Alegent Creighton Health Again Honored Among Nation's Top 15 Health Systems

Article Date: Jun 1, 2014
Media Contact: Jodi Hoatson
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OMAHA, Neb. – For the second consecutive year, Alegent Creighton Health has been named one of the nation’s 15 Top Health Systems®, by Truven Health Analytics, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare. Alegent Creighton Health is the only system in Nebraska or Iowa to be named to the list.

Researchers from the Truven Health Analytics 100 Top Hospitals® program analyzed the clinical quality and efficiency of 338 health systems, including a total of 104 mid-sized health systems, to identify the top 15.

“It is a great honor for this organization to be measured against our peers and be told that we are one of the top 15 health systems in the nation,” said Cliff Robertson, M.D., president and chief executive officer of Alegent Creighton Health and the Network. “I’m proud of our entire team for giving patients the best healthcare value by providing high-quality care while working to lower costs. This recognition sends a strong message that we are doing what’s best for our patients throughout our health system.”

Truven Health Analytics researchers analyzed 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 website.

"This year's health system winners are setting the national standard for higher quality, efficiency and patient perception of care, which together mean higher value for each community served,” said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president for performance improvement and 100 Top Hospitals® programs at Truven Health Analytics. "These systems have strong leadership and clinical excellence. And they are, or stand to become, outstanding partners with employers and other stakeholders in setting goals for improving community health.”

Among the key findings in the study were the following:

  • Better Survival Rates: The winning 15 top health systems experienced 2-percent fewer deaths than non-winning peer-group hospitals.
  • Lower 30-Day Mortality Rates: Winning systems’ 30-day mortality rates were lower than peer systems’, and smaller-sized winning systems outperformed their peers by the widest margin.
  • Fewer Complications: Patients of the winning health systems had 3-percent fewer complications than patients in other systems.
  • Shorter Hospital Stays: Patients treated in the winning system hospitals had a median average length of stay of 4.5 days, over half a day shorter than their peers’ median of 5.0 days.
  • Better Patient Safety and Core Measure Adherence: The top health systems had 8-percent fewer adverse patient safety events than expected, given the case mix of the particular hospital, and had better adherence to core measures of care than their peers.

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.

More information on this study and other 100 Top Hospitals research is available at www.100tophospitals.com.

Alegent Creighton Health and the Catholic Health Initiatives organizations in Nebraska are integrating to create single, regional health network with a unified mission: nurturing the healing ministry of the Church while creating healthier communities. Headquartered in Omaha, the combined organization will consist of 16 hospitals, two stand-alone behavioral health facilities and more than 150 employed physician practice locations in Nebraska and southwestern Iowa. Nearly 15,900 employees comprise the workforce of this network that includes 2,820 licensed beds and serves as the primary teaching partner of Creighton University’s health sciences schools. In fiscal year 2013, the organization provided a combined $130.7 million in quantified community benefit including services for the poor, free clinics, education and research. With locations stretching from Kearney, Neb. to Missouri Valley, Iowa, the health network is the largest in Nebraska and serves residents of Nebraska, southwest Iowa and northern Kansas.

16 hospitals:

Bergan Mercy Medical Center - Omaha
Community Memorial Hospital - Missouri Valley, IA
Creighton University Medical Center - Omaha
Good Samaritan Hospital - Kearney
Immanuel Medical Center - Omaha
Lakeside Hospital - Omaha
Memorial Community Hospital - Blair
Memorial Hospital - Schuyler
Mercy Hospital - Corning, IA
Mercy Hospital - Council Bluffs, IA
Midlands Hospital - Papillion
Nebraska Heart Hospital - Lincoln
Plainview Hospital - Plainview
Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center - Lincoln
Saint Francis Medical Center - Grand Island
St. Mary's Community Hospital – Nebraska City

2 Stand-alone, Inpatient Behavioral Health Facilities:

Lasting Hope Recovery Center - Omaha
Richard Young Behavioral Health Center – Kearney

About Catholic Health Initiatives

Catholic Health Initiatives, a nonprofit, faith-based health system formed in 1996 through the consolidation of four Catholic health systems, expresses its mission each day by creating and nurturing healthy communities in the hundreds of sites across the nation where it provides care. One of the nation’s largest health systems, Englewood, Colo.-based CHI operates in 18 states and comprises 87 hospitals, including four academic medical centers and teaching hospitals and 24 critical-access facilities; community health services organizations; accredited nursing colleges; home health agencies; and other facilities that span the inpatient and outpatient continuum of care. In fiscal year 2013, CHI provided $762 million in charity care and community benefit, including services for the poor, free clinics, education and research. Learn more at www.catholichealthinitiatives.com 


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