NCH Awarded Thomson Reuters "100 Top Hospitals: Performance Improvement Leaders" Status

(Naples, FL) - (August 14, 2008) The NCH Healthcare System was this week named one of the nation's “100 Top Hospitals: Performance Improvement Leaders” by Thomson Reuters, in the large community hospital category.

The NCH Healthcare System and its senior management team were recognized for being one of a hundred hospitals making the greatest progress in improving hospital-wide performance over five consecutive years. The 2007 Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals: Performance Improvement Leaders have set national benchmarks for the rate and consistency of improvement in clinical outcomes, safety, hospital efficiency, and financial stability. The NCH Healthcare System and its medical staff have made
major strides in increasing the quality and efficiency of services locally.
“This achievement is a great testimony to the more than 3,000 colleagues and the medical staff who strive every day to provide the best possible care to patients,” states Allen Weiss, M.D., President and CEO of the NCH Healthcare System. “Receiving this Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals award for the third consecutive year speaks to the consistency of the high standards maintained by NCH – standards that are carried out for the sole benefit of our patients,” he adds.

The NCH Healthcare System is a full service, integrated healthcare system with 681 beds in two hospitals collaborating with over 535 independent physicians to care for 32,000 patients each year. Additionally, NCH's ERs and outpatient areas had over 120,000 visits for the past few years. Caring for all ages in the community it serves, NCH performs approximately 500 open heart surgeries and delivers 4,200 babies each year. NCH has achieved numerous awards from a variety of leading quality rating organizations including “#1 in Heart Care in Florida” and “Best in Region” for Maternity Care. For more information go to

“This study identified superior leadership, based on the success of hospital executive teams' long-term strategies for strengthening performance,” said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president for performance improvement and 100 Top Hospitals program at Thomson Reuters. “These are true “Good to Great” leadership teams that have focused on improving quality, efficiency, use of evidence-based medicine, and financial stability in order to better serve their patients and communities.”

The Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals: Performance Improvement Leaders study analyzed acute care hospitals nationwide using detailed empirical performance data from years 2002-2006, including publicly available Medicare MedPAR Data, Medicare cost reports, and Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) outpatient data.

The study rated hospitals on eight factors – patient mortality, medical complications, patient safety, length of stay, expenses, profitability, cash-to-debt ratio, and use of evidence-based medicine. Researchers evaluated 2,867 short-term, acute care, non-federal hospitals grouped into five categories: major teaching hospitals, other teaching hospitals, large community hospitals, medium-sized community hospitals, and small community hospitals.

Findings from the fifth edition of the Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals: Performance Improvement Leaders study appears in the August 11, 2008 issue of Modern Healthcare magazine.

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