Thomson Reuters researchers evaluated health systems with at least two short-term, general, acute care hospitals that treat a broad spectrum of patients. Researchers used public data from the Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) dataset and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Hospital Compare datasets.
Listed alphabetically, the Top 10 Health Systems are:
1. Advocate Health Care - Oak Brook, IL
2. Cape Cod Healthcare - Hyannis, MA
3. CareGroup Healthcare System - Boston, MA
4. Kettering Health Network - Dayton, OH
5. Maury Regional Healthcare System - Columbia, TN
6. Mayo Foundation - Rochester, MN
7. NorthShore University HealthSystem - Evanston, IL
8. OhioHealth - Columbus, OH
9. Partners Healthcare - Boston, MA
The study has been conducted annually since 2009. Advocate Health Care, Kettering Health Network and OhioHealth have appeared on the list three times. This is the second year that Mayo Foundation and Spectrum Health have been named.
Compared with their peers, the 10 top health systems have better short- and long-term survival rates and fewer patient complications; follow accepted care protocols and patient safety standards more closely; have an average length of stay that is more than half a day shorter; and their patients report a better overall hospital experience, the study shows.