Published on February 28, 2013

LMH Named Top 100 Hospital in the Nation

Gene Meyer, President and CEO of Lawrence Memorial Hospital

This is the first time LMH has been recognized with this prestigious award. No other hospitals in Kansas or Missouri made the 2013 list.


Lawrence Memorial Hospital (LMH) this week was named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Truven Health Analytics, formerly the healthcare business of Thomson Reuters. Truven Health Analytics, based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, is a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare.

This is the first time LMH has been recognized with this prestigious award. No other hospitals in Kansas or Missouri made the 2013 list. The winning hospitals were announced in the February 25 edition of Modern Healthcare magazine.

The Truven Health 100 Top Hospitals®study evaluates performance in 10 areas: mortality; medical complications; patient safety; average patient stay; expenses; profitability; patient satisfaction; adherence to clinical standards of care; 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 is celebrating its 20th year, and has been conducted annually since 1993.

LMH President and Chief Executive Officer Gene Meyer said, “We are so proud to share this recognition with our community. The 100 Top Hospitals award is based on a set of measures that reflect highly effective performance across the whole organization, including board members, medical staff, management, and nursing. It takes a hospital-wide commitment to excellence and an unwavering focus on patients to realize this kind of achievement. Going forward, we will build on these results to continue demonstrating excellence in all aspects of patient care.”

To conduct the 100 Top Hospitals study, Truven Health researchers evaluated 2,922 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. Hospitals do not apply, and winners do not pay to market this honor.

Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president at Truven Health Analytics, said, “The winners of the 100 Top Hospitals award have driven the national benchmarks higher every year for 20 years. This year’s winners have brought even higher value to their local communities — better quality, higher efficiency and high patient perceptions of care — while confronting the challenges of massive industry-wide transformation to implement healthcare reform.

“The key to success in a tumultuous environment is visionary leadership that develops and maintains a hospital-wide culture of excellence that cuts across everything, from patient care to housekeeping to administration, and the refusal to rest on laurels when it comes to adopting new technologies and techniques. I congratulate this year’s winners for their persistent drive for excellence.”

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). 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. 

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

About Lawrence Memorial Hospital

Lawrence Memorial Hospital (LMH) is a 173-bed not-for-profit health care provider serving a regional market in northeast Kansas. Supported by 1,300 associates and 250 physicians, we are dedicated to the health of our community, and it shows in our physician expertise, advanced technology and high standards of clinical excellence. Regularly recognized for quality and service, LMH in 2012 was named one of the nation’s “Most Wired” Hospitals, Best Companies to Work For by Ingram’s Magazine, Top Performer on Key Quality Measures™ by The Joint Commission, and earned an “A” Hospital Safety ScoreSM by The Leapfrog Group. LMH is self-funded from its operations, receives no tax support from the City of Lawrence or Douglas County, and serves the community’s health care needs regardless of individuals’ ability to pay.

LMH Named Top 100 Hospital in the Nation

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