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The East Liverpool Health System was named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals by IBM Watson Health. The study spotlights the top-performing hospitals in the U.S. list based on a balanced scorecard of publicly available clinical, operational and patient satisfaction metrics and data.

The Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals study uses independent and objective research to analyze hospital and health system performance in 10 clinical and operational areas addressing: risk-adjusted inpatient mortality index, risk-adjusted complications index, mean healthcare-associated infection index, mean 30-day risk-adjusted mortality rate, mean 30-day risk-adjusted readmission rate, severity-adjusted length of stay, mean emergency department throughout, case mix-and wage-adjusted inpatient expense per discharge, adjusted operating profit margin, and HCAHPS score. (patient rating of overall (hospital performance). The study has been conducted annually since 1993. This is the 2nd time that East Liverpool Hospital has been recognized with this honor.

“We are proud of East Liverpool’s recognition, which is evidence that the entire team is focused on the same goals — delivery safe, high-quality care, and the best patient experience possible,” said Paryus Patel, MD, Chief Medical Officer of Prime Healthcare Division II. “It’s an incredible feat to receive this quality recognition and the Everest Award two years in a row. Congratulations to the board members, leadership, physicians and staff whose dedicated efforts made this honor possible.”

“East Liverpool Health System is honored to have been awarded the Watson IBM Top 100 Hospital designation for the second time. This is a reflection of the commitment of our physicians, nurses and staff to patient safety, quality outcomes, and patient experience. We are honored to provide the Tri-State area with high quality health care,” said Keith Richardson, President and CEO of East Liverpool Health System.

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

*More than 103,000 additional lives could be saved

*More than 38,000 additional patients could be complication-free

*More than $8.2 billion in inpatient costs could be saved, and

* Approximately 155,000 fewer discharged patients would be readmitted within 30 days.

“At a time when research shows that the U.S. spends nearly twice as much on healthcare as other high-income countries, yet still has poorer population health outcomes, the 100 Top Hospitals are bucking the trend by delivering consistently better care at a lower cost,” said Ekta Punwani, 100 Top Hospitals program leader at IBM Watson Health. “The hospitals on this list represent the current vanguard in value-based care and we applaud their commitment to quality.”

The winning hospitals were announced in the March 4 edition of “Modern Healthcare” Magazine.