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News: Centegra Northern Illinois Medical Center is once again among the 100 Top Hospitals in the Nation

Centegra Northern Illinois Medical Center (CNIMC), McHenry, this week was named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals ® by Solucient ®, part of Thomson Healthcare, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare.

The award recognizes hospitals that have achieved excellence in clinical outcomes, patient safety, financial performance, efficiency and growth in patient volume. This is the second time Centegra Northern Illinois Medical Center has been recognized with this honor.

The 2006 Solucient 100 Top Hospitals: National Benchmarks for Success study appears in the March 12 edition of Modern Healthcare magazine.

“We are very proud to be named as one of Solucient’s 100 Top Hospitals for the second year in a row. This acknowledgement continues to demonstrate Centegra’s commitment to quality and our dedication to the health and well-being of the people in the growing community in which we serve,” Michael S. Eesley, president and CEO of Centegra Health System said. “Our entire team, from volunteers to associates to physicians to the Centegra Board of Governors, is dedicated to continuing their passionate work to provide our patients with the highest quality care possible.”

Centegra Health System is continuing on its major expansion and enhancement plan to help support the special healthcare needs of the rapidly growing population of the greater McHenry County community. As part of that plan, Centegra Northern Illinois Medical Center has added the county’s only open heart surgery program, emergency and elective cardiac catheterization, advanced cancer treatment capabilities with high-dose rate brachytherapy and intensity modulated radiation therapy, as well as advanced medical imaging equipment and services.

More than half of the winning hospitals in the 2006 study are from the Midwest, eight of which are in Illinois, including Centegra Northern Illinois Medical Center.

“The heavy concentration of high-performing hospitals in the Midwest represents the effectiveness and commitment of hospital leaders in the region,” says Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president, performance improvement and 100 Top Hospitals ® programs, Center for Healthcare Improvement, Thomson Healthcare.

Other key findings of the study include:

If all hospitals performed like the benchmark hospitals, more than 100,000 additional patients could survive each year and an additional 114,000 could avoid complications.
With 25 percent higher admissions per bed, benchmark hospitals treated more patients than non-winning hospitals and also treated patients who were sick and required more complex treatment.

  • The 100 Top Hospitals ® facilities spent an average of 12 percent less, per discharge, than peer hospitals.
  • Median total profit margin at 100 Top Hospitals was nearly three times the median of peer hospitals.
  • Salaries and benefits were $3,200 more a year per full-time staff member at benchmark hospitals.

The 14th edition of the Solucient 100 Top Hospitals Benchmarks for Success study uses a balanced scorecard approach and scores hospitals according to nine key organization-wide measures: risk-adjusted mortality, risk-adjusted complications, patient safety, core measures average, growth in patient volume, severity-adjusted average length of stay, expense per adjusted discharge, profit from operations, and cash to debt ratio.