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Dupont named one of the nation's 100 top hospitals for third year in a row

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (March 6, 2017) – For the third consecutive year, Dupont Hospital has been named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Truven Health Analytics®, IBM Watson Health™, a leading provider of data-driven analytics and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare. This is the fourth time Dupont has been recognized with this honor. It first earned the status in 2012.

According to the 2017 study, this year’s 100 Top Hospitals study revealed significant differences between award winners and their non-winning peers.

The study’s highest-performing hospitals:
• Had lower inpatient mortality considering patient severity
• Had fewer patient complications
• Followed accepted care protocols for stroke care and blood clot prevention
• Had lower 30-day mortality and 30-day readmission rates
• Sent patients home sooner
• Provided more timely emergency care
• Kept expenses low, both in-hospital and through the aftercare process
• Scored 10 points higher on patient ratings of their overall hospital experience

“Since we opened in 2001, our team members and medical staff have consistently delivered the highest levels of patient experience and quality care,” said Aaron Garofola, chief executive officer, Dupont Hospital. “Doing this year after year while maintaining the personal touch of a community hospital is a prime example of what we have always believed to be ‘The Dupont Difference.’” 

Study projections indicate that if the new national benchmarks of high performance established by 2017 winners were achieved by all hospitals across the country, the following would be true:
• Nearly 89,000 additional lives could be saved in-hospital
• Over 61,000 additional patients could be complication-free
• Over $5.6 billion in inpatient costs could be saved
• The typical patient could be released from the hospital a half day sooner and would have 2% fewer expenses related to the complete episode of care than the median patient in the U.S.
• Over 300,000 fewer discharged patients would be readmitted within 30 days
• Patients could spend 9 minutes less in hospital emergency rooms per visit

The 100 Top Hospitals program is dedicated to the development of evidence-based management in healthcare. For 24 years, its national balanced scorecard and benchmarks have set the standard for hospital-wide performance goals. In addition, the program’s studies have also been the basis for academic research on leadership best practices.

The annual 100 Top Hospitals study uses independent, quantitative research to identify U.S. hospitals with the best overall performance across multiple organizational metrics. To maintain the study’s high level of integrity and eliminate bias, only objective, public data sources are used for calculating outcome metrics. This supports inclusion of hospitals across the country and facilitates consistency of definitions and data.

Hospitals do not apply for consideration and winners do not pay for use of the 100 Top Hospitals title.

More information on this study and other 100 Top Hospitals research is available at http://100tophospitals.com/studies-winners/100-top-hospitals.

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Additional media contacts:
Ariana Nikitas
Truven Health Analytics
anikitas@us.ibm.com
312-533-3437

Brian Erni
Truven Health Analytics
631-584-2200
brian@jrodrerick.com
 

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