, satisfaction, and community value at a reasonable cost,” said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president for performance improvement and the 100 Top Hospitals® program at Truven Health Analytics.
Acting President Matthew Pitoniak commended the efforts of Cooley Dickinson staff to provide ever-better quality of care that earns such national recognition as the Top 100 Hospitals.
The study shows that if all hospitals in the U.S. performed at the level of this year's winners:
Nearly 165,000 additional lives could be saved
Nearly 90,000 additional patients could be complication-free
More than $5.4 billion could be saved
The average patient stay would decrease by half a day
More information on this study and other 100 Top Hospitals research is available at 100tophospitals.com.
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