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April 29, 2021

America's 100 best hospitals, according to Fortune

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    IBM Watson Health and Fortune Magazine on Tuesday released their list of the top 100 hospitals and top 15 health systems in the United States, and 92 are Advisory Board members.

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    For the list, researchers with IBM Watson Health looked at public data for 2,675 short-term, acute care, nonfederal hospitals in the United States. The researchers analyzed Medicare cost reports, Medicare Provider Analysis and Review data, and certain measures and patient satisfaction data from CMS' Hospital Compare website.

    Researchers then assigned hospitals and health systems three different scores:

    • A clinical outcomes score based on five measurements, including risk-adjusted mortality and complications, health care-associated infections, and 30-day mortality and readmission rates
    • An operational efficiency score based on four metrics for hospitals—ED throughput, severity-adjusted length of stay, Medicare spending per beneficiary, and adjusted inpatient expense per discharge—and three metrics for health systems (the same, but without the adjusted inpatient expense per discharge metric)
    • A patient experience score based on overall patient ratings from CMS' Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) tool

      The researchers also had two additional scores solely for the individual hospital rankings:

    • A financial health score, based on a hospital's adjusted operating profit margin
    • A community health survey performance score—new this year—calculated as a percentage based on how well the hospital served as an "anchor institution" that supports local progress, how well it partnered with local organizations, and how well it provided critical preventive care and community health care

    The top hospitals in the U.S., according to IBM Watson Health and Fortune

    IBM Watson Health and Fortune Magazine divided their final list of top hospitals into five categories:

    • Major teaching
    • Teaching
    • Large community
    • Medium community
    • Small community

    The top-ranked hospital in each category was:

    • St. Luke's University Hospital-Bethlehem (Bethlehem, Pennsylvania) for Major Teaching
    • Sky Ridge Medical Center (Lone Tree, Colorado) for Teaching
    • Elmhurst Hospital (Elmhurst, Illinois) for Large Community
    • Dublin Methodist Hospital (Dublin, Ohio) for Medium Community
    • Mercy Health-Tiffin Hospital (Tiffin, Ohio) for Small Community

    Of the 15 major teaching hospitals that made the list, 12 are Advisory Board members:

    • St. Luke's University Hospital-Bethlehem (Bethlehem, Pennsylvania)
    • St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor Hospital (Ann Arbor, Michigan)
    • Mercy Health Saint Mary's (Grand Rapids, Michigan)
    • Morristown Medical Center (Morristown, New Jersey)
    • UPMC Pinnacle Harrisburg (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania)
    • University Hospital (Madison, Wisconsin)
    • NorthShore University HealthSystem (Evanston, Illinois)
    • Riverside Methodist Hospital (Columbus, Ohio)
    • Spectrum Health Hospitals (Grand Rapids, Michigan)
    • Ascension Providence Hospital-Southfield Campus (Southfield, Michigan)
    • Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center (Hartford, Connecticut)
    • Emory University Hospital Midtown (Atlanta)

    Of the 25 teaching hospitals that made the list, 23 are Advisory Board members:

    • Sky Ridge Medical Center (Lone Tree, Colorado)
    • Sentara Leigh Hospital (Norfolk, Virginia)
    • HonorHealth Scottsdale Thompson Peak Medical Center (Scottsdale, Arizona)
    • UCHealth Poudre Valley Hospital (Fort Collins, Colorado)
    • Rose Medical Center (Denver)
    • Wesley Medical Center (Wichita, Kansas)
    • Redmond Regional Medical Center (Rome, Georgia)
    • Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas (Rogers, Arkansas)
    • Grand Strand Medical Center (Myrtle Beach, South Carolina)
    • United Hospital Center (Bridgeport, West Virginia)
    • LDS Hospital (Salt Lake City)
    • Aspirus Wausau Hospital (Wausau, Wisconsin)
    • McKay-Dee Hospital (Ogden, Utah)
    • The Medical Center of Aurora (Aurora, Colorado)
    • Saint Joseph Hospital (Denver)
    • St. Mark's Hospital (Salt Lake City)
    • Brandon Regional Hospital (Brandon, Florida)
    • Mount Carmel St. Ann's (Westerville, Ohio)
    • Banner-University Medical Center South (Tucson, Arizona)
    • Orlando Regional Medical Center (Orlando, Florida)
    • Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center (Sioux Falls, South Dakota)
    • Missouri Baptist Medical Center (St. Louis)
    • UH Geauga Medical Center (Chardon, Ohio)

    Of the 20 large community hospitals that made the list, 14 are Advisory Board members:

    • Elmhurst Hospital (Elmhurst, Illinois)
    • El Camino Hospital (Mountain View, California)
    • Parkridge Medical Center (Chattanooga, Tennessee)
    • St. Clair Hospital (Pittsburgh)
    • Silver Cross Hospital (New Lenox, Illinois)
    • St. David's Medical Center (Austin, Texas)
    • Edward Hospital (Naperville, Illinois)
    • TriStar Centennial Medical Center (Nashville, Tennessee)
    • St. Joseph's Hospital (Tampa, Florida)
    • AdventHealth Daytona Beach (Daytona Beach, Florida)
    • AdventHealth Shawnee Mission (Shawnee Mission, Kansas)
    • St. Vincent's Medical Center Southside (Jacksonville, Florida)
    • Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City (Oklahoma City)
    • Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center (Medford, Oregon)

    Of the 20 medium community hospitals that made the list, 13 are Advisory Board members:

    • Dublin Methodist Hospital (Dublin, Ohio)
    • McLaren Northern Michigan (Petoskey, Michigan)
    • MercyOne Dubuque Medical Center (Dubuque, Iowa)
    • TriStar Hendersonville Medical Center (Hendersonville, Tennessee)
    • Sentara RMH Medical Center (Harrisonburg, Virginia)
    • Orlando South Lake Hospital (Clermont, Florida)
    • AdventHealth Wesley Chapel (Wesley Chapel, Florida)
    • Baptist Medical Center Beaches (Jacksonville Beach, Florida)
    • St. Vincent's Medical Center Clay County (Middleburg, Florida)
    • Englewood Community Hospital (Englewood, Florida)
    • Reston Hospital Center (Reston, Virginia)
    • Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi (Oxford, Mississippi)
    • Fairview Park Hospital (Dublin, Georgia)

    And of the 20 small community hospitals that made the list, 17 are Advisory Board members:

    • Mercy Health-Tiffin Hospital (Tiffin, Ohio)
    • Lone Peak Hospital (Draper, Utah)
    • Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital (St. Louis)
    • Buffalo Hospital (Buffalo, Minnesota)
    • Cedar City Hospital (Cedar City, Utah)
    • Bartow Regional Medical Center (Bartow, Florida)
    • Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital (Zeeland, Michigan)
    • Parkview Whitley Hospital (Columbia City, Indiana)
    • Saint Alphonsus Medical Center-Ontario (Ontario, Oregon)
    • Baptist Health-Hot Spring County (Malvern, Arkansas)
    • Banner Ironwood Medical Center (San Tan Valley, Arizona)
    • Coshocton Regional Medical Center (Coshocton, Oregon)
    • American Fork Hospital (American Fork, Utah)
    • Ashley Regional Medical Center (Vernal, Utah)
    • SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital-Centralia (Centralia, Illinois)
    • Lehigh Regional Medical Center (Lehigh Acres, Florida)
    • St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea Hospital (Chelsea, Michigan)

    The top health systems in the U.S., according to IBM Watson Health and Fortune

    IBM Watson Health and Fortune Magazine divided its list of the top 15 health systems in the United States into three categories: large, medium, and small. The list included five health systems for each category. The top-ranked health system in each category was:

    • Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Minnesota) for large health systems
    • Edward-Elmhurst Health (Naperville, Illinois) for medium health systems
    • Asante (Medford, Oregon) for small health systems

    Of the 15 health systems that made the list, 13 are Advisory Board members:

    • Allina Health (Minneapolis)
    • Asante (Medford, Oregon)
    • Aspirus (Wausau, Wisconsin)
    • Avera Health (Sioux Falls, South Dakota)
    • Edward-Elmhurst Health (Naperville, Illinois)
    • Genesis Health System (Davenport, Iowa)
    • HCA Continental Division/HealthONE (Denver)
    • Main Line Health (Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania)
    • Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Minnesota)
    • Saint Alphonsus Health System (Boise, Idaho)
    • Sentara Healthcare (Norfolk, Virginia)
    • St. Luke's Health System (Boise, Idaho)
    • St. Luke's University Health Network (Bethlehem, Pennsylvania) (Top 100 Hospitals/Health Systems Methodology; Top Community Hospitals, Fortune, 4/27; Top Teaching Hospitals, Fortune, 4/27; Top Health Systems, Fortune, 4/27; Fortune, 4/27).

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