Guthrie's RPH and Corning Hospital receive national recognition for performance

Robert Packer Hospital one of 25 teaching hospitals nationally recognized for its progress in improving hospital-wide performance.

The facility has been named to the 2007 Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals®: Performance Improvement Leaders list published in the August 11, 2008, issue of Modern Healthcare.

Thomson Reuters, which provides information services to health care facilities, recognized the 100 hospitals across the country that have established national benchmarks for the rate and consistency of improvement in clinical outcomes, safety, hospital efficiency and financial stability during five consecutive years (2002-2006). The designation directly recognizes the work of hospital senior management teams, boards of directors, physicians and staff.

Hospitals were placed into one of five different categories based on bed size and the existence of teaching programs. RPH was one of 25 hospitals in the Teaching Hospital category named to the 2007 list, and has the distinction of being the only hospital in the nation to have been awarded this recognition four or more times. The study ranked the hospital at the 99th percentile within its peer group.

"Receiving this recognition more times than any other hospital in the country is a wonderful achievement, one that reflects the commitment to a culture of continuous improvement at Robert Packer Hospital," states Marie Droege, FACHE, RPH President and COO. "Providing high quality patient care in an effective and efficient manner requires the cooperation and collaboration of every member of the hospital team."

Guthrie's other acute care facility, Corning Hospital, Corning, NY, was named to the 2007 Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals®: Performance Improvement Leaders list in the Small Community Hospital category.

"This is an exciting moment for Guthrie acute care hospitals," states Mark Stensager, Guthrie Healthcare System CEO. "We are thrilled for the staff at Robert Packer for their singular accomplishment. And, we are equally proud of the work of the physicians and staff at Corning Hospital."

Corning Hospital was one of only 20 similarly-sized facilities in the country to have been selected from the 921 small community hospitals that met the Thomson Reuters study criteria. This is the first year that Corning Hospital received this distinction. It also ranked at the 99th percentile within its peer group.

"This study identifies superior leadership, based on the success of hospital executive teams' long-term strategies for strengthening performance," said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president for performance improvement and 100 Top Hospitals programs at Thomson Reuters.

"These are true ‘Good to Great' leadership teams that have focused on improving quality, efficiency, use of evidence-based medicine, and financial stability in order to better serve their patients and communities."

The Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals: Performance Improvement Leaders study analyzed acute care hospitals nationwide using detailed empirical performance data, including publicly available Medicare MedPAR data, Medicare cost reports, and Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) outpatient data.

The study rated hospitals on eight factors: patient mortality, medical complications, patient safety, length of stay, expenses, profitability, cash-to-debt ratio, and use of evidence-based medicine. Researchers evaluated 2,867 acute care hospitals that met Thomson Reuters' eligibility criteria.