Northwestern Memorial Honored as one of the Nation's 100 Top Hospitals
Thomson Reuters National Benchmarks study examined the performance of 3,000 acute-care hospitals
Northwestern Memorial has been recognized by Thomson Reuters as being among the nation’s 100 top hospitals for 2008.
The 100 Top Hospitals list is compiled based on results of the annual Thomson Reuters National Benchmarks study which examines the overall performance of a hospital by evaluating nine areas: mortality, medical complications, patient safety, average length of stay, expenses, profitability, cash-to-debt ratio, patient satisfaction and adherence to clinical standards of care. Thomson Reuters evaluated 3,000 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 data set.
According to Thomson Reuters, if all Medicare inpatients received the same level of care as patients treated in the winning hospitals:
- More than 107,500 additional patients would survive each year
- Nearly 132,000 patient complications would be avoided annually
- Expenses would decline by $5.9 billion a year
- The average patient stay would decrease by nearly half a day
For a full list of the award winners, visit http://www.100tophospitals.com/top-national-hospitals/.
Kris Lathan, Director
Northwestern Memorial Hospital