BOSTON - For the 10th time - and the sixth in seven years - Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center has been named one of the Top 100 Hospitals in the United States based in overall organizational performance, the only Boston hospital cited in the annual study released by Thomson Reuters.
The Thomson Reuters 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 study has been conducted annually since 1993.
"We are honored to be the only Boston teaching hospital 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 is another reflection of the commitment we have made to safe, high quality care."
Earlier this year, BIDMC and its fellow CareGroup hospitals were named one of the
five best large health systems in the United States - and one of the 15 best health systems overall - in the fourth annual Thomson Reuters study of hospital performance at more than 300 health systems.
"The 100 Top Hospitals are among the best in the nation in providing care that is effective, safe and patient-centered. They are more likely to have systems to safeguard patients from medical errors, provide treatments proven to get results, and deliver effective care at a reasonable cost. And they are also financially stable employers with high scores in patient perception of care," said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president at Thomson Reuters.
"This year, the concentration of 100 Top Hospitals award winners has shifted significantly, with Texas, Florida, and California housing the most winners," Chenoweth added. "A major change in performance geographically is an encouraging indication that the bar for quality care has been raised once again."
To conduct the 100 Top Hospitals study, Thomson Reuters researchers evaluated 2,886 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 (CMS) Hospital Compare website. Hospitals do not apply, and winners do not pay to market this honor.
If all Medicare inpatients received the same level of care as those treated in the award-winning facilities:
• More than 186,000 additional patients would survive each year.
• Approximately 56,000 additional patients could be complication free.
• More than $4.3 billion could be saved.
• The average patient stay would decrease by nearly half a day.
If the same standards were applied to all inpatients, the impact would be even greater. For more information, please visit
Other Massachusetts hospitals among this year's Top 100 are: Baystate Medical Center in Springfield and Saint Vincent Hospital in Worcester.
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Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is a patient care, teaching and research affiliate of Harvard Medical School, and currently ranks third 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