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Hill Country Memorial Hospital Earns Consecutive Top 100 Hospital Ranking
Independent Truven Health Analytics study places HCM among the elite in health care
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 • Posted April 17, 2013

Fredericksburg, Texas – April 11, 2013 – For the second consecutive year, Truven Health Analytics selected Hill Country Memorial (HCM) as one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals®. Formerly the healthcare business of Thomson Reuters, Truven Health AnalyticsSM analyzed nearly 3,000 hospitals from coast to coast, from large healthcare systems and teaching facilities to small community hospitals, determining the best hospitals based on specific patient care criteria.

“This is a tremendous honor that represents what can be achieved when an entire organization is dedicated to providing remarkable care,” said Hill Country Memorial CEO Jayne E. Pope, MBA, RN, FACHE. “Since the 100 Top Hospitals award is based purely on performance with no application process, we consider this to be one of the most meaningful accolades we could receive. We’re proud to be recognized among the elite health care facilities in the nation and will continue to focus all of our efforts on elevating the patient experience.”

Hill Country Memorial was one of 20 small community hospitals to make the Top 100 Hospitals list this year, and one of only ten that received the distinction for two years in a row. The recognition follows several other notable achievements for the hospital. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently ranked HCM as #1 in Texas and #4 in the nation for patient experience. Additionally, a study by the Delta Group placed Hill Country Memorial in the top 5% of hospitals for quality care and among the top 10% for patient safety.

“The winners of the 100 Top Hospitals award have driven the national benchmarks higher every year for 20 years. 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,” said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president at Truven Health Analytics. “These leaders continue to demonstrate their vision of excellence when it comes to adopting new technologies and techniques. I congratulate this year’s winners for their achievement.”

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 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; and 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.

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

“While this award reflects the dedication of our entire team, all of this is made possible by the tremendous support of our community,” added Pope. “We share the Top 100 Hospital with our family, friends and neighbors and remain committed to providing them with remarkable care —always.”

Based on the results of this year’s study, if all Medicare inpatients received the same level of care as those treated in the award-winning facilities:

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

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

· $6 billion could be saved.

· The average patient stay would decrease by half a day.

If the same standards were applied to all inpatients, the impact would be even greater. For more information on this study and other 100 Top Hospitals research, please visit www.100tophospitals.com.

About Hill Country Memorial:

Located in the heart of the Texas Hill Country with a reputation of delivering quality care to the nearly ten county area it serves, Hill Country Memorial is celebrating its 43rd year as an independent, rural, acute care hospital. HCM’s Vision is: Empower Others and Create Healthy and its Mission is: Remarkable Always.

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