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University Hospitals in Cleveland named one of the top 10 hospital systems in United States
Date:8/14/2009

University Hospitals has been named one of the top 10 hospital systems in the United States based on its clinical performance by Thomson Reuters, a leading business and professional information organization based in New York.

UH and the other top 10 systems outperformed their peers by a wide margin. They provided better care, followed standards of care more closely, saved more lives, had fewer patient complications, and made fewer patient safety errors.

The list was compiled in an unprecedented study conducted by researchers from the Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals. They analyzed the quality and efficiency of 252 health systems based on five metrics: mortality, medical complications, patient safety, average length-of-stay, and adherence to clinical standards of care (evidence-based core measures published by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services).

Based on the results of this study, Thomson Reuters estimates that if all Medicare inpatients received the same level of care as those in the top health systems that more than 47,000 additional patients would survive each year, nearly 92,000 patient complications would be avoided annually, and the average patient stay would decrease by more than half a day.

All U.S. health systems with two or more short-term, general, non-federal hospitals were assessed. The study relied on public data from the 2006 and 2007 Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) data and the CMS Hospital Compare data sets.

Thomson Reuters found statistically significant differences between top and bottom performers in several key areas. Compared with the poorest performers, the best-performing quintile had 25 percent lower mortality, 19 percent fewer medical complications, and 13 percent fewer patient safety incidents even though their patients were sicker and their average hospital stays were significantly shorter.

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Contact: George Stamatis
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University Hospitals Case Medical Center
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