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LMH among the Nation’s Top 100 Hospitals

The only Kansas hospital to earn Truven Health 100 Top Hospital recognition for three consecutive years

It’s official…again! For the third year in a row, Lawrence Memorial Hospital has earned our place among the nation’s top 100 hospitals. As a recipient of the 2015 Truven Health 100 Top Hospitals® award, we are proud to say we rank so highly among nearly 3,000 acute care hospitals nationwide. We are in the national top 20 for organizations our size, and we are the only hospital in Kansas to achieve this distinction for the last three consecutive years.

2015 Truven Health 100 Top Hospitals logoIn an industry changing as rapidly as health care, according to Truven Health Analytics, the 100 Top Hospitals illustrate how effective leaders manage change and achieve excellence in a dynamic environment. The 2015 study recognizes hospitals that have clearly demonstrated the vision to develop long-term excellence in care, efficiency and community value. The program objectively gauges leadership impact and organizational health by assessing the ability to drive consistent, outstanding performance versus the performance of industry peers.

How the Truven Health study works

The 100 Top Hospitals designation is based on hospital-wide performance improvement over time. Using independent, quantitative research, 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 scorecard measures overall organizational performance across 11 key analytic measures that encompass patient safety, quality of patient care, operational efficiency, financial stability and patient perception of care. Rather than conducting a one-year analysis – which only captures performance at a specific snapshot in time – the Truven Health study looks at data that reflect five-year performance for most measures. 

View the list of measures analyzed for the 2015 Truven Health 100 Top Hospitals study.

  1. In-hospital mortality
  2. Medical complications
  3. Patient safety
  4. Core measures mean percent (includes measures like performing angioplasty on heart attack patients within 90 minutes of arrival, providing the appropriate initial antibiotics to pneumonia patients, giving surgery patients the right antibiotic to prevent infection, and more)
  5. Average length of patient stay
  6. 30-day readmission rate for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and hip/knee arthoplasty
  7. 30-day mortality rate for heart attack, heart failure, and pneumonia
  8. Expenses
  9. Profitability
  10. Medicare spend per beneficiary
  11. Patient satisfaction (based on HCAHPS score, a patient rating system for overall hospital performance)

Hospital-wide performance excellence at LMH

This year, LMH received an overall composite score in the 93.5 percentile, which means we’re continuously improving – and we’re improving at a faster rate than 93.5 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 this means for LMH patients

What does our recognition as a top 100 hospital mean for you, the patient? Research shows that patients at Truven Health 100 Top Hospitals have:

  • Better survival rates
  • Fewer complications
  • Better long-term outcomes
  • Shorter hospital stays
  • 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 nearly 1,000 similarly sized hospitals and nearly 3,000 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 22nd 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 position 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 third consecutive year.

For more information on the Truven Health study, visit

The 100 Top Hospitals® program is a registered trademark of Truven Health Analytics.

At LMH we've earned our spot among the nation's 100 Top Hospitals® for three straight years! Here is a short video to see what this means for you. 

In 2014 LMH was 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.