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OhioHealth announced today that it has been recognized by Truven Health Analytics as one of the 15 Top Health Systems® in America in 2014, and among the top five in the "Large Health System" category.

The study, which pulls data from 338 healthcare organizations, has been conducted annually for the past six years. This is the fifth time OhioHealth has been recognized with the honor.

"Recognition by Truven as one of the top 15 systems in the nation celebrates the exceptional care delivered every day by our physicians and associates," said Bruce Vanderhoff, MD, Chief Medical Officer for OhioHealth.  "Being one of only two organizations in the nation to earn this recognition for the fifth time validates our commitment to excellence for every OhioHealth patient and is an honor that we are very proud of."

The Truven Health 15 Top Health Systems® study evaluates performance in eight key performance areas:

  • 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 & 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).

Truven Health Analytics researchers analyze 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.

In total, the top 15 systems saved more lives, made fewer patient safety errors and discharged patients sooner with better long-term outcomes — despite having treated sicker patients, on average. Beyond excelling in clinical quality, the top 15 systems also provided patients with a better overall experience.

Key findings included:

  • Better Survival Rates: The winning 15 top health systems experienced 2-percent fewer deaths than non-winning peer-group hospitals.
  • Lower 30-Day Mortality Rates: Winning systems’ 30-day mortality rates were lower than peer systems’, and smaller-sized winning systems outperformed their peers by the widest margin.
  • Fewer Complications: Patients of the winning health systems had 3-percent fewer complications than patients in other systems.
  • Shorter Hospital Stays: Patients treated in the winning system hospitals had a median average length of stay of 4.5 days, over half a day shorter than their peers’ median of 5.0 days.
  • Better Patient Safety and Core Measure Adherence: The top health systems had 8-percent fewer adverse patient safety events than expected, given the case mix of the particular hospital, and had better adherence to core measures of care than their peers.

"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."

The study divides the top health systems into three comparison groups based on total operating expense of the member hospitals. The winners are as follows:

Large Health Systems

Advocate Health Care

Downers Grove, IL

Mayo Foundation

Rochester, MN


Columbus, OH

Scripps Health

San Diego, CA

Spectrum Health

Grand Rapids, MI

Medium Health Systems

Alegent Creighton Health

Omaha, NE

Mercy Health Southwest Ohio Region

Cincinnati, OH

Mission Health

Asheville, NC

St. Luke's Health System

Boise, ID

Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region

Sacramento, CA

Small Health Systems


Medford, OR

HealthEast Care System

Saint Paul, MN

Roper St. Francis Healthcare

Charleston, SC

Saint Joseph Regional Health System

Mishawaka, IN

Tanner Health System

Carrollton, GA

About OhioHealth

OhioHealth is a nationally recognized, not-for-profit, charitable, healthcare organization with Methodist roots. Based in Columbus, Ohio, OhioHealth is currently recognized as one of the top five large health systems in America by Truven Health Analytics and has been for five years in a row. It is also recognized by FORTUNE Magazine as one of the "100 Best Companies to Work For" and has been for eight years in a row, 2007-2014.

Serving its communities since 1891, it is a family of 28,000 associates, physicians and volunteers, and a network of 12 member hospitals, 25+  health and surgery centers, hospice, home-health, medical equipment and other health services spanning a 40-county area.

OhioHealth member hospitals include OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital, OhioHealth Grant Medical Center, OhioHealth Doctors Hospital-Columbus, OhioHealth Grady Memorial Hospital, OhioHealth Dublin Methodist Hospital, OhioHealth Doctors Hospital-Nelsonville, OhioHealth Hardin Memorial Hospital, OhioHealth Marion General Hospital, OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital, OhioHealth MedCentral Mansfield, OhioHealth MedCentral Shelby and OhioHealth Rehabilitation Hospital. For more information, please visit our website at

About Truven Health Analytics

Truven Health Analytics delivers unbiased information, analytic tools, benchmarks and services to the healthcare industry. Hospitals, government agencies, employers, health plans, clinicians, and pharmaceutical companies have relied on its solutions for over 30 years.

Truven Health Analytics combines deep clinical, financial and healthcare management expertise with innovative technology platforms and information assets to make healthcare better, collaborating with customers to uncover and realize opportunities for improving quality, efficiency, and outcomes.

More information on this study and other 100 Top Hospitals research is available at