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Jackson Hospital Among Thomson Reuters Top 100 Performance Improvement Leaders for Second Consecutive Year

Hospital news | Thursday, August 28, 2008

Contact: Peter Frohmader

For the second year in a row, Jackson Hospital has been recognized by Thomson Reuters as being one of the 100 most improved hospitals in the U.S. for quality improvement.

“This is an accomplishment we are very proud of, and we honor our staff for achieving this continued recognition for improving quality and efficiency for our local community,” said Jackson Hospital CEO Donald G. Henderson.

“Our focusis to continuously look for ways to grow our service line so we can offer the community of Montgomery quality care in the areas that they need most.” The study – Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals®: Performance Improvement Leaders - examined the performance of more than 2,800 U.S. hospitals in a variety of clinical, financial, and operational areas and identified 100 hospitals that improved the most over five consecutive years (2002-2006). The study rated hospitals on eight factors that reflect clinical outcomes and efficiency, financial strength, and market growth, patient mortality, medical complications, patient safety, length of stay, expenses, profitability, cash-to-debt ratio, and growth in patient volume.

The study also found that the 2007 Thomson Reuters Performance Improvement Leaders were more successful than other hospitals in growing outpatient services. Jackson Hospital has made great strides in this area over recent years and continues to focus on outpatient services with the implementation of a new outpatient imaging center and surgery center, which will open this fall.

“These Performance Improvement Leaders are bellwethers for the progress the entire hospital industry has pursued since the Institute of Medicine published its landmark study, Crossing the Quality Chasm, in 2001,” said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president for performance improvement and 100 Top Hospitals programs at Thomson Reuters Healthcare. “They are an important group to watch because they demonstrate a variety of ways that real improvement can be achieved in many key areas across the hospital organization simultaneously over an extended timeframe.”

Findings from the fifth edition of the Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals®: Performance Improvement Leaders study appears in the August 11, 2008, issue of Modern Healthcare magazine.

More information on these studies and other 100 Top Hospitals research is available at www.100tophospitals.com.