St. Luke's - One of the Best-Performing U.S. Healthcare Systems
Sioux City, IA - St. Luke’s Health System and its parent organization, UnityPoint Health, are among the top healthcare systems in the nation. The ranking is based on clinical quality and efficiency, according to results of Thomson Reuter’s 100 Top Hospitals: Health System Benchmarks Study. All health systems in the United States with two or more short-term, general, non-federal hospitals – a total of 255 – were assessed for the annual study.
"The positive results for St. Luke’s and UnityPoint Health reveal that our vision of delivering the Best Outcome for Every Patient Every Time has been embraced across our health system,” UnityPoint Health President and CEO Bill Leaver says. “While the numbers show we are achieving objectives for safety and quality care, it is the sharing of best practices, striving for innovation and the tremendous cooperation among all of our partners that is driving our success.”
The best-performing systems in the study, including UnityPoint Health, had 16 percent lower mortality, 18 percent fewer medical complications and 16 percent fewer patient safety incidents. The study used 2007-2009 data from two databases: Medicare Provider Analysis and Review and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Hospital Compare.
UnityPoint Health also placed in the top 20 percent in 2009, the first year of the study. To develop its rankings, Thomson Reuters measures mortality, medical complications, patient safety, average length of stay, 30-day mortality rate, 30-day readmission rate, adherence to clinical standards of care and patient survey scores.
“St. Luke’s is proud to have made significant contributions to the achievement of UnityPoint Health,” says Peter Thoreen, St. Luke’s Health System President and CEO . “The outstanding care people in Siouxland have become accustomed to receiving from St. Luke’s is found at all UnityPoint Health hospitals and clinics across the state.”