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Thomson Reuters Names its 100 Top Hospitals for 2011

18 May
Thomson Reuters has released its Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals list for 2011. Far from being an arbitrary award, the top 100 hospital are run so well that researchers say if all Medicare inpatients received the same level of care as those in the top 100 hospitals, the following would happen:
– Almost 116,000 additional patients would survive every year.
– Over 197,000 patient health complications could be avoided each year.
– Expense per adjusted discharge would drop by $462.
– The average patient stay would decrease by half a day.
"This year’s 100 Top Hospitals award winners have delivered exemplary results, despite volatility from healthcare reform," said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president at Thomson Reuters. "The leadership teams at these organizations have dealt with enormous ambiguity, yet remained focused on mission and excellence across the hospital which drove national benchmarks to new highs."
In order to come up with their 100 Top Hospitals, Thomson Reuters researchers evaluated 2,914 short-term, acute care, non-federal hospitals. They used public information from 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. 
The Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals were picked based on the evaluation of 10 performance areas at each hospital: 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 hospitals were broken down into groups. So, for the sake of brevity, here are five winners from each category (go to for the complete list):
Major Teaching Hospitals
– Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center – Chicago, Illinois
– Advocate Lutheran General Hospital – Park Ridge, Illinois
– Baystate Medical Center – Springfield, Massachusetts
– Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center – Boston, Massachusetts
– Brigham and Women’s Hospital – Boston, Massachusetts
Teaching Hospitals
– Aultman Hospital – Canton, Ohio
– Beaumont Hospital, Troy – Troy, Michigan
– Bronson Methodist Hospital – Kalamazoo, Michigan
– Bryn Mawr Hospital – Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
– Carle Foundation Hospital – Urbana, Illinois
Large Community Hospitals 
– Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital – Downers Grove, Illinois
– Allegiance Health – Jackson, Michigan
– Baylor All Saints Medical Center at Fort Worth – Fort Worth, Texas
– Beverly Hospital – Beverly, Massachusetts
– Boone Hospital Center – Columbia, Missouri
Medium Community Hospitals
– Augusta Health – Fisherville, Virginia
– Aurora Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center – Sheboygan, Wisconsin
– Blanchard Valley Hospital – Findlay, Ohio
– Cleveland Clinic Florida – Weston, Florida
– Columbus Regional Hospital – Columbus, Indiana
Small Community Hospitals
– Andalusia Regional Hospital – Andalusia, Alabama
– American Fork Hospital – American Fork, Utah
– Baylor Medical Center at Waxahachie – Waxahachie, Texas
– Central Michigan Community Hospital – Mount Pleasant, Michigan
– Flaget Memorial Hospital – Bardstown, Kentucky