Ocala Regional And West Marion Named Among Nation’s 100 Top Hospitals
April 17, 2012
Ocala, FL – Ocala Regional Medical Center and West Marion Community Hospital, part of Ocala Health System, were named among the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Thomson Reuters, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare.
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. This is the second year that Ocala Regional and West Marion have made the list.
“This ranking is the result of a data-driven assessment of health care organizations by an independent, impartial health information company. Their findings clearly demonstrate that high-quality patient outcomes can be achieved while improving efficiency and showing strong fiscal management,” said Randy McVay, Chief Executive Officer, Ocala Health System. “The significance to our community is great: easy access to medical care that has higher survival rates, less complications, a safer environment, and higher patient satisfaction.”
“While hospitals are regularly evaluated against a broad range of performance standards, only 100 make this prestigious list—less than 2% of all the hospitals in the entire country. This distinction is a clear testament to the hard work and dedication of our physicians, employees, and volunteers to delivering the highest quality care to our patients and their families,” added McVay.
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.
“This year, the concentration of 100 Top Hospitals award winners has shifted significantly, with Texas, Florida, and California housing the most winners,” said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president at Thomson Reuters. ”A major change in performance geographically is an encouraging indication that the bar for quality care has been raised once again.”
More information on this study and other 100 Top Hospitals research is available at www.100tophospitals.com.