Belleville, NJ—Thomson Reuters—a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of health care—has named Clara Maass Medical Center of Belleville, NJ, one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals®. Barnabas Health facility, Community Medical Center of Toms River, also received this designation.
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.
CMMC has also been named an Everest Award winner, meaning that CMMC is among the 100 winners that delivered the greatest rate of improvement over five years. Only 12 hospitals in the U.S. received this prestigious honor.
“Clara Maass Medical Center's achievements and performance enhances the health of our community," said Mary Ellen Clyne, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer, Clara Maass Medical Center. "Our physicians, nurses and the whole Clara Maass team takes pride in this shared accomplishment and collaborative effort which led to receiving this outstanding recognition.”
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.
The winning hospitals were announced in the April 16 edition of Modern Healthcare magazine.
“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.”
Based on comparisons between the study winners and a peer group of similar high-volume hospitals that were not winners, Thomson Reuters found that if all hospitals performed at the level of this year’s winners:
- More than 186,000 additional lives could be saved.
- Approximately 56,000 additional patients could be complication-free.
- More than $4.3 billion could be saved.
- The average patient stay would decrease by nearly half a day.
Analysis was based on the Medicare patients included in this study. If the same standards were applied to all inpatients, the impact would be even greater.
More information on this study and other 100 Top Hospitals research is available at www.100tophospitals.com.
Located in Belleville, NJ, Clara Maass Medical Center, a Barnabas Health facility, provides a complete continuum of care to residents of northern New Jersey. Clara Maass centers and services include The Health and Wellness Center, Nuclear Medicine, The Cancer Center at Clara Maass, Adult Cardiac Services including Diagnostic Services, Cardiac Catheterization, Elective and Emergency Angioplasty and Rehabilitation, The Pain Management Center, The Joint & Spine Institute, a Vascular Center, Same Day Surgery, The Wound Center at Clara Maass, The Center for Sleep Disorders, The Bariatric Surgery Center, Rehabilitation Services, The Eye Surgery Center, Maternity Services and Parent Education, as well as Pediatrics. For a physician referral or more information about Clara Maass, call 973.450.2000 or visit barnabashealth.org/claramaass.
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April 20, 2012
Contact: Cathy Toscano
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