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BIDMC Among Nation's Top 100 Hospitals

Thomson Reuters looks at overall organizational performance

BOSTON - Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center has been named one of the Top 100 Hospitals in the United States based in overall organizational performance according to the annual study released Monday by the Healthcare business of Thomson Reuters.

BIDMC was the only Massachusetts hospital named in the survey.

The Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals National Benchmarks study is based on the 100 Top Hospitals National Balanced Scorecard that evaluates performance in nine areas: mortality, medical complications, patient safety, average length of stay, expenses, profitability, cash-to-debt ratio, patient satisfaction, and adherence to clinical standards of care. The study has been conducted annually since 1993.

"We are pleased to again be among the 15 major teaching hospitals nationally to be recognized by this hospital rating methodology, which utilizes multiple metrics of hospital performance," said Kenneth Sands, MD, BIDMC's Senior Vice President of Health Care Quality. "It validates the commitment we have made to safe, high quality care."

"The 100 Top Hospitals winners raised the bar again this year, delivering a higher level of reliable care and greater value for their communities and payers," said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president for performance improvement and 100 Top Hospitals programs at Thomson Reuters.

"Integration of national benchmarks for improvement and top performance is an innovation that enables Thomson Reuters to identify those hospitals with a mature culture of performance improvement," Chenoweth said. "The ability to objectively gauge where a hospital stands in its journey to excellence is a breakthrough in the measurement of leadership effectiveness, the success of organizational improvement strategies, and the impact of executive decisions."

To conduct the 100 Top Hospitals study, Thomson Reuters researchers evaluated 3,000 short-term, acute care, non-federal 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 Hospital Compare data set.

If all Medicare inpatients received the same level of care as patients treated in the winning hospitals:

  • ·More than 107,500 additional patients would survive each year.
  • Nearly 132,000 patient complications would be avoided annually.
  • Expenses would decline by $5.9 billion a year.
  • The average patient stay would decrease by nearly half a day.

Other major teaching hospitals included with BIDMC are: St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, AZ; University Medical Center in Tucson, AZ; Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, IL; NorthShore University HealthSystem in Evanston, IL; Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, IL; University of Michigan Hospitals & Health Centers in Ann Arbor, MI; Providence Hospital and Medical Center in Southfield, MI; Mayo Clinic - Saint Mary's Hospital in Rochester, MN; Duke University Hospital in Durham, NC; University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, OH; The Western Pennsylvania Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA; Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN; Scott and White Memorial Hospital in Temple, TX; and University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville, VA

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Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is a patient care, teaching and research affiliate of Harvard Medical School, and consistently ranks among the top four in National Institutes of Health funding among independent hospitals nationwide. BIDMC is clinically affiliated with the Joslin Diabetes Center and is a research partner of Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center. BIDMC is the official hospital of the Boston Red Sox. For more information, visit