April 2006

Top Hospitals List Includes Three from Catholic Health Initiatives

The 13th list of the 100 Top Hospitals®: National Benchmarks for Success includes three of Catholic Health Initiatives’ hospitals: Flaget Memorial Hospital, Bardstown, Ky.; Memorial Hospital, Chattanooga, Tenn.; and Saint Joseph East, Lexington, Ky.

The list was determined by a study conducted by Solucient, a health care information products company based in Evanston, Ill., that identifies industry benchmarks by recognizing U.S. hospitals that demonstrate superior clinical, operational and financial performance. Solucient uses Medicare data to score facilities on nine measures, including mortality; complications; patient safety; growth in patient volume; length of stay; expense per discharge; profit from operations; cash-to-debt ratio; and tangible assets per discharge. While the 100 Top Hospitals treat sicker patients who require more complex treatment, they show better patient outcomes and lower costs.