IBM Watson Health names 17 HCA Healthcare hospitals to top 100 list, Continental Division earns top health system spot

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Lone Peak Hospital in Draper, Utah sits at the top of IBM Watson Health’s top small community hospital list

Fortune/IBM Watson Health has released the 2020 rankings of the 100 Top Hospitals and the 15 Top Health Systems in the nation. Learn which HCA Healthcare hospitals made the lists below… 

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We’re proud to announce that 17 HCA Healthcare hospitals have earned spots on Fortune/IBM Watson Health’s 100 Top Hospitals 2020 list. This year, HCA Healthcare’s Continental Division, which includes Denver-based HealthONE and and Wichita-based Wesley Healthcare, has been named the top large health system as part of the 15 Top Health Systems list.

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Dr. Jonathan B. Perlin, president of clinical services and chief medical officer at HCA Healthcare

IBM Watson Health publishes the esteemed lists annually, identifying excellence in clinical outcomes, operational efficiency, financial health and patient experience. The lists were established to help identify top performance benchmarks that may help other healthcare organizations achieve consistent, balanced and sustainable high performance.

“It’s a great honor for our top-performing hospitals to be acknowledged for their unyielding dedication to innovation and high-value, patient-centered care,” said Dr. Jonathan Perlin, president of clinical operations and chief medical officer at HCA Healthcare.

“The commitment of our clinicians, caregivers and all colleagues to drive best practices toward the delivery of safe, effective care has been amplified throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and we will continue to evolve to meet challenges and realize opportunities during this global crisis and beyond,” Perlin adds.

17 HCA Healthcare hospitals ranked in 100 Top Hospitals list

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Jane Englebright, senior vice president and chief nurse executive at HCA Healthcare

The 17 HCA Healthcare hospitals on the 100 Top Hospitals list were selected after a thorough assessment of 3,134 short-term, acute care, non-federal hospitals in the United States. Compared with peer hospitals, the top 100 Top Hospitals had better survival rates, fewer patient complications, shorter lengths of stay and lower inpatient expenses.

“Year after year our hospitals show extraordinary leadership on IBM Watson Health’s 100 Top Hospitals list,” Jane Englebright, senior vice president and chief nurse executive at HCA Healthcare. “While this year has brought unique challenges, our care facilities have met those challenges admirably and with great resilience, finding new ways to provide safe, great care and support our patients and communities during COVID-19. During this pandemic, HCA Healthcare’s committed physicians, nurses and colleagues have stretched themselves not only to see the path forward – but to create the path forward.”

The top 100 hospitals represent teaching facilities and large, medium and small community hospitals, including:

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Rose Medical Hospital in Denver, Colorado ranked high on IBM Watson Health’s top teaching hospital list

HCA Healthcare Teaching Hospitals

Large HCA Healthcare Community Hospitals

Medium HCA Healthcare Community Hospitals

Small HCA Healthcare Community Hospitals

Top Large Health System – Continental Division

This is the first time HCA Healthcare’s Continental Division has been recognized as the top large health system as part of the 15 Top Health Systems list. The list identifies 15 designees from a rigorous evaluation of 332 health systems and 2,492 hospitals that are members of health systems.

Logos for HealthONE and HCA Healthcare Continental Division

Compared with similar health systems, the 15 on this year’s list had better results on several clinical and operational benchmarks, including 30-day readmission rates, length of stay, episode-of-care expenses and patient ratings.

“To be recognized as the best large health system in the nation is a testament to the dedication and efforts of our hospital teams,” said Sylvia Young, president and chief executive officer of HCA Healthcare’s Continental Division.“Each of our hospitals’ first priority is providing a safe, high-quality patient experience. We hire top talent who have strong clinical and operational acumen and a passion for creating a memorable patient experience,” adds Young. “This starts at the top with hospital leadership supporting colleagues who are at the bedside providing direct patient care, as well as colleagues in all areas of support services, who all have a relentless drive to fulfill our mission statement that ‘Above all else, we are committed to the care and improvement of human life.’”

The IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals Program’s annual studies result in the Fortune/IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals list, IBM Watson Health 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals and IBM Watson Health 15 Top Health Systems. Organizations do not apply or pay for this honor or pay to promote their award. Award-winning hospitals and health systems serve as a model of excellence for the industry.

The rankings, previously called the Truven Health Analytics 100 Top Hospitals, have been conducted annually since 1993. Click here to learn more about the IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals. 

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