June/July 2004

Solucient Includes Four CHI Hospitals in Top 100

The list of the country’s 100 Top Hospitals for 2003 published by Solucient, a health care business intelligence firm in Evanston, Ill., includes four Catholic Health Initiatives hospitals. They are: Penrose-St. Francis Healthcare Colorado Springs, Colo. Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center Lincoln, Neb. St. Clare Hospital Lakewood, Wash. St. Francis Hospital Federal Way, Wash. Based on an analysis of U.S. acute care hospitals, Solucient identified top performing hospitals for setting performance benchmarks in four critical areas: quality of care, operational efficiency, financial performance and adaptation to the environment. The 2003 study also found that the nation’s topperforming hospitals are more likely to address the needs of the terminally ill through hospice services than other U.S. hospitals.