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Two Main Line Health Hospitals Named Among the Nation's 100 Top Hospitals

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

(Bryn Mawr, Pa.)—Main Line Health is proud to announce that Bryn Mawr and Paoli Hospitals were named among of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Thomson Reuters, a leading, independent provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare.

This marks the third time for Paoli Hospital, which was one of only 20 medium-sized community hospitals nationwide and the only hospital in Pennsylvania to make the list in this category, and the second time for Bryn Mawr Hospital, which was the only teaching hospital in the Philadelphia area named.

“This achievement puts us among an elite group of  hospitals nationwide to receive this distinctive honor and serves as another validation from an outside source that the best care can be found right here in our local communities,” said Jack Lynch, President and CEO, Main Line Health. “Staff, nurses, physicians, and volunteers at Bryn Mawr and Paoli are   to be commended for their commitment and dedication in delivering the highest quality of patient care in the most cost-effective manner.”

The Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals® study, conducted annually since 1993, evaluates performance in 10 areas: mortality; medical complications; patient safety; average patient stay; expenses; profitability; patient satisfaction; adherence to clinical standards of care; post-discharge mortality; and readmission rates for acute myocardial infarction (heart attack), heart failure, and pneumonia.

Being named to Thomson’s Top 100 serves as an acknowledgment that we are able to maintain superior levels of quality and excellence day after day, year after year,” said Barbara Tachovsky, President, Paoli Hospital. “I’m thrilled that our efforts have been recognized with such a prestigious award.”

Andrea Gilbert, President, Bryn Mawr Hospital, added, “This recognition is a direct result of our commitment to patients in our communities. I am extremely proud of the work that our staff, physicians, volunteers, and management do every day to provide outstanding healthcare.”

To conduct the 100 Top Hospitals study, Thomson Reuters researchers evaluated 2,914 short-term, acute care, non-federal hospitals. They used public information — Medicare cost reports, Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) data, and core measures and patient satisfaction data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare website. Hospitals do not apply, and winners do not pay to market this honor.

“This year’s 100 Top Hospitals award winners have delivered exemplary results, despite volatility from healthcare reform," said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president at Thomson Reuters. “The leadership teams at these organizations have dealt with enormous ambiguity, yet remained focused on mission and excellence across the hospital which drove national benchmarks to new highs.”

Chenoweth added that if all Medicare inpatients received the same level of care as those treated in the award-winning facilities:

  • Nearly 116,000 additional patients would survive each year.
  • More than 197,000 patient complications would be avoided annually.
  • Expense per adjusted discharge would drop by $462.
  • The average patient stay would decrease by half a day.

If the same standards were applied to all inpatients, Chenoweth said, the impact would be even greater.  The winning hospitals were announced in the March 28 edition of Modern Healthcare magazine. More information on this study and other 100 Top Hospitals research is available at www.100tophospitals.com.

About MLH

Founded in 1985, Main Line Health (MLH) is a not-for-profit health system serving portions of Philadelphia and its western suburbs. At its core are four of the region’s respected acute care hospitals — Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Paoli Hospital and Riddle Hospital — as well as one of the nation’s premier facilities for rehabilitative medicine, Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital; Mirmont Treatment Center for drug and alcohol recovery; and the Home Care Network, a home health service. Main Line Health also consists of Main Line HealthCare, one of the region’s largest multi-specialty physician networks, and the Lankenau Institute for Medical Research, a non-profit biomedical research organization located on the campus of Lankenau Medical Center. Main Line Health also consists of four outpatient health centers located in Broomall, Collegeville, Exton and Newtown Square. Main Line Health hospitals, with more than 10,000 employees and 2,000 physicians, are the recipients of numerous awards for quality care and service, including recognition among Truven Health Analytics’ list of Top 100 Hospitals and top 20% of health systems in the nation, and Magnet®, the nation’s highest honor for nursing excellence. Main Line Health is among the area’s leaders in medicine, providing advanced patient-centered care, education and research to help our community stay healthy.

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