HOUSTON (March 29, 2011)

Six Memorial Hermann hospitals have been named among the nation's 100 Top Hospitals® by Thomson Reuters, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare. Memorial Hermann's hospitals were the only ones in the Houston-area to earn the recognition.

The Thomson Reuters 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; post-discharge mortality; and readmission rates for acute myocardial infarction (heart attack), heart failure, and pneumonia. The study has been conducted annually since 1993.

Collectively, Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Northwest Hospital and Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital were awarded in the teaching hospitals category. For the second year in a row, Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital was recognized in the medium community hospitals category. And, for the first time, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital was awarded in the small community hospitals category.

"Memorial Hermann is gratified that six of our hospitals were rated by Thomson Reuters to be among the Top 100 U.S. hospitals in 2011," said Michael Shabot, M.D., chief medical officer for Memorial Hermann. "Thomson Reuters provides an objective evaluation based on calculations made on publicly reported quality, safety and patient satisfaction measurements from all hospitals in the country. The result of those calculations is that six Memorial Hermann hospitals were ranked in the upper 1 percent of all hospitals in the country. We want only the best for our patients and this recognition indicates we are delivering it."

To conduct the 100 Top Hospitals study, Thomson Reuters researchers evaluated 2,914 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.

The winning hospitals were announced in the March 28 edition of Modern Healthcare magazine.

"This year's 100 Top Hospitals award winners have delivered exemplary results, despite volatility from healthcare reform," said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president at Thomson Reuters. "The leadership teams at these organizations have dealt with enormous ambiguity, yet remained focused on mission and excellence, which drove national benchmarks to new highs."

If all Medicare inpatients received the same level of care as those treated in the award-winning facilities:

Nearly 116,000 additional patients would survive each year.More than 197,000 patient complications would be avoided annually.Expense per adjusted discharge would drop by $462.The average patient stay would decrease by half a day.If the same standards were applied to all inpatients, the impact would be even greater.