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HCM Again Named One of the Nation's 100 Top Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics
Wednesday, March 6, 2013 • Posted March 7, 2013

HCM (Hill Country Memorial) was named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Truven Health Analytics for the second year in a row.

“To be a Top 100 US hospital two years in a row clearly recognizes the efforts of the remarkable HCM team as they serve others each and every day,” said Jayne E. Pope, HCM’s newly appointed CEO.

“Our remarkable journey began five years ago under the leadership of Mike Williams and this is a result of his, and the HCM team’s leadership in an industry facing enormous challenges,” said Pope. “What we provide at HCM is sourced in the Remarkable HCM Values—Others First, Compassion, Innovation, Accountability and Stewardship. It’s simply the way we serve.”

The 100 Top Hospital recognition follows quickly on the hills of HCM’s announcement two weeks ago of their ranking by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid as 1st in Texas and fourth in the nation for Patient Experience.

HCM is one of seven hospitals in Texas receiving the 100 Top Hospital recognition. The nearest recipient to HCM is St. David’s in Austin.

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 study is celebrating its 20th year, and has been conducted annually since 1993. This is the third time HCM has been recognized with this honor—2003, 2012 & 2013.

Truven Health Analytics is a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare.

To conduct the 100 Top Hospitals study, Truven Health researchers evaluated 2,922 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.

The winning hospitals were announced in the February 25 edition of Modern Healthcare magazine.

“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,“ said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president at Truven Health Analytics. ”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.”

If all Medicare inpatients received the same level of care as those treated in the 100 Top US Hospitals these are the calculated results:

· More than 164,000 additional lives could be saved.

· Approximately 82,000 additional patients could be complication free.

· $6 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.

HCM is a distinctive and recognized leader in several of the US health care industry categories. It’s operational emphasis is serving others and providing remarkable health care.

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