Munson Health
Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - Munson Medical Center Named 100 Top Hospital for 14th Time

Munson Medical Center Named Among
100 Top Hospitals for 14th Time
The hospital is one of just two nationally who have been recognized as often
Munson Medical Center received recognition as one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals for 2011 – the 14th time the hospital has achieved the award.
Munson Healthcare affiliated hospital Mercy Hospital Cadillac also was recognized for the third time.
There were 2,886 hospitals nationwide included in the study released annually by Thomson Reuters, a health care information and solutions company in Ann Arbor, Mich. The rankings are based on overall organizational performance.
“To achieve a top 100 ranking is never easy. To receive it in the current health care environment is outstanding,” said Ed Ness, President and CEO of Munson Healthcare and Munson Medical Center. “2011 brought with it some significant challenges. This award reflects the continued day-to-day efforts of our physicians, staff, and volunteers, as well as the leadership provided by board members. I thank and applaud them all.”
Munson Medical Center has been named to the 100 Top Hospitals list eight consecutive years and more times than any other hospital in Michigan. Just one other hospital nationally has been recognized as often.
Munson Medical Center received the 100 Top Hospitals award in 1993, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and now in 2011. The hospital also was named the American Hospital Association - McKesson Quest for Quality Prize winner in 2008. Only one hospital in the nation receives this yearly award. It also received Thomson Reuter’s Everest Award as a benchmark hospital in 2008 and 2009.
Mercy Hospital Cadillac received the award in 2009, 2010, and 2011.
The 100 Top Hospitals designation is an objective, data-driven award that recognizes hospitals that successfully balance quality of care with operational and financial performance. Thomson Reuters this year looked at 10 performance areas, including mortality, medical complications, patient safety, average length of 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.
In past years, Midwest hospitals have had strong representation on the list. But that has shifted this year with Munson Medical Center standing at the top of this year’s list and perennial members NorthShore University Health System in Evanston, Ill., Advocate Luther General Hospital in Park Ridge, Ill., and Mayo Clinic-Rochester, Minn., not recognized this year.
“This year, the concentration of 100 Top Hospitals award winners has shifted, 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.”
Thomson Reuters makes its evaluations using public information from Medicare cost reports, Medicare Provider Analysis and Review, and core measures and patient satisfaction data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare data set.
The highest performance levels in patient safety were achieved by the 100 hospitals in the study. The hospitals also delivered the highest balanced performance across quality, efficiency, and financial stability.
If all Medicare patients had received the same level of care as patients at the top 100 benchmark hospitals:
-- More than 186,000 additional lives would have been saved.
-- Approximately 56,000 other patients could be complication free.
-- More than $4.3 billion could be saved.
-- The average length of stay would decrease by nearly half a day.
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