Big Michigan Health Care System Gets Top 5 Score
May 04, 2016
Spectrum Health was named one of the nation’s top five large health systems by Truven Health Analytics, which reviewed performance measures in quality, safety and patient satisfaction.
This is the fifth time since 2010 that Spectrum Health has placed in the survey’s top 15, according to a news release from Spectrum Health on Tuesday, April 26. This year’s study included 338 health systems with 2,912 hospitals.
Spectrum Health’s Butterworth and Blodgett hospitals also were ranked among the nation’s top 100 teaching hospitals. Mercy Health Saint Mary’s Hospital also was included among the nation’s top 100 teaching hospitals.
Zeeland Community Hospital, also part of Spectrum Health, was named in the top 100 list for small community hospitals.
The Truven Health 15 Top Health Systems study evaluates performance in eight key areas: mortality, medical complications, patient safety, average length of stay, 30-day mortality rate, 30-day readmission rate, adherence to clinical standards of care and patient survey score.
Key findings in the study included:
- Better survival rates: The top-performing 5 top health systems experienced 2 percent fewer deaths than peer-group hospitals.
- Lower 30-day mortality rates: Top-performing systems’ 30-day mortality rates were lower than peer systems, and smaller-sized systems outperformed their peers by the widest margin.
- Fewer complications: Patients of the top-performing systems had 3 percent fewer complications than patients in other systems.
- Shorter hospital stays: Patients treated in the top-performing hospitals had a median average length of stay of 4.5 days, over half a day shorter than their peers’ median of 5.0 days.
- Better patient safety and core measure adherence: The top health systems had 8 percent fewer adverse patient safety events than expected, given the case mix of the particular hospital and had better adherence to core measures of care than their peers.
“Spectrum Health is honored to be recognized as one of the top five large health systems in the country. To receive this commendation five times is quite an achievement,” said Richard C. Breon, Spectrum Health’s president and CEO.
“This hard-won recognition is a reflection of the integrated work our hospitals, physicians and health plan are doing across our entire system to improve the health of the communities we serve.”
Spectrum Health Hospital Group includes 12 hospitals, 178 ambulatory and service sites; more than 3,400 physicians and advanced practice providers, including about 1,400 members of the Spectrum Health Medical Group; and Priority Health, a health plan with about 721,000 members.
“This year’s health system winners are setting the national standard for higher quality, efficiency and patient perception of care, which together mean higher value for each community served,” said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president for performance improvement and 100 Top Hospitals programs at Truven Health Analytics.
“These systems have strong leadership and clinical excellence. And they are, or stand to become, outstanding partners with employers and other stakeholders in setting goals for improving community health.”
The top performing health systems were announced in the April 25th edition of Modern Healthcare magazine. More information on this study and other 100 Top Hospitals research is available at www.100tophospitals.com.