They say quality attracts quality, and this axiom seems to be at work within the staff and administration at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City. Earlier this year Munson was named to the list of Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals nationwide for the 11th straight year. Only four other hospitals in the nation have made the list at least 11 times, and Munson is the only hospital in Michigan to have done so.
The ranking is based on a broad set of indicators designed to reveal a comprehensive portrait of the hospital’s performance, primarily through public data provided via the Medicare and Medicaid programs. The nine areas of evaluation are mortality, medical complications, patient safety, average length of stay, expenses, profitability, cash-to-debt ratio, patient satisfaction, and adherence to clinical standards of care.
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Thomson Reuters has conducted the study annually since 1993. The company estimates that if every hospital in America could meet the same standards as its Top 100, more than 107,500 additional patients would survive each year, and expenses would decline by $5.9 billion a year.
Buttressing the Top 100 award this year, Munson Medical Center also received Thomson Reuters Everest Award, which was given to a select group of 23 of the Top 100. The company developed the award to recognize hospitals that demonstrate ongoing improvement and innovation in both operations and finance.
“The boards, executives, and physician leaders of the Everest Award-winning hospitals developed long-term strategies and executed them with extraordinary skill and extraordinary results,” said Jean Chenoweth, Senior Vice President for Performance Improvement at Thomson Reuters.
Further testament to the depth of Munson’s teams came when Mercy Hospital Cadillac, also a member of the Munson Healthcare System, was named to the Top 100 for the first time.
Thomson Reuters evaluated 3,000 short-term, acute care, nonfederal hospitals for the study. 231-935-5000. munsonhealthcare.org.