HOUSTON (February 25, 2013)

Truven Health Analytics™, formerly the Healthcare business of Thomson Reuters, recently released its annual study identifying the 100 top U.S. hospitals based on their overall organizational performance. Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center was one of only two hospitals in Houston to make the list.

"Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center is honored to again receive this recognition as one of America's top hospitals," said Keith Alexander, CEO, Memorial Hermann Memorial City. "Appreciation goes to our employees and medical staff. Without their hard work and dedication, this accomplishment would not have been possible."

The Truven Health 100 Top Hospitals® study evaluates performance in 10 areas: mortality; medical complications; patient safety; average patient stay; expenses; profitability; patient satisfaction; adherence to clinical standards of care; and post-discharge mortality and readmission rates for acute myocardial infarction (heart attack), heart failure, and pneumonia. The study is celebrating its 20th year, and has been conducted annually since 1993.

To conduct the 100 Top Hospitals study, Truven Health researchers evaluated 2,922 short-term, acute care, non-federal hospitals. They used public information - Medicare cost reports, Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) data, and core measures and patient satisfaction data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare website. Hospitals do not apply, and winners do not pay to market this honor.

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:

  • More than 164,000 additional lives could be saved.
  • Nearly 82,000 additional patients could be complication free.
  • $6 billion could be saved.
  • The average patient stay would decrease by a half-day.