Alegent Creighton Health honored among nation's top 15 health systems
Article Date: Apr 16, 2013
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Truven Health Analytics Top 15 Health SystemsOMAHA, Neb. - Alegent Creighton Health has been named one of the top five mid-sized health systems, and one of the nation's top 15 health systems, by Truven Health Analytics, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare. This is the first time that Alegent Creighton Health has been named to the health system list.

Researchers from the Truven Health Analytics 100 Top Hospitals® program analyzed the clinical quality and efficiency of 328 health systems, including a total of 95 mid-sized health systems, to identify the top 15.

"When you have an organization that values quality and safety, and when you constantly reinforce the importance of that and put it into practice, it becomes the fabric of the organization," said Richard A. Hachten II, president and chief executive officer of Alegent Creighton Health. "Our employees have earned this honor. Each day, they are all committed to providing our patients with high-quality care throughout our health system."

Compared with health systems in their category (small, medium or large), the top five health systems in each category posted an 11.6 percent advantage on the patient-safety index; a 6.4 percent shorter average length of stay and 3.4 percent lower overall mortality rates.

A care management program, initiated by Alegent Creighton Health, has shown to reduce patient readmissions and improve patient satisfaction. Caregivers utilize an evidence-based formula to determine if a patient is at risk of being readmitted after discharge from the hospital. Care managers then contact those at-risk patients while they are still in the hospital and then after they return home to verify that they understand their discharge instructions, make their follow-up appointments and take their prescriptions correctly.

Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president for performance improvement and 100 Top Hospitals® program at Truven Health Analytics, said that "the winners are really the people who live in the communities Alegent Creighton Health hospitals serve. A winner of the 15 Top Health Systems award is an organization that provides high-quality care." Chenoweth added that as "health systems move further into healthcare reform, consistency of hospital and physician outcomes in every community served is the holy grail."

Researchers evaluated U.S. health systems with two or more short-term, general, non-federal hospitals; cardiac and orthopedic hospitals; and critical access hospitals in the study. Eight metrics that gauge clinical quality and efficiency were assessed: mortality rate, 30-day readmission rate, adherence to clinical standards of care (evidence-based core measures published by 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 data from the 2010 and 2011 Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) data and the CMS Hospital Compare data sets. Researchers from Truven Health Analytics, formerly the Healthcare business of Thomson Reuters, has analyzed and reported on the performance of individual hospitals since 1993. This is the fifth year for the 15 Top Health Systems program.

The top health systems were announced in the April 15th edition of Modern Healthcare magazine. In February, Truven Health Analytics named Alegent Creighton Health Immanuel Medical Center as one the country's 100 Top Hospitals®.

Alegent Creighton Health

With a commitment to providing high-quality care and an exceptional patient experience, Alegent Creighton Health physicians and employees are focused on caring for the body, mind and spirit of every person. Patients find a continuum of care at Alegent Creighton Health, from primary care through geriatrics. Sponsored by Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), Alegent Creighton Health is the largest not-for-profit, faith-based healthcare provider in Nebraska and southwest Iowa with 11 acute care hospitals, a specialty spine hospital, freestanding inpatient psychiatric and skilled nursing facilities and more than 100 Alegent Creighton Clinic locations. As the primary teaching partner of Creighton University's health sciences schools, Alegent Creighton Health and Alegent Creighton Clinic are committed to teaching the health professionals of the future. For more information about Alegent Creighton Health, visit AlegentCreighton.com.


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