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WellStar WGMC named to Truven's '100 Top Hospitals' list for second year straight

Mon, March 6, 2017

WellStar WGMC named to Truven's '100 Top Hospitals' list for second year straight

LAGRANGE, Ga. (March 6, 2017) – WellStar West Georgia Medical Center has been named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Truven Health Analytics™ for the second year in a row.

WellStar WGMC was one of three hospitals in Georgia and Alabama to make Truven’s 2017 top 100 list out of more than 2,700 hospitals nationwide. Part of the IBM Watson HealthTM business, Truven is a leading provider of information and solutions that support healthcare cost and quality improvement.

“It was a tremendous honor to receive this award last year, and it’s even sweeter the second time around,” said Jerry Fulks, WGMC’s president. “We all enter into healthcare careers with the intention of helping improve the health of our fellow human beings, so it is particularly rewarding when our entire team receives an honor like this for two consecutive years; it shows our goals are being realized.”

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 89,000 additional lives could be saved.
  • More than 61,000 additional patients could be complication free.
  • More than $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.

“We don’t claim to be perfect, but we certainly strive for perfection with every patient, every measure, every time,” Fulks said. “To this list I will add, ‘for the right reasons,’ because we truly don’t aspire to win awards; we just want our patients to get the best care we can possibly give them.”

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.

“The hospital industry’s ongoing transition from fee-for-service to value-based care appears to be bearing some positive results for both patients and payers,” said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president at Truven Health Analytics. “The magnitude of improvement we’ve observed over the last five years is greater than any other five-year period we’ve tracked. On top of that, this year’s winners have reached new highs in performance in comparison to peers across the country, which suggests that improvement in value from hospitals is likely to continue.”

Modern Healthcare magazine announced the winning hospitals in its March 6 edition. For more information, visit 100tophospitals.com.