Spectrum Health United Hospital in top 100 nationwide

By Daily News • Last Updated 10:24 pm on Friday, April 20, 2012

GREENVILLE — Spectrum Health United Hospital (SHUH) in Greenville was named one of the top 100 best hospitals in the country based on Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals surveyed.

Of the 918 small-community hospitals surveyed nationwide, only 20 were selected as recipients. SHUH is the only small-community hospital, under 100 beds, in the region to receive the recognition.

This award places SHUH in the top 2 percent of about 5,500 hospitals in the nation.

“This award is the result of the dedication and teamwork of our medical staff and employees,” said Tina Freese-Decker, president of SHUH. “Their commitment to excellence and compassion shines for every patient, every day.”

Thomson Reuters does an annual study examining the changing performance levels in hospitals and identifies hospitals based on overall performance.

The 10 areas the study evaluates are mortality, medical complications, patient safety, average length of stay, expenses, profitability, patient satisfaction, adherence to clinical standards of care, post-discharge mortality, readmission rates for acute myocardial infarction, heart failure and pneumonia.

Thomson Reuters does research and evaluates 2,914 short-term acute care, non-federal hospitals. They use public information, core measures and patient satisfaction data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Hospital Compare website.

Hospitals do not apply and winners do not pay to market the honor.

“It is extremely gratifying to be recognized for our ongoing commitment to excellent quality, safety and patient satisfaction,” Freese-Decker said. “To be named one of the top 100 hospitals in the nation reaffirms our mission and vision to improve the health of the community and be a leader for health.”

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