April 23, 2012, Toms River, NJ - Thomson Reuters, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare, has named Community Medical Center, a Barnabas Health facility, among the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals®.
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.
“This outstanding achievement was only made possible because of the exceptional physicians and staff who choose to work at Community Medical Center,” said Stephanie L. Bloom, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer, Community Medical Center. “We have raised the bar for quality healthcare in Ocean County, and I am extremely proud that our hospital has been recognized on a national level for the care our staff provides.”
Only three hospitals in New Jersey received this recognition and two are Barnabas Health facilities. In addition to Community Medical Center, Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville was named among the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals.
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.
More information about Community Medical Center visit www.barnabashealth.org/community or to learn more about the study visit www.100tophospitals.com.
CONTACT: Jean M. Flaherty
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