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SJRMC Named One of the Nation's 15 Top Health Systems
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04/22/2014
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by Truven Health Analytics

Mishawaka, Ind. (April 21, 2014) — 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 was also recognized as one of the nation's 5 Top Small Health Systems (systems with less than $750 Million in operating expenses).

According to Truven Health Analytics' analysis of more than 300 health systems, the 15 Top Health Systems, in matchups with their peers, are ahead of the pack 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.

"Being recognized as one of the nation's 15 Top Health Systems is a testament to the talented professionals we have and their dedication to a culture of quality and safety," said Albert Gutierrez, president and CEO, Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center. "We commit deep resources in state-of-the-art technologies in order to set the standard of care in all communities we serve. We do this, not to win awards, but because better care is our calling."

In 2012, SJRMC was also recognized by Truven Health Analytics as a Top 15 Health System and a Top 5 Small Health System. The complete list of this year's winners can be seen here.

U.S. health systems with two or more short-term, general, non-federal hospitals; cardiac and orthopedic hospitals; and critical access hospitals were assessed in the study. Researchers looked at eight metrics that gauge clinical quality and efficiency: mortality, medical complications, patient safety, average length of stay, 30-day mortality rate, 30-day readmission rate, adherence to clinical standards of care (evidence-based core measures published by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services), and HCAHPS patient survey score (part of a national initiative sponsored by the United States Department of Health and Human Services to measure the quality of care in hospitals). The study relied on public data from the 2011 and 2012 Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) data and the CMS Hospital Compare data sets.

"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 systems have strong leadership and clinical excellence. And they are, or stand to become, outstanding partners with employers and other stakeholders in setting goals for improving community health."

SJRMC is a multi-hospital healthcare system that includes a 254-bed acute care hospital in Mishawka; 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 75 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 locations with more than 75 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 and 2014, SJRMC was name one of the nation’s 15 Top Health Systems and awarded Top 5 for Small Health Systems. In July 2013, for the third year running, SJRMC was named one of the “Most Wired”. For more information, please visit www.sjmed.com.

Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center  |  5215 Holy Cross Parkway, Mishawaka, IN 46545  |  574-335-5000

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