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April 16, 2012

Thomson-Reuters Top 100 Hospitals

Sarasota, FL -  Doctors Hospital of Sarasota was today named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals ® by Thomson Reuters, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare.

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.

“We are thrilled to bring this prestigious award to the Sarasota community,” says Robert Meade, CEO, Doctors Hospital of Sarasota. “We are proud to be recognized again for our continual improvement and high standards of patient care and satisfaction.”

In addition to being named among the Top 100 in the nation, Doctors Hospital also received the Everest Award. Everest winners are both a 100 Top Hospital current performance winner and one of the 100 most improved hospitals on their five-year trend performance. 

To conduct the 100 Top Hospitals study, Thomson Reuters researchers evaluated 2,886 short-term, acute care, non-federal hospitals. They used public information — 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. Hospitals do not apply, and winners do not pay to market this honor.

“This year, the concentration of 100 Top Hospitals award winners has shifted significantly, with Texas, Florida, and California housing the most winners,” said Jean Chenoweth, Senior Vice President at Thomson Reuters.  ”A major change in performance geographically is an encouraging indication that the bar for quality care has been raised once again.”

Based on comparisons between the study winners and a peer group of similar high-volume hospitals that were not winners, we found that if all hospitals performed at the level of this year’s winners:

  • More than 186,000 additional lives could be saved.
  • Approximately 56,000 additional patients could be complication-free.
  • More than $4.3 billion could be saved.
  • The average patient stay would decrease by nearly half a day.

We based this analysis on the Medicare patients included in this study. If the same standards were applied to all inpatients, the impact would be even greater.


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