Guthrie Healthcare System (GHS) was recently notified by Thomson Reuters that it had been named one of the 50 best performing health care systems in the U.S. A total of 225 health care systems met the criteria to be included in the analysis.
"It is an honor to be selected as one of the top 50 health care systems in the country," states Mark Stensager, GHS President & CEO. "This is quite an achievement and is a testament to the dedication and skill of Guthrie physicians and staff." This is the second year that Thomson Reuters has conducted the health system analysis. GHS has been named to this elite list of top 50 health systems both years.
The study was conducted by researchers from the Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals program. They analyzed the quality and efficiency of qualifying health systems and found statistically significant differences between top and bottom performers in several key areas.
Compare with the poorest performers, the best-performing quintile (top 50) had 16 percent lower mortality, 18 percent fewer medical complications, and 16 percent fewer patient safety incidents – even though their patients were sicker and their average hospital stays were significantly shorter.
"The development of national benchmarks provides health system boards and leaders with an objective assessment of the care provided to their communities and patients, relative to others across the nation," said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president for performance improvement and 100 Top Hospitals programs at Thomson Reuters.
The study looked at eight metrics that gauge clinical quality and efficiency: mortality, medical complications, patient safety, average length of stay, 30-day mortality rate, 30-day readmission rate, adherence to clinical standards of care (evidence-based core measures published by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services [CMS]), and HCAHPS patient survey score (part of a national initiative sponsored by the United States Department of Health and Human Services to measure the quality of care in hospitals).
The study relied on public date from the 2007 and 2008 Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) data and the CMS Hospital Compare data sets.
Researchers from the Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals program have analyzed and reported on the performance of individual hospitals since 1993. This newest study is the second that assesses the relative quality and efficiency of inpatient care by health systems as single entities.