January 2000

Catholic Health Initiatives Hospitals Rank in the Top 100


Several Catholic Health Initiatives hospitals are included in new national and regional lists of the top hospitals in the country, as well as lists of top hospitals for orthopedic and cardiovascular services. Four Catholic Health Initiatives hospitals are among the best in the nation, according to the new study, "100 Top Hospitals: Benchmarks for Success," released in December by HCIA, a health care information company based in Baltimore, Md., and The Health Network, a provider of consumer health information. For the sixth consecutive year, St. Joseph Medical Center, Tacoma, Wash., part of Franciscan Health System, made the 100 top hospitals list based on quality of care, efficiency of operations and sustainability of overall performance. Two other Franciscan Health System hospitals – St. Clare Hospital, Lakewood, Wash., and St. Francis Hospital, Federal Way, Wash. – also made the list, as did Our Lady of the Way Hospital, Martin, Ky. Recognizing the vast regional differences in health care markets, HCIA and The Health Network also released lists of hospitals that were not included in the top 100 but are still top performers in their markets. Three Catholic Health Initiatives Hospitals earned this regional recognition. The study’s rankings are based on eight measures of clinical quality practices, operations and financial management. The study methodology focuses on statistical rather than anecdotal evidence of top performance and compares hospitals of similar size and teaching or non-teaching status. Highlights of the study’s overall findings include:
  • If all U.S. hospitals were to operate like the 100 Top Hospitals, savings in the industry would exceed $31 billion annually.
  • The hospitals that made the list treat sicker patients while achieving better outcomes as measured by mortality and complications.
  • The 100 Top Hospitals are efficient: they work with fewer staff, care for more patients and are twice as profitable as other hospitals.
Five make list of top orthopedic hospitals Along with five Catholic Health Initiatives hospitals made the list of the 100 best-performing hospitals for orthopedic services, according to another recent study conducted by HCIA and The Health Network. The study, "100 Top Hospitals: Orthopedic Benchmarks for Success" shows that top hospitals for orthopedics had mortality and complication rates that were 22 to 86 percent lower than those of their peers and greater success in holding down costs and lengths of stay. The study was based on quantitative data from nearly 734,000 Medicare cost reports. The study also found that more than twice as many women as men utilized orthopedic services. In addition, 57 percent of men but only 37 percent of women patients were discharged to their homes rather than to other care facilities. Last year, HCIA also conducted a study that found several Catholic Health Initiatives hospitals to be among the nation’s 100 top hospitals for cardiovascular services. For more information about the studies conducted by HCIA and The Health Network, or to view complete lists of the top hospitals, visit www.TheHealthNetwork.com.