March 07, 2019
St. Mark’s Hospital was recently named among the 100 Top Hospitals® nationwide by IBM Watson Health™ – for the 6th time since the award’s inception. It also achieved the Watson Health Everest Award, which recognizes hospitals with the fastest rate-of-improvement over five years among the country’s top performers.
“St. Mark’s Hospital was built on the philosophy of providing great care to all in need, and that vision continues to guide us, “said Mark Robinson, CEO of St. Mark’s Hospital. “This honor belongs to our entire team of physicians, nurses, techs and support staff who work so diligently every day to provide excellent care. This distinction reaffirms our commitment to delivering the best possible care for each and every one of our patients, and we are proud to be listed among distinguished facilities driven by that sentiment.”
This year, only 10 Utah hospitals were named as a 100 Top Hospital. St. Mark’s is one of two in the state among 25 honorees in the Teaching Hospitals category, and one of five MountainStar Healthcare hospitals to earn a place in the top 100. Other top performing hospitals in this network include Brigham City Community Hospital, Lakeview Hospital, Lone Peak Hospital, and Mountain View Hospital.
MountainStar is a division of HCA Healthcare, one of the nation’s leading providers of healthcare services with 185 hospitals nationwide. This year, HCA has 10 hospitals on the 100 Top Hospitals list, including five in Utah.
“I could not be prouder of everyone at our hospitals who consistently work hard to achieve excellence in patient care and operational efficiency,” said Greg Angle, president, MountainStar Healthcare. “That type of collaborative effort at five MountainStar hospitals led to designation as a 100 Top Hospital this year, and top-tier ranking among 10 HCA honorees nationwide.”
The annual Watson Health study identifies the nation’s top-performing hospitals based on publicly available data for clinical, operational and patient satisfaction metrics. Results of the 2019 study found that, “Top-performing hospitals in the country achieved better risk-adjusted patient outcomes while maintaining both a lower average cost per patient and higher profit margin than peer group hospitals that were part of the study.”
The 100 Top Hospitals have been recognized annually since 1993. In the 2019 List, honorees are compiled in five peer comparison groups from major teaching hospitals to small community hospitals. Watson Health also recognizes 15 Everest Award winners; hospitals that are also among the 100 top for rate of improvement during a five-year period.
When compared with peer groups nationwide, 100 Top Hospitals outperformed non-winning peers in the following key performance metrics:
- Higher Survival Rates
- Fewer Complications and Infections
- Shorter Length of Stay
- Shorter Emergency Department Wait Times
- Lower Inpatient Expenses
- Higher Patient Satisfaction
- Higher Profit Overall Margins
The 100 Top Hospitals winners outperformed peer group hospitals within 10 key performance benchmarks related to clinical outcomes, patient satisfaction, operational efficiency and financial stability. Per Watson Health and based on the results of this year’s study, if all Medicare inpatients received the same level of care as those treated at the winning hospitals:
- More than 103,000 additional lives could be saved;
- More than 38,000 additional patients could be complication-free;
- More than $8.2 billion in inpatient costs could be saved; and
- Approximately 155,000 fewer discharged patients would be readmitted within 30 days.
To conduct the 100 Top Hospitals study, IBM Watson Health researchers evaluated 3,156 short-term, acute care, non-federal U.S. hospitals. All research was based on the following public data sets: Medicare Hospital Cost Reports (HCRIS), Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MEDPAR) data, and core measures and patient satisfaction data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare website.
Hospitals do not apply for awards and winners do not pay to market the 100 Top Hospitals honor. The 2019 list of honorees was announced on March 4, 2019.