The merger that became one of the nation’s best health systems

May 14, 2019 | by Mary Lou Mastro

We got some big news this spring.

IBM Watson Health™ named Edward-Elmhurst Health one of the nation’s 15 Top Health Systems. We were one of five systems recognized in the Medium Health System category along with health systems from Minnesota, Ohio and Indiana.

This annual study spotlights the best-performing health systems in the U.S., based on a balanced scorecard of publicly available clinical, operational and patient satisfaction data and metrics. This year’s study evaluated 337 health systems and 2,961 member hospitals before choosing the top 15.

According to Watson Health’s evaluation, The 15 Top health systems:

  • Had fewer people die in the hospital and had fewer patient health complications
  • Had fewer people contract infections while they were hospitalized
  • Had fewer people readmitted to the hospital in the 30 days after they were discharged
  • Sent patients home sooner
  • Provided faster emergency care
  • Scored higher on patient ratings of their overall hospital experience

This aligns with our vision: providing safe, seamless, personal care.

What makes this announcement even more significant is the fact that this is the first major healthcare honor of this type we have received as a health system since we merged in 2013.

I give credit to our talented leadership team who has helped guide countless improvement efforts, and to our nurses, doctors and staff who’ve worked together to achieve this recognition.

Two outstanding healthcare organizations have meshed into one of the best health systems in the country, and our patients are the true beneficiaries. I’m proud of our staff, and I’m even more proud to say we offer top-notch care to our communities.

You’re getting the best of the best at Edward-Elmhurst Health. We’re honored to care for you.

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