United Regional Named One of the Nation's 100 Top Hospitals

United Regional Named One of the Nation's 100 Top Hospitals

WICHITA FALLS – United Regional was named as one of the nation's 100 Top Hospitals® by Truven Health Analytics in the Monday issue of Modern Healthcare magazine.

The Truven Health 100 Top Hospitals® study evaluates performance in 10 areas:

  • Mortality
  • Medical complications
  • Patient safety
  • Average patient stay
  • Expenses
  • Profitability
  • Patient satisfaction
  • Adherence to clinical standards of care
  • Post-discharge mortality
  • Readmission rates for:
    • acute myocardial infarction (heart attack)
    • heart failure
    • pneumonia

United Regional was also honored as an Everest Award winner. This means United Regional has also simultaneously set national benchmarks for the fastest, most consistent long-term improvement as measured over the past five (5) years (2007-2011). According to Truven Health Analytics, hospitals that win this elite award are setting the standard for both long-term improvement and top one-year performance. United Regional is one of only 17 hospitals nationally who achieved this honor in 2013.

President and CEO of United Regional, Phyllis Cowling states, "I am incredibly proud of our employees and physicians for their dedication to delivering high quality, efficient and effective patient care, as evidenced by these honors. These awards objectively validate our individual and collective commitment to each other and the patients we serve."

To conduct the 100 Top Hospitals study, Truven Health researchers evaluated 2,922 short-term, acute care, non-federal hospitals. They used public information — Medicare cost reports, Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) data, and core measures and patient satisfaction data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare website. Hospitals do not apply, and winners do not pay to market this honor.

"The winners of the 100 Top Hospitals award have driven the national benchmarks higher every year for 20 years. This year's winners have brought even higher value to their local communities - better quality, higher efficiency and high patient perceptions of care, while confronting the challenges of massive industry-wide transformation to implement healthcare reform," said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president at Truven Health Analytics.

Chenoweth added, "The key to success in a tumultuous environment is visionary leadership that develops and maintains a hospital-wide culture of excellence that cuts across everything, from patient care to housekeeping to administration, and the refusal to rest on laurels when it comes to adopting new technologies and techniques. I congratulate this year's winners for their persistent drive for excellence."

Truven Health Analytics is a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare. The study is celebrating its 20th year and has been conducted annually since 1993.