SJRMC Named a 15 Top Health System by Truven Health Analytics

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Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center (SJRMC) has been named one of the nation's 15 Top Health Systems by Truven Health Analytics.

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Truven 15 Top Health System

"... better care is our calling." - Albert Gutierrez, president and CEO, SJRMC

Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center (SJRMC) has been named one of the nation's 15 Top Health Systems by Truven Health Analytics, a leading provider of information and solutions that improve the cost and quality of healthcare. SJRMC has been recognized by Truven Health Analytics as a 15 Top Health System for three of the past four years.

According to Truven Health Analytics' analysis of 341 health systems, the 15 Top Health Systems, in matchups with their peers, set the standard for care in all study comparisons: they have better survival rates, fewer patient complications, better long-term outcomes, better adherence to accepted care protocols and patient-safety standards, shorter hospital stays and higher patient-satisfaction scores.

"We are humbled to be recognized by Truven Health Analytics for the third time in four years," said Albert Gutierrez, president and CEO, SJRMC. "All of us at SJRMC are united by a common purpose — caring for the community we are a part of. We do this not because of awards, but because better care is our calling."

The complete list of this year's winners can be seen here.

To inform the study, Truven Health Analytics researchers analyzed public information — Medicare cost reports, Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MEDPAR) data and core measures and patient satisfaction data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Hospital Compare website. Researchers from Truven Health Analytics have analyzed and reported on the performance of individual hospitals since 1993.

The winning health systems were announced in the April 20, 2015, edition of Modern Healthcare magazine.

"This year's health system winners are setting the national standard for higher quality, efficiency and patient perception of care, which together mean higher value for each community served,” said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president for performance improvement and 100 Top Hospitals programs at Truven Health Analytics. “These leadership teams are transforming their systems more rapidly than their peers, and they are, or stand to become, outstanding partners with employers and other stakeholders in setting goals for improving community health.”

According to Truven Health Analytics, the key findings in the study are:

  • Lower Cost per Episode: The winning 15 Top Health Systems spent 7 percent less per care episode than non-winning peer systems.
  • Better Survival Rates: The winning systems experienced 1.2 percent fewer deaths than non-winning peer systems.
  • Fewer Complications: Patients of the winning health systems had 5 percent fewer complications than patients in other systems.
  • Better Patient Safety and Core Measures Adherence: The top health systems had a 10.9 percent better patient safety performance and better adherence to core measures of care than their peers.

SJRMC is a multi-hospital healthcare system that includes a 254-bed acute care hospital in Mishawaka; a 58-bed acute care hospital in Plymouth; a 40-bed Rehabilitation Institute; Outpatient Services of the Elm Road Medical Campus; and the Saint Joseph Physician Network that includes 26 locations and more than 85 providers.

About Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center
Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center (SJRMC) is a not-for-profit, multi-hospital healthcare system located in North Central Indiana, offering a full range of services. SJRMC includes: a 254-bed acute care hospital at our Mishawaka Campus; a 58-bed acute care hospital at our Plymouth Campus; a 40-bed Rehabilitation Institute; Outpatient services of the Elm Road Medical Campus; and the Saint Joseph Physician Network that includes 26 practices with more than 85 providers. All inpatient rooms at all SJRMC facilities are private.

A Catholic Ministry Organization of Trinity Health, SJRMC offers personalized, faith-based care paired with the latest in advanced medical technology and procedures. In 2012, 2014 and 2015 SJRMC was named one of the nation’s 15 Top Health Systems and awarded Top 5 for Small Health Systems. In July 2014, for the fourth year running, SJRMC was named one of the “Most Wired” hospitals. For more information, please visit http://www.sjmed.com.

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