Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

Parkview Huntington wins Top 100, fifth time

Posted: Thursday, March 9, 2017

Parkview Huntington Hospital has achieved a remarkable milestone, being named as one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® for the fifth time by Truven Health Analytics®, part of the IBM Watson Health™ business. Truven Health Analytics is a leading provider of information and solutions that support healthcare cost and quality improvement.

This is the fifth year overall – and the fourth consecutive year – that the hospital has been selected for the distinction, which recognizes hospitals and leadership teams across the nation that are innovating to transform the healthcare environment and provide the highest level of value to their communities. Hospitals do not apply for consideration for the honor.

Parkview Huntington, an award-winner in the Small Community Hospital category, is one of two Parkview Health hospitals honored by Truven Health Analytics. Parkview Regional Medical Center also received a 100 Top Hospitals award, its third, in the Teaching Hospital category. Winning hospitals were announced in the March 6, 2017, edition of Modern Healthcare magazine. Parkview Huntington Hospital was among several hospitals featured in the article listing the 100 Top Hospitals.

According to Truven Health, the 100 Top Hospitals study is the most comprehensive, academically driven study of its kind. It evaluates clinical and operational performance in 11 areas, addressing: inpatient mortality, 30-day mortality rate, complications, core measures, 30-day risk-adjusted readmission rate, severity-adjusted average length of stay, mean emergency room throughput, inpatient expense per discharge, Medicare spend per beneficiary, adjusted operating profit margin and Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) score (patient rating of overall hospital performance). This is the 24th year of the study, for which data from 2,740 hospitals were included.

Compared to their peer hospitals, winning hospitals: had better survival rates; fewer patient complications; followed accepted care protocols for stroke care and blood clot prevention; lower 30-day mortality and readmission rates; lower inpatient expenses and Medicare spend for beneficiary episode costs; rated higher by patients than were peer hospitals. Patients treated at 100 Top Hospitals: Returned home sooner and spent less time in the emergency department.

Hospitals are ranked in five categories by size and teaching/non-teaching hospital status. Parkview Huntington Hospital was one of 20 award winners in the Small Community Hospital category (25 to 99 beds), which encompassed 846 hospitals. Of the 20 winners in that category, only four other hospitals have won the award as many times as Parkview Huntington Hospital; none of those hospitals is located in Indiana.

“It is exciting to reach the five-year mark in achieving 100 Top Hospitals distinction,” said Juli Johnson, president, Parkview Huntington Hospital. “Day in and day out, Parkview Huntington co-workers deliver compassionate, personalized and consistently excellent care to our patients. This recognition from Truven Health is a wonderful validation of our clinical performance, teamwork and operational efficiency. It also shows Huntington County residents that we are absolutely patient-focused in everything we do.”

Based on the study, Truven Health projects that, if all hospitals in the nation performed at the level of this year's winners: Nearly 89,000 additional lives could be saved in hospital. More than 61,000 additional patients could be complication-free. Over $5.6 billion in inpatient costs could be saved. The average patient stay would decrease by half day, and the typical patient would have two percent fewer expenses related to the complete episode of care than the median patient in the nation.

“The hospital industry’s ongoing transition from fee-for-service to value-based care appears to be bearing some positive results for both patients and payers,” said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president, Truven Health Analytics. “The magnitude of improvement we’ve observed over the last five years is greater than any other five-year period we’ve tracked. On top of that, this year’s winners have reached new highs in performance in comparison to peers across the country, which suggests that improvement in value from hospitals is likely to continue.”

To conduct the 100 Top Hospitals study, Truven Health uses quantifiable public data sources to ensure consistency of definitions and data, and maintain the study’s high level of integrity. More information on this study and other 100 Top Hospitals research is available at 100tophospitals.com.