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Published on March 03, 2014

Lawrence Memorial Hospital again named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals

 
March 3, 2014 
Lawrence Memorial Hospital (LMH) today was named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Truven Health Analytics for the second straight year. Truven Health Analytics, based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, is a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare.
 
The Truven Health 100 Top Hospitals® study identifies hospitals and leadership teams that provide the highest level of value to their communities, based on a national balanced scorecard. The 100 Top Hospitals balanced scorecard measures hospital performance across 10 areas: mortality; inpatient complications; patient safety; average patient stay; expenses; profitability; patient satisfaction; adherence to clinical standards of care; and post-discharge mortality and readmission rates for acute myocardial infarction (heart attack), heart failure, and pneumonia.
 
The data reflects five-year performance in most of the categories, and three years for others, including length of stay, complications and mortality. The study has been conducted annually since 1993. Hospitals do not apply, and winners do not pay to market this honor.
 
LMH President and Chief Executive Officer Gene Meyer said, “The Truven study is unique in that it evaluates hospitals on measures of overall organizational performance, including patient care, operational efficiency and financial stability. At LMH we aim to bring higher value to our community while confronting the challenges of industry-wide reform, and it is gratifying to earn outside recognition for our efforts.” 
 
To conduct the 100 Top Hospitals study, Truven Health researchers evaluated 2,803 short-term, acute care hospitals. They used 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.
 
Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president for performance improvement at Truven Health Analytics, said, “This year’s 100 Top Hospitals represent the highest national standards in hospital care and management today. They set the benchmarks for peers around the country to follow – consistently delivering outstanding quality of care, satisfaction and community value at a reasonable cost.” She added that the majority of the 2014 award winners have produced year-to-year performance improvement, as well. “This speaks to the consistent focus on excellence by the entire organization and the men and women who serve patients.”
 
The Truven Health 100 Top Hospitals study evaluated hospitals in five categories: major teaching and teaching hospitals, and large, medium, and small community hospitals. LMH was one of 20 winners in the medium community hospitals category (100-249 beds). No other hospitals in Kansas or the Kansas City metropolitan area made the 2014 list. 
 

According to the study, 100 Top Hospitals outperform their peers by demonstrating balanced excellence — operating effectively across all functional areas of their organizations. The study found that when compared to their non-winning peers:

  • Patients treated at 100 Top Hospitals have better survival rates.
  • Patients treated at 100 Top Hospitals have fewer complications.
  • 100 Top Hospitals follow accepted care protocols and patient safety standards more closely.
  • Patients treated at 100 Top Hospitals have better longer-term outcomes.
  • 100 Top Hospitals hold down expenses.
  • Patients treated at 100 Top Hospitals return home sooner.
  • Patients treated at 100 Top Hospitals report a better overall hospital experience.The winning hospitals were announced in the March 3 edition of Modern Healthcare magazine. 
More information on this study and other 100 Top Hospitals research is available at www.100tophospitals.com
For more information contact: 
Janice Early, VP/Marketing & Communications 
(785) 505-3132 or janice.early@lmh.org 
Brian Erni, Truven Health Analytics 
(631) 584-2200 or brian@jrodrerick.com 
 

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