East Liverpool Health System Named One of the

Nation’s 100 Top Hospitals by IBM Watson Health

One of only 13 hospitals in the nation to receive the Everest Award

(East Liverpool, OH – March 6, 2018) – East Liverpool Health System, a member of Prime Healthcare Foundation, was named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals by IBM Watson HealthTM and is one of only 13 hospitals in the nation to be selected for the Everest Award, one of the healthcare’s most distinguished honors.

Formerly known as the Truven Health Analytics® 100 Top Hospitals, IBM Watson Health spotlights the top-performing hospitals in the U.S based on a balanced scorecard of clinical, operational and patient satisfaction rankings and data.

In addition, East Liverpool Health System was one of only a handful of hospitals in the nation selected for the Everest Award. The award means the hospital has set the national benchmark for balanced excellence in a single year, and has demonstrated the greatest improvement over five consecutive years.

East Liverpool Health System, a 152-bed community hospital, is the only hospital in the Tri-State area to receive this national recognition.

“The country’s best hospitals have proven that an unrelenting focus on quality, supported by constant measurement against peer performance benchmarks, can drive improved outcomes while reducing costs and growing profit margins,” said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president, 100 Top Hospitals Programs, IBM Watson Health. “Congratulations to this 25th anniversary class of 100 Top Hospitals who have helped raise the bar for healthcare in the U.S. and improve the healthcare experiences of the people in their communities.”

“East Liverpool Health System’s greatest assets are our physicians, staff and volunteers,” said Keith Richardson, CEO of East Liverpool Health System. “This award reflects our commitment to caring for our patients and their families, and for keeping them safe.”

East Liverpool Health System was acquired in financial distress by Prime Healthcare Foundation in 2016. Since it was acquired, Prime has invested more than $4.8 million in improvements and equipment upgrades, including new cardiac monitors and imaging equipment. East Liverpool has been recognized for its quality patient care, most recently receiving Healthgrades recognition for patient safety and 5-star recognition for the treatment of Heart Failure, Sepsis, Respiratory Failure and Pneumonia.

In addition, the American College of Cardiology has recognized East Liverpool Health System for its demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients with chest pain. East Liverpool Health System was awarded Chest Pain Center Accreditation in October, 2017 based on rigorous onsite evaluation of the staff’s ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack.

“Congratulations to all East Liverpool physicians, nurses and employees for achieving this national recognition for consistently providing quality patient care year over year,” said Prem Reddy, MD, FACC, FCCP, Chairman, President and CEO of Prime Healthcare. “Prime Healthcare hospitals are dedicated to clinical excellence and operational efficiency, and this award is a testament to the hard work at East Liverpool Health System to achieve the best possible results for patients and families in the Tri-State area.”

“This honor is a very special recognition for every staff member and physician at East Liverpool Health System who are grateful to serve the community with high quality, compassionate care,” said Luis Leon, President of Prime Healthcare, Division II. “From the frontline caregivers to leadership, I am proud of the dedication and hard work that resulted in this prestigious award. It’s an honor to serve with the East Liverpool hospital family in their culture of excellence.”

The Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals® study uses independent and objective research to analyze hospital and health system performance in 11 areas, addressing: inpatient mortality; the 30-day mortality rate; complications; core measures; the 30-day risk-adjusted readmission rate; severity-adjusted average length of stay; mean emergency room throughput; inpatient expense per discharge; Medicare spend per beneficiary; adjusted operating profit margin; and Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) score (patient rating of overall hospital performance). The study has been conducted annually since 1993.

Based on the results of this year’s study, if all Medicare inpatients received the same level of care as those treated in the award-winning facilities:

  • More than 102,000 additional lives could be saved;
  • More than 43,000 additional patients could be complication-free;
  • More than $4.4 billion in inpatient costs could be saved;
  • Approximately 200,000 fewer discharged patients would be readmitted within 30 days;

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About East Liverpool Health System

East Liverpool Health System has been proudly serving residents of the tristate region since 1905. With 152 licensed beds and more than 500 employees, the hospital averages 31,000 Emergency Department visits annually. East Liverpool’s medical staff is comprised of more than 160 physicians with an additional 21 resident physicians completing their training in Family Medicine and Internal Medicine. The hospital provides 24/7 emergency services, general surgery, medical stabilization for substance abuse, behavioral health for adults over the age of 55, and remains the only cardiac rehabilitation program in Columbiana County. For more information, visit

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