St. Luke's recognized as Top 100 Hospital for fifth time

For the fifth time, St. Luke’s Hospital has been honored as one of the 100 Top Hospitals in the U.S. in an annual ranking of nearly 3,000 acute-care general hospitals.

“This is an outstanding achievement for the doctors, nurses, staff, board and volunteers,” said Ted Townsend, St. Luke’s President & CEO. “For the fifth year, St. Luke’s has been named to the Truven Health Analytics 100 Top Hospitals list. This is extremely difficult to accomplish and something our community should be very proud of. The Truven Top 100 designation is a prestigious industry gold standard award, which cannot be purchased – most others require payment to market their awards. The Truven Award is based on facts, not opinion.”

St. Luke’s earned this honor in 2004, 2005, 2009, 2011, and now again in 2012.

The 100 Top Hospitals: National Benchmarks study evaluated nearly 3,000 acute care, non-federal hospitals, including St. Luke’s, in 10 areas: mortality, medical complications, patient safety, average length of stay, expenses, profitability, patient satisfaction, adherence to clinical standards of care, and post-discharge mortality and readmission rates for acute heart attacks, heart failure and pneumonia.

The study has been conducted annually since 1993. The study then compared St. Luke’s performance against similarly-sized hospitals across the country.

The study also found that if all Medicare inpatients throughout the country received the same level of care as those treated in these 100 Top Hospitals award winners, including St. Luke’s, then:

• More than 164,000 additional lives could be saved.

• Approximately 82,000 additional patients could be complication-free.

• More than $6 billion could be saved.

• The average patient stay would decrease by nearly half a day.

If the same standards were applied to all inpatients, the impact would be even greater. Go to to read the entire 100 Top Hospitals: National Benchmarks study.

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