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LMH Named among the Nation’s Top 100 Hospitals

As the only Truven Health 100 Top Hospital in Kansas, LMH is second to none

It’s official! Lawrence Memorial Hospital is one of the nation’s top 100 hospitals again. As the only hospital in our state to receive the 2014 Truven Health 100 Top Hospitals® award, we are proud to say we rank in the top three percent nationally, and we’re second to none for hospital care in Kansas.

Truven Health Analytics 100 Top Hospitals 2014This is the second year in a row that LMH has been recognized among the nation’s best hospitals by Truven Health Analytics. The 100 Top Hospitals award is based on hospital-wide performance improvement over a three- to five-year period. The program measures performance across a balanced scorecard that places equal emphasis on each of ten key hospital performance metrics (listed below). Truven Health researchers use publicly available data to objectively evaluate each hospital’s rate of improvement for all ten key metrics, and in doing so, they identify 100 short-term, acute-care hospitals (out of nearly 3,000) with the most balanced high performance and focus on continuous improvement.

Hospital-Wide Performance Excellence at LMH

This year, LMH received an overall composite score in the 97.4 percentile, which means we’re continuously improving – and we’re improving faster than 97.4 percent of all medium-sized community hospitals in the U.S. The medium-sized community hospital category is the largest of the five categories in the 100 Top Hospitals Study, which makes it the most competitive: after being compared to roughly 1,000 similar hospitals, LMH once again emerged in the category’s top 20.

What do we mean by “hospital-wide” performance excellence? The ten performance metrics included in the 100 Top Hospitals span the areas of patient care, operational efficiency and financial stability. Altogether, these metrics include:

  • In-hospital mortality
  • Medical complications
  • Patient safety
  • 14 core measures for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgery patients (such as performing angioplasty on heart attack patients within 90 minutes of arrival; giving discharge instructions to heart failure patients; providing the appropriate initial antibiotics to pneumonia patients; giving surgery patients the right antibiotic to prevent infection, and more)
  • Average patient stay
  • Expenses
  • Profitability
  • Patient satisfaction (based on HCAHPS score, a patient rating system for overall hospital performance)
  • 30-day readmission rate for heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia
  • 30-day mortality rate for heart attack, heart failure, and pneumonia

Most notably, LMH scored 22.2 percent higher than the national benchmark for average length of stay, where our rate of improvement reached the top 98.3 percentile. We scored 4.1 percent higher than our peers for complications (meaning our patients experience fewer complications) and 3.4 percent higher for patient satisfaction. We also scored better than the national improvement benchmarks for mortality rates (0.9 percent), inpatient expense per discharge (0.4 percent), and the core measures (0.4 percent), which is based on the mean percent of all 14 measures.

Patients at Truven Health 100 Top Hospitals have better survival rates, fewer complications, better long-term outcomes, shorter hospital stays and superior overall hospital experiences. Truven Health research further reveals that, as a top 100 hospital:

  • LMH excels across our entire organization, from high quality patient care to financial management, community benefits and more.
  • We have very strong board leadership, and all hospital leaders at LMH are very effective with management and organizational goal development.
  • We follow care standards more closely than any other hospital in Kansas or western Missouri, and 2,700 other hospitals throughout the U.S.
  • We value a culture of excellence and performance improvement throughout every aspect of our organization.
  • We build on our achievements and continuously raise our own standards of excellence.
  • We use advanced information technology processes.

This highly celebrated program is now in its 21st year, and being named a Truven Health top hospital is a very prestigious achievement. As leadership at the Truven Health Center for Performance Improvement explains, the 100 Top Hospitals program is different from all other hospital ranking systems because its purpose is to show hospitals how and where they can improve, not to help consumers choose a hospital. Furthermore, it is completely objective: hospitals cannot apply for the 100 Top Hospitals award, and winners do not pay to market this honor.

At LMH, we earned our place among the top U.S. hospitals through our culture of performance improvement, our outstanding leadership and staff who embody evidence-based management as well as evidence-based medicine, and our unwavering dedication to the health of our community. As the center of healthcare in this community – not to mention one of Lawrence’s largest employers – we know financial health, operational efficiency and high quality patient care must be at the center of everything we do, and every decision we make. Our focus going forward will be to continuously reset our performance targets for ongoing improvement throughout our hospital. From our hospital leaders to our physicians and health care providers, staff and volunteers, LMH is proud to share this honor with our community for the second consecutive year.

For more information on the Truven Health study, visit

LMH has been named a Truven Health 100 Top Hospital® for the second year in a row. Watch a short video celebrating this accomplishment. Also, LMH President & CEO talks about receiving the Truven Health 100 Top Hospitals® Award for the first time in 2013.