October 2003

Three Catholic Health Initiatives Facilities on Solucient List of 100 Top Hospitals


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St. Clare Hospital, Lakewood, Wash., St. Francis Hospital, Federal Way, Wash., and St. Joseph Medical Center, Reading, Pa., are on the list of 100 Top Hospitals for 2002 compiled by Solucient, a health care business intelligence firm based in Evanston, Ill. Hospitals on the list have higher survival rates, lower complication rates and lower expenses then their peers. Solucient estimates that if all Medicare inpatients received the same level of care as those in the 100 Top Hospitals, an additional 83,374 patients could survive each year, with 53,500 complications avoided.

The 100 Top Hospitals list has been published every year since 1993, making the 2002 list the 10th edition. St. Clare has appeared on the list three times since 1993, St. Francis has appeared four times and St. Joseph has appeared twice.