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At a glance
Previous lists of the 100 Top Hospitals have included these northeast Indiana health care providers:
•Kosciusko Community Hospital, 2011
•DeKalb Memorial Hospital, 2007
•Lutheran Hospital, 2002
•Parkview Hospital, 1997
Source: Thomson Reuters

Dupont makes top 100 list

Hospital among 4 honored in state


Dupont Hospital has been named one of the country’s 100 Top Hospitals for 2012 by Thomson Reuters, local hospital officials announced Wednesday.

Almost 3,000 hospitals nationwide were evaluated on 10 objective criteria, including mortality rates, medical complications rates, patient safety, patient satisfaction and profitability.

“This is a huge honor for us,” Dupont Hospital CEO Chad Towner said. “For us to be recognized as one of the top 100 hospitals, we had to hit it out of the park in every category.”

Dupont was one of only four hospitals in Indiana to earn the distinction and the only one in northeast Indiana. Also on the list are St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital, Indianapolis; Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center, Plymouth; and Major Hospital, Shelbyville.

Dupont Hospital is part of Lutheran Health Network, owned by Community Health Systems Inc.

Lutheran Health Network officials meet regularly as a council, sharing best practices, Towner said. He’s received calls from leaders at his sister hospitals, colleagues who want to know what he’s doing that they’re not.

The country’s best hospitals hold down costs, the study found. The typical hospital on the list charged $464 less for each discharged patient than the typical hospital that didn’t make the cut.

By comparing the honored hospitals to their counterparts, the report found that if all hospitals performed at the same level as the top 100, more than 186,000 additional lives could be saved each year and more than $4.3 billion could be cut from annual health care costs.

New York-based Thomson Reuters is a leading international source of business information. The organization evaluates hospital performance by assigning a team of researchers to use public data from the previous two years “to develop an independent and objective assessment,” the report states.

Hospitals don’t submit entries or pay to publicize their placement on the list.

Dupont Hospital, which opened to patients on the north side in April 2001, is the region’s fifth hospital to appear on the list during its 19 years. No northeast Indiana hospital has appeared more than once, although, nationwide, other hospitals have been included as many as 15 times.