Parkview Health rated among top 15 medical systems

May 8th, 2017

The Journal Gazette

Parkview Health landed on a national list of the top 15 medical systems, based on factors including patient outcomes and efficiency.

The Truven Health Analytics list grouped the health systems by total operating expense, and Parkview was listed among those in the middle with $750 million to $1.75 billion. Other medium-size health systems on the list included two in Ohio: Kettering Health Network in Dayton and Mercy Health Southwest Ohio Region in Cincinnati.

Large health systems on the list, with $1.75 billion or more in operating expense, included Mayo Foundation in Rochester, Minnesota; Mercy in Chesterfield, Missouri; and Scripps Health in San Diego.

This is Parkview Health's first time on the top 15 list, although several of its hospitals have been recognized multiple times as 100 Top Hospitals.

“Recognitions like these are important not because we are receiving an award, but they can serve as a measure of our ability to improve and deliver high-quality care and a better experience,” Mike Packnett, Parkview Health president and CEO, said in a news release this week.

Truven Health Analytics is part of the IBM Watson Health business and focuses on performance improvement solutions.

The 2017 study analyzed 337 health systems and more than 2,400 hospitals that are members of health systems. The list is based on a review of public data and there is no application fee for inclusion in the study, Truven said in a summary report. Also, neither Truven nor award winners release specific scorecard results to consumers.

Winning health systems, Parkview said, were able to achieve the following compared with peers not on the list:

  • 17.5 percent shorter wait times in the emergency department.
  • 13.4 percent fewer in-hospital deaths.
  • 8.5 percent fewer complications.
  • 10.2 percent shorter length of hospital stays.

“The study recognizes these 15 health systems that have proven it is possible to drive down expense while improving the quality of care,” Jean Chenoweth, a senior vice president with Truven, said in a statement.

Earlier, Truven released its annual Top 100 list. Indiana tied for third with Illinois in the number of hospitals that ranked, nearly doubling the number of hospitals from four to seven that were included. Only Michigan and Texas had more hospitals on that list.

Three of the Top 100 hospitals were in northeast Indiana: Parkview Regional Medical Center, Parkview Huntington Hospital and Dupont Hospital. Dupont is operated by Lutheran Health Network.

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