Fortune and IBM Watson Health Recognize Top-Performing U.S. Hospitals and Health Systems

  • 2021 Fortune/IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals® and 15 Top Health Systems Lists Published Today by Fortune
  • Annual ranking introduces first measure of hospitals' contributions to community health with a focus on equity, developed by IBM Watson Health in collaboration with Johns Hopkins Center for Health Equity and Bloomberg American Health Initiative at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., April 27, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- IBMIBM (NYSE: IBM) Watson Health today announced its 2021 Fortune/IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals® and 15 Top Health Systems award winners, naming the top-performing hospitals and health systems in the U.S. This year's ranking of top hospitals introduces a measure of hospitals' contributions to community health with a focus on equity, along with measures of clinical outcomes, operational efficiency, patient experience, and financial health.

A team of experts at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Equity and the Bloomberg American Health Initiative at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, developed the measure of hospital contributions to community health with a focus on equity. For the ranking, hospitals were surveyed across three components: 1) assessing hospital contributions to community health as a provider of critical services for community health and preventive care; 2) identifying ways that hospitals contribute to community health as a community partner teaming up with local organizations to implement critical programs; and 3) focusing on ways that hospitals promote community health through their practices as anchor institutions supporting local economic and social progress. Hospitals received credit for meeting a certain number of best practice standards in each component as part of the survey scoring and the new measure led to a change in ranking for more than one-third of the 100 hospitals.

"Hospitals save lives both by caring for individuals who are sick and by working to keep their communities healthy," said Joshua M. Sharfstein, MD, Vice Dean for Public Health Practice and Community Engagement and Director of the Bloomberg American Health Initiative at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. "By recognizing hospital excellence in community health with a focus on equity, IBM Watson Health is helping advance the broad and urgent mission of healthcare in the twenty-first century."

"We are proud to bring forward this first assessment of hospital contributions to community health as a way to help hospitals identify and eliminate gaps in their programs, provide equitable quality care, and address health disparities," said Irene Dankwa-Mullan, MD, MPH, Chief Health Equity Officer and Deputy Chief Health officer at IBM Watson Health. "We believe that including a community measure as part of the Fortune/IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals ranking can help begin the process of change and improvement across the hospital community."

The goal of the Fortune/IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals and IBM Watson Health 15 Top Health Systems lists is to identify top performing hospitals and health systems and deliver insights that may help healthcare organizations focus their improvement initiatives on achieving consistent, balanced and sustainable high performance. The studies used to determine the lists are based on a balanced scorecard of publicly available clinical, operational, and patient satisfaction metrics and data.

Fortune/IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals® List
Compared to similar hospitals, the hospitals included on the Fortune/IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals list had better results on performance indicators intended to measure clinical outcomes, operational efficiency, patient experience and financial health. These include survival rates, patient complications, healthcare-associated infections, 30-day mortality and 30-day hospital-wide readmission rates, length of stay, throughput in emergency departments, inpatient expenses, profitability, and ratings from patients. Additionally, performance by these 100 hospitals, when extrapolated to all Medicare inpatients, could result in:

  • More than 79,000 additional lives saved in the hospital;
  • More than 44,000 additional patients being complication-free;
  • More than $10.1 billion in inpatient costs saved; and
  • More than 34,000 fewer discharged patients readmitted within 30 days.

To determine the hospitals included on the Fortune/IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals list, IBM Watson Health researchers evaluated 2,675 short-term, acute care, non-federal U.S. hospitals. All research was based on the following public data sets: Medicare cost reports, Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MEDPAR) data, and data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare website. Hospitals do not apply for awards, and winners do not pay to market this honor.

In addition to the hospitals included on the Fortune/IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals list, select hospitals were also recognized as Everest Award winners. These are hospitals that earned the Fortune/IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals list designation and had the highest rates of improvement during a five-year period.

IBM Watson Health 15 Top Health Systems List
As compared to their peer health systems, the hospitals included on the IBM Watson Health 15 Top Health Systems list had better results on performance indicators intended to measure clinical outcomes, operational efficiency and patient experience. These include lower inpatient mortality rates and fewer patient complications, considering patient severity; care that resulted in fewer healthcare-associated infections; lower 30-day readmission rates; shorter lengths of stay; faster emergency care; higher scores on patient ratings of their overall hospital experience: and lower episode-of-care expenses for the in-hospital through aftercare process. Additionally, performance by these 15 health systems, when extrapolated to all Medicare inpatients, could result in:

  • Approximately 66,000 additional lives saved;
  • More than 22,000 additional patients being complication-free;
  • Healthcare-associated infections being reduced by 15 percent; and
  • Patients spending 31 fewer minutes in hospital emergency departments, per visit.

To determine the hospitals included on the IBM Watson Health 15 Top Health Systems list, IBM Watson Health researchers evaluated 324 health systems and 2,522 hospitals that are members of health systems. All research was based on the following public data sets: Medicare cost reports, Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MEDPAR) data, and data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare website. Health systems do not apply for awards, and winners do not pay to market this honor.

For more information, visit http://www.100tophospitals.com/.

Fortune/IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals List (by category)

* Denotes Everest Award winner

   
   

Major Teaching Hospitals

 

Ascension Providence Hospital - Southfield Campus

Southfield, MI

Baylor Scott & White Medical Center - Temple

Temple, TX

Baylor University Medical Center*

Dallas, TX

Emory University Hospital Midtown

Atlanta, GA

Mercy Health Saint Mary's

Grand Rapids, MI

Morristown Medical Center

Morristown, NJ

NorthShore University HealthSystem

Evanston, IL

Riverside Methodist Hospital

Columbus, OH

Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center

Hartford, CT

Spectrum Health Hospitals

Grand Rapids, MI

St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor Hospital

Ann Arbor, MI

St. Luke's University Hospital - Bethlehem

Bethlehem, PA

University Hospital

Madison, WI

University of Utah Hospital

Salt Lake City, UT

UPMC Pinnacle Harrisburg*

Harrisburg, PA

   

Teaching Hospitals

 

Aspirus Wausau Hospital

Wausau, WI

Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center

Sioux Falls, SD

Banner - University Medical Center South*

Tucson, AZ

Brandon Regional Hospital

Brandon, FL

Grand Strand Medical Center

Myrtle Beach, SC

HonorHealth Scottsdale Thompson Peak Medical Ctr

Scottsdale, AZ

LDS Hospital

Salt Lake City, UT

McKay-Dee Hospital

Ogden, UT

Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas

Rogers, AR

Methodist Hospital

Saint Louis Park, MN

Missouri Baptist Medical Center*

Saint Louis, MO

Morton Plant Hospital

Clearwater, FL

Mount Carmel St. Ann's

Westerville, OH

Orlando Regional Medical Center

Orlando, FL

Redmond Regional Medical Center

Rome, GA

Rose Medical Center

Denver, CO

Saint Joseph Hospital

Denver, CO

Sentara Leigh Hospital

Norfolk, VA

Sky Ridge Medical Center

Lone Tree, CO

St. Mark's Hospital*

Salt Lake City, UT

The Medical Center of Aurora

Aurora, CO

UCHealth Poudre Valley Hospital

Fort Collins, CO

UH Geauga Medical Center

Chardon, OH

United Hospital Center

Bridgeport, WV

Wesley Medical Center

Wichita, KS

   

Large Community Hospitals

 

AdventHealth Daytona Beach*

Daytona Beach, FL

AdventHealth Shawnee Mission

Shawnee Mission, KS

Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center

Medford, OR

Edward Hospital

Naperville, IL

El Camino Hospital*

Mountain View, CA

Elmhurst Hospital*

Elmhurst, IL

FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital

Pinehurst, NC

Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital*

Sugar Land, TX

Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital*

Houston, TX

Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City, OK

Mission Regional Medical Center*

Mission, TX

Olathe Medical Center

Olathe, KS

Parkridge Medical Center*

Chattanooga, TN

Piedmont Fayette Hospital

Fayetteville, GA

Silver Cross Hospital

New Lenox, IL

St. Clair Hospital

Pittsburgh, PA

St. David's Medical Center*

Austin, TX

St. Joseph's Hospital

Tampa, FL

St. Vincent's Medical Center Southside

Jacksonville, FL

TriStar Centennial Medical Center*

Nashville, TN

   

Medium Community Hospitals

 

AdventHealth Wesley Chapel

Wesley Chapel, FL

Baptist Medical Center Beaches

Jacksonville Beach, FL

Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi

Oxford, MS

CHI Health Lakeside

Omaha, NE

Dublin Methodist Hospital

Dublin, OH

East Liverpool City Hospital

East Liverpool, OH

Englewood Community Hospital

Englewood, FL

Fairview Park Hospital

Dublin, GA

Maple Grove Hospital

Maple Grove, MN

McLaren Northern Michigan

Petoskey, MI

Mercy Iowa City

Iowa City, IA

MercyOne Dubuque Medical Center

Dubuque, IA

Orlando South Lake Hospital*

Clermont, FL

Reston Hospital Center

Reston, VA

Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center*

Reno, NV

Sentara RMH Medical Center

Harrisonburg, VA

St. Luke's Anderson Campus

Easton, PA

St. Vincent's Medical Center Clay County

Middleburg, FL

TriStar Hendersonville Medical Center

Hendersonville, TN

Wooster Community Hospital

Wooster, OH

   

Small Community Hospitals

 

American Fork Hospital

American Fork, UT

Ashley Regional Medical Center

Vernal, UT

Banner Ironwood Medical Center

San Tan Valley, AZ

Baptist Health - Hot Spring County*

Malvern, AR

Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital

Saint Louis, MO

Bartow Regional Medical Center

Bartow, FL

Buffalo Hospital

Buffalo, MN

Cedar City Hospital

Cedar City, UT

Coshocton Regional Medical Center

Coshocton, OH

Fort Memorial Hospital

Fort Atkinson, WI

Hill Country Memorial Hospital

Fredericksburg, TX

Lehigh Regional Medical Center*

Lehigh Acres, FL

Lone Peak Hospital*

Draper, UT

Mercy Health - Tiffin Hospital*

Tiffin, OH

Parkview Whitley Hospital

Columbia City, IN

Saint Alphonsus Medical Center - Ontario

Ontario, OR

Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital

Zeeland, MI

SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital - Centralia

Centralia, IL

St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea Hospital

Chelsea, MI

St. Luke's Miners Campus

Coaldale, PA

   

IBM Watson Health 15 Top Health Systems List (by category)

 
   

Large Health Systems

 

Allina Health

Minneapolis, MN

Avera Health

Sioux Falls, SD

HCA Continental Division/HealthONE

Denver, CO

Mayo Clinic

Rochester, MN

Sentara Healthcare

Norfolk, VA

   

Medium Health Systems

 

Edward-Elmhurst Health

Naperville, IL

HealthPartners

Bloomington, MN

Main Line Health

Bryn Mawr, PA

St. Luke's Health System

Boise, ID

St. Luke's University Health Network

Bethlehem, PA

   

Small Health Systems

 

Asante

Medford, OR

Aspirus

Wausau, WI

Genesis Health System

Davenport, IA

MountainStar Healthcare

Cottonwood Heights, UT

Saint Alphonsus Health System

Boise, ID

About the Fortune/IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals® List
The Fortune/IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals list is determined using independent and objective research to analyze hospital and health system performance. Organizations do not apply or pay for this honor or pay to promote their award. Award-winning hospitals and health systems serve as a model of excellence for the industry.

About the IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals® Program
The IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals Program's annual studies result in the Fortune/IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals list, Fortune/IBM Watson Health 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals list and IBM Watson Health 15 Top Health Systems list. Organizations do not apply or pay for this honor or pay to promote their award. Award-winning hospitals and health systems serve as a model of excellence for the industry. Visit http://www.100tophospitals.com/ for more information.

About IBM Watson Health
IBM Watson Health is a data, analytics, and technology partner for the health industry. Supported by the innovation of IBM and intelligence of Watson, we are committed to helping build smarter health ecosystems. Through the combination of our deep industry expertise in health, data and analytics, actionable insights, and reputation for security and trust, Watson Health is working together with its clients and partners to help them achieve simpler processes, better care insights, faster breakthroughs, and improved experiences for people around the world. Learn more at https://www.ibm.com/watson-health.

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