Little Company of Mary Hospital was named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Truven Health Analytics,TM a leading provider of data-driven analytics and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare.
The Truven Health 100 Top Hospitals® study identifies hospitals and leadership teams that provide the highest level of value to their communities, based on a national balanced scorecard. The 100 Top Hospitals balanced scorecard measures overall organizational performance across 11 key analytic measures including patient care, operational efficiency and financial stability. The study has been conducted annually since 1993. This is the first time Little Company of Mary Hospital has been recognized with this honor.
Little Company of Mary Hospital is committed to the safety of their patients that in 2013, they launched improvement initiatives across a number of nationally reported quality measures. To tackle 30-day readmissions, its leaders implemented a care-transition program hiring a nurse navigator to help prepare high-risk patients for the transition to their home environment. And in May 2014, the hospital launched a nurse-driven initiative to reduce catheter-associated urinary-tract infections by limiting the use of catheters. The quality team also works with the internal communications team to announce or disseminate these patient-safety campaigns.
“CMS provides hospitals their specific data and we drilled down into that data and what we learned is we need to make improvements to our venous thromboembolism rates,” said Cindy Deuser. The hospital already has set up a task force to address the issue, and is using a risk score to assess patients’ likelihood of developing the blood clots.
To conduct the 100 Top Hospitals study, Truven Health researchers evaluated close to 3,000 short-term, acute-care, nonfederal hospitals. Risk-adjusted methodologies were used to analyze public information — Medicare cost reports, Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MEDPAR) data, and core measures and patient satisfaction data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare reports. Hospitals do not apply, and winners do not pay to market this honor.
The winning hospitals were announced in the March 2, 2015, edition of Modern Healthcare magazine.
“This year’s 100 Top Hospitals represent the highest national standards in hospital care and management today. They set the benchmarks for peers around the country to follow consistently delivering outstanding quality of care, satisfaction and community value at a reasonable cost,” said Jean Chenoweth, Senior Vice President for Performance Improvement and the 100 Top Hospitals program at Truven Health Analytics. “The majority of the 2015 award winners have produced year-to-year performance improvement, as well. This speaks to the consistent focus on excellence by the entire organization and the men and women who serve patients.”
The study shows that if all hospitals in the U.S. performed at the level of this year’s winners:
- 126,471 additional lives could be saved
- 108,926 additional patients could be complication-free
- $1.8 billion in inpatient costs could be saved
- The average patient stay would decrease by half a day
- Episode-of-illness expense would be 2 percent lower than the peer average
More information on this study and other 100 Top Hospitals research is available at www.100tophospitals.com.
ABOUT LITTLE COMPANY OF MARY HOSPITAL
Little Company of Mary Hospital and Health Care Centers (www.LCMH.org), is a Catholic, not-for-profit hospital based in Evergreen Park. For 85 years, Little Company of Mary has a rich history of providing the community with nationally recognized, high-quality care. In 2014, Little Company of Mary completed its seven year Campus Transformation Project. The state-of-the-art West Pavilion patient tower allows the hospital to focus on its family-centered model and continue with their mission to care and provide the latest technology to heal. Little Company of Mary continues to achieve accolades for quality, provides new medical advances and offers a convenient range of services to our community. For more information about Little Company of Mary, please visit www.LCMH.org.
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