Four metro Detroit hospitals among nation's top 100

Posted on February 25, 2013

Eight hospitals in Michigan, including four in metro Detroit, were honored by Ann Arbor-based Truven Health Analytics in a list recognizing the nation’s top 100 hospitals.

Southfield-based St. John Providence Hospital and Medical Center, Ann Arbor-based St. Joseph Mercy Hospital and the University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers in Ann Arbor were listed in the major-teaching category, which highlights hospitals with 400 or more beds and high levels of physician education and research.

Providence and St. Joseph Mercy have made the list for five years, and the UM Hospitals and Health Centers for eight.

Beaumont Hospital in Troy was listed in the teaching hospitals category, for those that have 200 or more acute-care beds.

St. Joseph-based Lakeland Regional Medical Center landed on the list for the first time in the large-community hospitals category, for those with 250 or more acute-care beds.

Holland Hospital placed in the medium-size community hospitals category and has made the list eight years now.

Two hospitals won in the small community category: Mercy Hospital in Grayling and Spectrum Health United Hospital in Greenville.

Seventeen hospitals on the list this year won an Everest Award, which recognized hospitals that achieved the highest current performance and fastest long-term improvement over five years, including UM Hospitals and Health Centers and Mercy Hospital in Grayling.

Truven evaluated a hospital’s performance using 10 measures: mortality; medical complications; patient safety; core measures mean percent; 30-day risk-adjusted mortality rate for acute myocardial infarction, heart failure and pneumonia; readmission rate for acute myocardial infarction, heart failure and pneumonia; average patient stay; case mix- and wage-adjusted inpatient expense per discharge; profitability; and patient satisfaction.

The top 100 hospitals study has been published for 20 consecutive years. Researchers reviewed data on nearly 3,000 hospitals.

Truven said in the study that if every Medicare inpatient received the same level of care as those treated in this year’s winners, more than 164,000 additional lives could be saved. Also:

  • Nearly 82,000 additional patients could have been complication-free.
  • $6 billion in unnecessary health care expenses could have been saved.
  • The typical patient stay would have decreased by half a day.

The study noted that if the standards of top-honored hospitals were applied to all inpatients and not just Medicare patients, the impact would be greater.

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Ryan Felton, Crain’s Detroit Business.