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News: CNIMC Named in 100 Top Hospital List

Centegra Northern Illinois Medical Center, McHenry, this week was named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals ® by Evanston-based Solucient ®, the nation’s leading source of healthcare information products.

The award recognizes hospitals that have achieved excellence in quality of care, efficiency, performance and growing community service. This is the first time Centegra Northern Illinois Medical Center (CNIMC) has been recognized with this honor.

The thirteenth edition of Solucient’s 100 Top Hospitals: National Benchmarks for Success study appears in the February 27 issue of Modern Healthcare magazine.

“Being named as one of Solucient’s top 100 hospitals is a culmination of hard work, complete dedication to our patients and an ongoing desire to provide the highest quality care by our entire team at Centegra Northern Illinois Medical Center,” Aaron Shepley, Senior Vice President and Site Administrator for CNIMC said. “We are proud to be among the elite 100 and one of only seven hospitals in Illinois to be named to the list,” he added.

CNIMC has embarked on a major expansion and enhancement plan to help support the special healthcare needs of the rapidly expanding populations of the communities we serve. As part of the plan, CNIMC most recently added emergency and elective cardiac catheterization and is seeking approval from the state of Illinois to establish McHenry County’s first open heart surgery program , has advanced cancer treatment capabilities with high-dose rate brachytherapy and intensity modulated radiation therapy, as well as having enhanced the hospital’s already advanced medical imaging equipment.

“We are proud to be among the 100 Top Hospitals in the country. It further demonstrates our dedication to quality, growth and most importantly our dedication to the health of the community in which we serve,” Michael S. Eesley, Centegra President and CEO commented. “It is because of this dedication that the residents of the McHenry County region should feel confident they are receiving quality healthcare that is among the best in the nation.”

Research showed that emergency departments (EDs) at winners of the 100 Top Hospitals National award tend to have a higher percentage of patients requiring more complex treatment or admission to the hospital than EDs at non-winners. Benchmark hospitals were approximately nine percent more likely to have higher complexity or admitted patients from the ED, after adjusting for hospital region and class.

The 100 Top Hospitals also have better patient safety as indicated by risk-adjusted Patient Safety Indicator (PSI) rates that were significantly lower than non-winners for nine of the 11 PSIs studied.

In addition, benchmark hospitals were also less likely to experience adverse outcomes, also known as medical injuries, than peer hospitals. The presence of any of adverse result, as defined by the PSI list, significantly and negatively impacted the risk of death, patient length of stay (LOS) and cost per case.

“The 100 Top Hospital award winners continue to demonstrate significant distinctions in provision of value to their communities, as shown by objective differences in clinical outcomes, patient safety, efficiency and stability,” said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president of Solucient’s Center for Healthcare Improvement, which is responsible for the 100 Top Hospitals program. “The heavier volumes of the severely ill treated in EDs of these high-performing hospitals may suggest different approaches to accommodating the physician office-level needs of the community – possibly through partnerships or alternate care services to streamline EDs.”

Other key findings of the study include:

If all acute care hospitals performed at the same level as the nation’s benchmark hospitals, as many as 106,312 more Medicare patients could survive and an additional 117,000 patient stays could be complication-free each year – at an estimated annual savings of $7.6 billion.

For the second straight year, the Midwest region was home to the highest number of national benchmark hospitals, confirming a shift from the South, which previously had the highest number of national award winners for nearly a decade.

Survival rates were higher at benchmark hospitals (96.9 percent) compared to the typical peer hospital (96.2 percent), translating into tens of thousands of lives saved.
The 100 Top Hospitals treated sicker patients requiring more complex treatment, yet had better patient outcomes and lower costs.

The 13th edition of the Solucient 100 Top Hospitals: National 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, growth in patient volume, severity-adjusted average length of stay, and several other key performance indicators.