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Memorial Hospital Named One of the Nation's 100 Top Hospitals® by Thomson Reuters

Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center has been named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® for 2008 by Thomson Reuters, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of health care.

The award recognizes hospitals that have achieved excellence in clinical outcomes, patient safety, patient satisfaction, financial performance, and operational efficiency. This is the second time Memorial Hospital has been recognized with this honor – the first being 2004 when the award was known as Solucient 100 Top Hospitals®.

For Memorial Hospital’s President and CEO, Ray Snowden, this recognition is extremely heartwarming, and he stated, "I am so very proud of Memorial Hospital’s staff, and this recognition is a reflection of the entire organization. Everyone here – the medical staff, employees, and board of directors – should be commended for making Memorial Hospital the facility it is today. With the rapid growth we’ve experienced in the past few years, it is a true credit to our staff that we’ve been able to not only maintain excellent organizational performance, but also to show continued improvement in clinical quality and efficiency of services. Being one of only twenty medium-size hospitals in the United States to receive the 100 Top Hospitals® award is outstanding. However, that Memorial Hospital has received it two of the past five years is simply astounding!"

Memorial Hospital offers a comprehensive range of acute medical services in a 133-bed facility located on Ninth Street in Jasper. As a regional health center with nearly 90 active staff physicians and 1,400 employees, Memorial Hospital serves Dubois and surrounding counties in southern Indiana. Under the sponsorship of the Sisters of the Little Company of Mary, the hospital annually provides care for more than 8,000 inpatients and 225,000 outpatients. The hospital has received other national recognition including the 2004 Solucient 100 Top Hospitals® Award; the 2007 Select Practice National Quality Award; and 2007 “Five-Star Hospital” designation.

The winners were identified through an in-depth analysis, the Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals®: National Benchmarks study. The study evaluated 3,000 short-term, acute care, non-federal hospitals in nine areas: mortality, medical complications, patient safety, average length of stay, expenses, profitability, cash-to-debt ratio, patient satisfaction, and adherence to clinical standards of care. The winning hospitals were announced in the March 30 edition of Modern Healthcare magazine.

“The 100 Top Hospitals winners raised the bar again this year, delivering a higher level of reliable care and greater value for their communities,” said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president for performance improvement and 100 Top Hospitals programs at Thomson Reuters.

If all Medicare inpatients received the same level of care as Medicare patients treated in the winning hospitals:

  • More than 107,500 additional patients would survive each year.
  • Nearly 132,000 patient complications would be avoided annually.
  • Expenses would decline by $5.9 billion a year.
  • The average patient stay would decrease by nearly half a day.

More information on this study and other 100 Top Hospitals research is available at www.100tophospitals.com.

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