March 7, 2017
Lakeview Medical Center, Rice Lake, part of Marshfield Clinic Health System, was named Monday as one of the nation's 100 Top Hospitals® by Truven Health Analytics®, part of the IBM Watson HealthTM business. Truven Health Analytics is a leading provider of information and solutions that support health care cost and quality improvement.
The Truven Health 100 Top Hospitals is the most comprehensive, academically driven study of its kind. It evaluates clinical and operational performance in 11 areas, addressing: inpatient mortality, 30-day mortality rate, complications, core measures, 30-day risk-adjusted readmission rate, severity-adjusted average length of stay, mean emergency room throughput, inpatient expense per discharge, Medicare spend per beneficiary, adjusted operating profit margin and Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) score (patient rating of overall hospital performance). The study has been conducted annually since 1993.
This is the second consecutive year LMC has been recognized in the Small Community Hospital category.
"We at LMC are proud of the fact that Truven's review of publicly available data shows again that we are a national leader in all aspects of our mission: compassionate patient-centered service, accessibility, and care excellence all while working to consistently deliver an outstanding experience at an affordable price," said LMC Regional Hospital Medical Director Dr. John Olson. "This honor is the direct result of all of us working very hard to provide the care that our patients deserve. It is a testimony to the high degree of mutual respect and teamwork everyone displays each day."
Hospitals do not apply for consideration, and winners do not pay to market this honor.
According to Truven's report, LMC is more likely to have systems in place that help safeguard patients from medical error, improve outcomes, provide evidence-based treatment, and deliver care at a reasonable cost. Public data and objective analysis also show LMC to be a financially stable employer with high scores in patient perception of care.
Based on the results of this year's study, if all Medicare inpatients received the same level of care as those treated in the award-winning facilities:
- Nearly than 89,000 additional lives could be saved
- Over 61,000 additional patients could be complication-free
- Over $5.6 billion in inpatient costs could be saved
- The average patient stay would decrease by half a day
- Over 300,000 fewer discharged patients would be readmitted within 30 days
- Patients would spend nine minutes less in hospital emergency departments per visit.
"I congratulate our colleagues at Lakeview Medical Center for their recognition of the outstanding work enriching lives through accessible, affordable, compassionate health care," said Dr. Narayana Murali, chief clinical strategy officer, Marshfield Clinic Health System. "The health care provided at LMC is an example of how we function as an integrated health system looking after the best interests of our patients and communities we serve."
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Marshfield Clinic Health System (MCHS) oversees Marshfield Clinic and other subsidiaries, including Security Health Plan of Wisconsin, Inc., MCIS, Inc., Marshfield Clinic Health System Foundation, Flambeau Hospital in Park Falls and Lakeview Medical Center in Rice Lake. Marshfield Clinic, with more than 50 locations in Wisconsin, serves patients through accessible, high quality health care, research and education; with more than 700 physician specialists in 86 specialties and subspecialties and more than 6,500 employees. MCHS is overseen by a Board of Directors with 13 independent members and 11 physicians who comprise the Marshfield Clinic Board.