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Lankenau Medical Center Named One of the Nation’s 100 Top Hospitals by Truven Health

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Lankenau Medical Center has been named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Truven Health Analytics, formerly the healthcare business of Thomson Reuters. Truven Health Analytics is a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare. The winning hospitals were announced in the February 25 edition of Modern Healthcare.

“Receiving this award is a strong indication of the superior health care we provide every day to our patients,” said Phil Robinson, President, Lankenau Medical Center. “This designation from Truven Health Analytics is a reflection of our dedicated team of physicians and staff who work collaboratively to expand the quality and breadth of our strong clinical programs. Congratulations to the entire Lankenau team for demonstrating a commitment to excellence.”

To conduct the 100 Top Hospitals study, Truven Health researchers evaluated 2,922 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. The study evaluated 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. The study is celebrating its 20th year. Hospitals do not apply, and winners do not pay to market this honor.

If all Medicare inpatients received the same level of care as those treated in the award-winning facilities:

  • More than 164,000 additional lives could be saved.

  • Approximately 82,000 additional patients could be complication free.

  • More than $6 billion could be saved.

  • The average patient stay would decrease by nearly half a day.

  • If the same standards were applied to all inpatients, the impact would even be greater.  

“The winners of the 100 Top Hospitals award have driven the national benchmarks higher every year for 20 years. This year’s winners have brought even higher value to their local communities - better quality, higher efficiency and high patient perceptions of care, while confronting the challenges of massive industry-wide transformation to implement healthcare reform," said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president at Truven Health Analytics. ”The key  to success in a tumultuous environment  is visionary leadership  that develops and maintains a hospital-wide culture of excellence that cuts across everything, from patient care to housekeeping to administration, and the refusal to rest on laurels when it comes to adopting new technologies and techniques.  I congratulate this year’s winners for their persistent drive for excellence.”

Over the past several years, Lankenau’s focus on process improvement and superior outcomes has garnered attention from several independent rating organizations including recognition from The Joint Commission as a Top Performer, and most recently Lankenau received the 2013 Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™. In the fall of 2013, Lankenau will open a $529 million, 263,682-square-foot, state-of-the-art new patient building, further advancing Lankenau’s position as a regional leader in cardiovascular care.

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

About Lankenau Medical Center

Lankenau Medical Center, a member of Main Line Health, is recognized as a national leader in advancing new options to diagnose and treat illness, protect against disease and save lives. Located on a 93-acre suburban campus just outside of Philadelphia, the 389-bed, not-for-profit teaching hospital includes one of the nation’s leading cardiovascular centers; the Lankenau Institute of Medical Research, one of the few freestanding hospital-associated research centers in the nation; and the Annenberg Conference Center for Medical Education. Lankenau offers state-of-the-art services from cancer care to maternity care. Lankenau is ranked #7 in Pennsylvania and #4 in the Philadelphia metro area in US News & World Report’s Best Hospitals, is ranked nationally for diabetes and endocrinology, and is high-performing in 11 of 16 potential categories: cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, ear, nose and throat, gastroenterology and GI surgery, geriatrics, gynecology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology and urology. Lankenau has achieved The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for stroke care and breast cancer care and is one of the nation’s Top Performing Hospitals for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care. Lankenau has also been ranked for multiple years as one of the top 50 cardiovascular hospitals in the nation by Truven Health Analytics. The hospital has achieved MAGNET® designation, the nation’s highest award for excellence in nursing care. For more information about Lankenau Medical Center, visit mainlinehealth.org/lankenau.

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