WCH named one of the best in nation

WCH named one of the best in nation

Wooster Community Hospital was named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals by IBM Watson Health.


Wooster Community Hospital was named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals by IBM Watson Health. The study spotlights the top-performing hospitals in the U.S. list, based on a balanced scorecard of publicly available clinical, operational and patient satisfaction metrics and data.

The Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals study uses independent and objective research to analyze hospital and health-system performance in 10 clinical and operational areas: risk-adjusted inpatient mortality index, risk-adjusted complications index, mean healthcare-associated infection index, mean 30-day risk-adjusted mortality rate, mean 30-day risk-adjusted readmission rate, severity-adjusted length of stay, mean emergency department throughput, case mix- and wage-adjusted inpatient expense per discharge, adjusted operating profit margin, and HCAHPS score (patient rating of overall hospital performance).

The study has been conducted annually since 1993. This is the fifth time WCH has been recognized with this honor.

“This coveted award sets a national benchmark for performance excellence for all hospitals to aspire to. It measures not only the quality of care delivered, but also operational efficiency and patient satisfaction. Perhaps more importantly, a hospital must not only have best in class results — which we clearly do — but they also must evidence ongoing improvement over time to achieve this recognition. This is truly a team award and a cause for celebration. Having received this award five times in the last 11 years certainly demonstrates a culture of excellence that exists within our hospital and health system. It is a special day for our dedicated employees, medical staff and community,” said Bill Sheron, WCH president/CEO.

Based on the results of this year’s study, it is extrapolated that if all Medicare inpatients received the same level of care as those treated in the award-winning facilities, more than 103,000 additional lives could be saved, more than 38,000 additional patients could be complication-free, more than $8.2 billion in inpatient costs could be saved and approximately 155,000 fewer discharged patients would be readmitted within 30 days.

“At a time when research shows that the U.S. spends nearly twice as much on health care as other high-income countries yet still has poorer population health outcomes, the 100 Top Hospitals are bucking the trend by delivering consistently better care at a lower cost,” said Ekta Punwani, 100 Top Hospitals program leader at IBM Watson Health. “The hospitals on this list represent the current vanguard in value-based care, and we applaud their commitment to quality.”

The winning hospitals were announced in the March 4 edition of Modern Healthcare magazine.

For more information visit www.100tophospitals.com.

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