Lakeview Health System

Monday, March 26, 2018 - Lakeview Hospital is a Top 100 Hospital for the seventh time, says IBM Watson Health

Lakeview Hospital has been named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals in 2018 by IBM Watson Health™. The Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals® study spotlighted the top-performing hospitals in the U.S., based on a balanced scorecard of publicly available clinical, operational and patient satisfaction metrics and data.

"I see our colleagues putting our patients' needs at the center of everything they do, every day," said Ted Wegleitner, President of Lakeview Hospital. "It's the second year in a row and the seventh time that Lakeview has been recognized with this award, which speaks not only to the dedication of our staff and the consistently high quality of care that they provide, but also to the affordability of our care and the unique, compassionate patient experience we provide."

Based on the results of this year’s study, Watson Health estimates that if all Medicare inpatients received the same level of care as those treated in the award-winning facilities:

  • More than 102,000 additional lives could be saved;
  • More than 43,000 additional patients could be complication-free;
  • More than $4.4 billion in inpatient costs could be saved;
  • Approximately 200,000 fewer discharged patients would be readmitted within 30 days.

“The country’s best hospitals have proven that an unrelenting focus on quality, supported by constant measurement against peer performance benchmarks, can drive improved outcomes while reducing costs and growing profit margins,” said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president, 100 Top Hospitals Programs, IBM Watson Health. “Congratulations to this 25th anniversary class of 100 Top Hospitals who have helped raise the bar for healthcare in the U.S. and improve the healthcare experiences of the people in their communities.”

Lakeview Hospital is part of HealthPartners, the largest consumer-governed, non-profit health care organization in the nation with a mission to improve health and well-being in partnership with members, patients and the community. Lakeview is a 97-bed hospital offering a level 3 trauma center staffed by Regions Hospital emergency physicians and a level 2 nursery providing 24/7 neonatal services.

Formerly known as the Truven Health Analytics® 100 Top Hospitals, the Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals® study uses independent and objective research to analyze hospital and health system performance in 11 areas, addressing: inpatient mortality; 30-day mortality rate; complications; core measures; 30-day risk-adjusted readmission rate; severity-adjusted average length of stay; mean emergency room throughput; inpatient expense per discharge; Medicare spend per beneficiary; adjusted operating profit margin; and Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) score (patient rating of overall hospital performance). The study has been conducted annually since 1993. This is the seventh time Lakeview Hospital has been recognized with this honor.

The winning hospitals were announced in the March 5 edition of Modern Healthcare magazine.

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