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No Louisville hospital makes Thomson-Reuters Top 100; Bardstown, Lexington score

by Staff

Close, but no cigar.

Louisville didn’t make it onto the 2011 Thomson-Reuters list of 100 best U.S. hospitals, though one near-by town did.

The nearest facility on the list is Flaget Memorial Hospital outside Bardstown in Nelson County, about 45 miles south of Louisville. Flaget made the list of best small community hospitals.

Saint Joseph East Hospital in Lexington made the list in the medium community hospital category.

Both are owned by Denver-based Catholic Health Initiatives, which is in merger talks with Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s Healthcare (where it’s a minority partner) and the University of Louisville.

Harlan Appalachian Regional Healthcare Hospital in Harlan, Kentucky also made the small community hospital list.

Analysts at the New York City-based news service uses objective, public data to rate the hospitals, and the hospitals pay no fee to be considered for the list. If all hospitals met the list criteria, 116,000 additional patients would survive each year, according to the company.

Here’s the rest of the spiel from Thompson-Reuters:

Our annual study is unique in that it evaluates hospitals on measures of overall organization performance, including patient care, operational efficiency, and financial stability. It compares hospitals only against similar facilities in terms of size and teaching status.

Identified from nearly 3,000 U.S. hospitals, our award winners demonstrate that high-quality patient outcomes can be achieved while improving efficiency.  If all hospitals performed at the same level as the 100 Top Hospitals award winners*:

  • Nearly 116,000 additional patients would survive each year.
  • More than 197,000 patient complications would be avoided annually.
  • The average patient stay would decrease by half a day.
  • Expense per adjusted discharge would drop by $462.

*Based on analysis of Medicare inpatients over one year.

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