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Courtesy Lutheran Health Network

Dupont makes 100 Top Hospitals list

Statement as issued Wednesday by Lutheran Health Network:

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (April 18, 2012) – Dupont Hospital was this week named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals by Thomson Reuters, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare. Dupont was one of only four hospitals in the state, and the only in the region, to achieve the elite 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. The study has been conducted annually since 1993. This is the first time Dupont Hospital has received this honor.

“For more than a decade, we’ve worked around the clock to provide a level of patient care described simply as the Dupont Difference,” said Todd C. Rumsey, MD, board chairman, Dupont Hospital. “Ultimately, the most significant way a hospital differentiates itself is through measurable results. Having independent sources validate what we’ve always known is significant and a great source of pride for all of us.”

The winning hospitals were announced in this week’s edition of Modern Healthcare magazine. Based on comparisons between the study winners and a peer group of similar high-volume hospitals that were not winners, the study 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.

Thomson Reuters based this analysis on the Medicare patients included in this study. If the same standards were applied to all inpatients, the impact would be even greater.

“This merit-based, third-party recognition clearly puts Dupont Hospital in the highest category of quality care and exceptional patient experience -- an achievement that’s unmatched in the region,” said Chad Towner, chief executive office, Dupont Hospital. “By focusing on what’s in the best interest of the patient, the Dupont team has consistently met or exceeded national benchmarks for success.”

To conduct the 100 Top Hospitals study, Thomson Reuters researchers evaluated 2,886 short-term, acute care, nonfederal hospitals. They used public information including Medicare cost reports, Medicare Provider Analysis and Review, or MedPAR, data, and core measures and patient satisfaction data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Hospital Compare website.

Hospitals do not apply, and winners do not pay to market this honor. More information on this study and other 100 Top Hospitals research is available at 100tophospitals.com.

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