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Christ Hospital Named One of Nation's Best

The Christ Hospital was named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals by IBM Watson Health, a leading provider of data-driven analytics and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare, according to a news release.

“We are very pleased to be recognized for the exceptional work performed by our talented physicians, nurses, caregivers and staff. Our mission is to improve the health of our community and to create patient value by providing exceptional outcomes, the finest patient experiences, and affordable care, and our teams are passionately pursuing this mission each day,” said Mike Keating, President and CEO of The Christ Hospital Health Network.

Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals award winners demonstrate that quality care and operational efficiency can often be achieved simultaneously, a factor that is growing in importance as value-based payment models gain momentum.

According to Watson Health, the following are key performance measures in which 100 Top Hospitals showed the most significant outperformance versus non-winning peer group hospitals:

  • Better Survival Rates: Overall, 100 Top Hospitals winners achieved survival rates that were 26 percentage points better than those of peer hospitals.
  • Fewer Complications and Infections: Patients at winning hospitals experienced 13.4 percent fewer complications and 18.7 percent fewer healthcare-associated infections than peer group hospitals.
  • Shorter Length of Stay: Winning hospitals had a median severity-adjusted length of stay that was nearly one half-day shorter (0.4) than peers.
  • Shorter Emergency Department Wait Times: Overall, winning hospitals delivered median emergency department wait times that were 17 minutes shorter than those of peer group hospitals.
  • Lower Inpatient Expenses: Average inpatient costs per discharge were seven percent lower (a difference of $460 per discharge) at 100 Top Hospitals versus peer group hospitals.
  • Higher Profit Overall Margins: Winning hospitals maintained a median operating profit margin that was 10.6 percentage points higher than peer group hospitals.
  • Higher Patient Satisfaction: Overall hospital experience, as measured by the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS), was rated 3.4 percent higher for winning hospitals than peer group hospitals.

The IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals winners outperformed peer group hospitals on all 11 clinical and operational performance benchmarks evaluated in the study: risk-adjusted inpatient mortality index, risk-adjusted complications index, mean healthcare-associated infection index, mean 30-day risk-adjusted mortality rate, mean 30-day risk-adjusted readmission rate, severity-adjusted length of stay, mean emergency department throughput, case mix- and wage-adjusted inpatient expense per discharge, Medicare spend per beneficiary index, adjusted operating profit margin, and HCAHPS score.

To conduct the 100 Top Hospitals study, IBM Watson Health researchers evaluated 2,740 short-term, acute care, non-federal hospitals. All research was based on the following public data sets: 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 website. Hospitals do not apply for awards, and winners do not pay to market this honor.

-Staff report